[Marxism] Questions re Syria

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 23 17:08:59 MST 2016

On 11/23/16 7:03 PM, Ken Hiebert via Marxism wrote:
> By comparison with the war in Afghanistan, the Syrian air force has
> suffered very few losses of helicopters and planes.  Apparently their
> foreign arms suppliers have not provided them with MANPADS.  Why is
> that?

In fact there was zero interest in a large-scale intervention in Syria 
in either civilian or military quarters. All this is documented in a NY 
Times article from October 22nd 2013, written when the alarums over a 
looming war with Syria were at their loudest, that stated “from the 
beginning, Mr. Obama made it clear to his aides that he did not envision 
an American military intervention, even as public calls mounted that 
year for a no-fly zone to protect Syrian civilians from bombings.” The 
article stressed the role of White House Chief of Staff Dennis 
McDonough, who had frequently clashed with the hawkish Samantha Power. 
In contrast to Power and others with a more overtly “humanitarian 
intervention” perspective, McDonough “who had perhaps the closest ties 
to Mr. Obama, remained skeptical. He questioned how much it was in 
America’s interest to tamp down the violence in Syria.” In other words, 
the White House policy was and is allowing the Baathists and the rebels 
to exhaust each other in an endless war, just as was White House policy 
during the Iran-Iraq conflict.

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