[Marxism] Fwd: Does Obama Want to Carve Up Syria? - The Daily Beast

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Feb 25 06:43:54 MST 2016

(Tony Badran is a rightwing ideologue but this sounds very plausible.)

Tony Badran of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies is one of a 
handful of Syria analysts who has argued that it is supremely unfair to 
deny that the Obama administration has behaved incompetently over the 
last five years, as a protest movement gradually gave way to an armed 
insurrection and then, increasingly, a jihadist infiltration. The 
humanitarian toll and breakdown in international security are 
unfortunate and unintended consequences of an unchanged policy that was 
always meant to culminate in a regional re-balance of powers that is now 
a fait accompli across the Middle East, Badran argues.

“Obama’s vision for any Syrian endgame always conceded an Iranian 
protectorate contiguous with Lebanon,” he said. “He has dubbed this 
‘respecting Iran’s equities.’ Beyond that, however, his template for 
Syria is at its core a replica of the template he has applied in Iraq: a 
U.S.-recognized Iranian zone, which cooperates with a U.S.- and 
Iranian-backed Kurdish zone (in the case of Syria, unlike Iraq, this 
zone is entirely hostile to Turkey), and then a third, Sunni Arab, kill 
zone in between.”


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