[Marxism] Syria's Al-Assad: Trump, Openly Criminal, is the best US President we could Wish for
chris_w_slee at hotmail.com
Sun Nov 3 18:57:58 MST 2019
Even though Trump is ignorant, his Syria policy did have a certain logic from the standpoint of US imperialism.
By giving a green light to the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria, he aimed to restore relations between Turkey and the US, which had been damaged by the US alliance with the SDF against ISIS.
But other sections of the US ruling class had different priorities. They were worried that the defeat of the SDF would allow ISIS to revive. This could destabilise US allies in the Middle East.
It could also lead to an increase in terrorism directed at Western targets. If freed ISIS prisoners were to carry out attacks on US embassies etc, there would be a search for someone to blame, and those who encouraged the Turkish invasion would be obvious candidates.
The anti-Trump faction was also aware that if the US withdrew the SDF would turn to Russia for help.
The conflict between Trump and other sections of the ruling class has resulted in an incoherent policy, where US troops were first withdrawn and then sent back or replaced by new troops.
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The clock isn't right even once a day in this case.
yes, Assad is correct that Trump is the best US president for Assad. But
not for the reason he gives here.
Trump is the best for Assad because Trump just made an abrupt move that
allowed the Assad regime tom re-take almost the entire northeast border,
which it has been locked out of for 7 years; and it was no accident, he
openly said he supported the SDF doing the deal with Assad. He just thanked
Assad and Russia for help locating al-Baghdadi, though they both deny
having any knowledge of it. He formally cut off whatever funding for the
some FSA units that had still remained, even though much of it was largely
dormant by late Obama period anyway. He also ended the $200 million program
funding civil initiatives in opposition areas in Syria. His government made
even clearer than Obama that the only "rebels" who get any US arms were
those who don't rebel, ie, agree to only fight ISIS and not Assad. His
government gave Assad permission to bomb even these US-backed anti-ISIS
rebels, even within a US-protected enclave, when one unit had the gall to
*fight back* when attacked by Assadist troops. He dramaticalLy stepped up
the bombing of HTS in the early months, killing 57 worshippers in an Idlib
mosque (that was around the time that Tulsi Gabbard condemned Trump for not
bombing them enough). The US airforce even directly fought alongside
Assadist and Russian forces helping them conquer Deir Ezzor from ISIS. So,
yes, Trump is the best US president for Assad
However, Assad claims he is the best US president because his statement
about the US might "keep the oil" shows how transparent he is about US
policy. Except it doesn't. Anyone who thinks US policy is to "keep the
oil", or that it entered Syria to seize Syria's insignificant amount of
destroyed oil wells, has really no idea. Trump made that statement not to
be transparent, but because he is a political illiterate. He is good for
Assad in that sense because he enables Assad, and a whole lot of leftist
and far-right political illiterates, to say "see, it was all a war for
oil". Which of course is rubbish; the statement is only Trump being dumb.
The entire policy of returning troops, just after they left, using the
excuse of "protecting the oil", is a face-saving device for US imperialism,
aimed at trying to rescue some of its lost credibility, and keeping some of
the links it had made with the SDF, which Trump burnt. US imperialism wants
to keep doing what it was doing before October 6, before Trump ripped up 5
years of US work: maintaining an SDF statelet (for the time being, I don't
believe long-term), with a number of aims, mostly to keep fighting ISIS, as
a buffer to Iran, and to keep a foot in the political process which is
otherwise dominated by Russia, Turkey and Iran via the Astana process.. So
they are maintaining one, a much smaller one than before. Trump wanted
right out. So they said the word "oil" to bullshit him, coz they remembered
Trump had this thing about how the US "should have kept Iraq's oil". So a
literate guy, Defense Secretary Esper, explains clearly that "We want to
make sure that SDF does have access to the resources in order to guard the
[IS] prisons, in order to arm their own troops, in order to assist us with
the 'defeat ISIS' mission." A logical statement of ruling class interest.
Far from the US "keeping the oil", the US is just continuing to protect SDF
control of the oil, control the SDF has had since the US helped them seize
the oil from ISIS. By protecting the SDF the last 5 years, the US was
thereby already protecting its control of the oil. Nothing new at all,
except that previously the US was protecting the SDF more extensively. But
then Trump makes the completely illiterate statement that the US will be
"keeping the oil", an entirely different thing, and one with no relation to
reality, or US ruling class intentions. He didn't say that because he is so
transparent about US intentions, he said it because he says a lot of dumb
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