Israel Lobby Pushes for US Action Against the Syrian Government (to weaken Iran)

From: “Stephen Sniegoski”
 
Friends,
 
Israel Lobby Pushes for US Action Against the Syrian Government: James
Morris Dares to Mention the Taboo History            

In Russia Today’s recent Crosstalk program on Syria, guest  James Morris
was brave enough to incisively point out the taboo fact that the Israel
lobby has been in the forefront  in pushing a hardline interventionist
approach for the US toward that divided country. The host and the two other
guests on the show pooh-poohed the idea  on the grounds that (in their
minds) it would not be in Israel’s national interest to topple the secular
Assad regime and possibly bring about an Islamist state that could be even
more hostile to Israel.  But when one  moves from speculation to an analysis
of the actual position of members of the Israel lobby, one can see that
Morris was completely correct.  Moreover, Morris was completely correct  in
pointing out that the Israel lobby’s  position  has nothing to do with
ending oppression, and everything to do with Israeli security, as members of
the Israel lobby have perceived Israel’s interest (which might not be the
same as the Crosstalk threesome.)

 
 
 
The neoconservatives, the vanguard of the Israel lobby, have especially been
ardent in their advocacy of a hardline, interventionist position toward
Syria. Evidence abounds for this finding, but it is best encapsulated by an
August 2011 open letter from  the neoconservative Foundation for the Defense
of Democracies (an organization which claims to address any “threat facing
America, Israel and the West”)  to  President Obama, urging  him to take
stronger measures against Syria.  Among the  signatories of the letter are
such neocon luminaries  as: Elliott Abrams (son-in-law of neocon “godfather”
Norman Podhoretz and a former National Security adviser to President George
W. Bush); the Council on Foreign Relations’ Max Boot; “Weekly Standard”
editor Bill Kristol;   Douglas Feith (Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
under George W. Bush and an author of the “Clean Break” policy paper);
Joshua Muravchik (affiliated with the American Enterprise Institute [AEI],
the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, and “Commentary”);
Frederick W. Kagan (AEI, co-author of the “surge” in Iraq);  Robert Kagan
(co-founder of the Project for the New American Century PNAC); James Woolsey
(head of the CIA under Clinton and chair of  the  Foundation for Defense of
Democracies); Randy Scheunemann (former President of the Committee for the
Liberation of Iraq and foreign affairs adviser to John McCain in his 2008
presidential campaign); Reuel Marc Gerecht (former Director of the Project
for the New American Century’s Middle East Initiative and a former resident
fellow at AEI); Michael Makovsky (advisor to the propagandistic Office of
Special Plans, which was under Douglas Feith); John Hannah ( senior fellow
at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy [WINEP] and a former
national security adviser to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney); and  Gary
Schmitt (AEI and former President for the Project for a New American
Century).
http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/08/19/conservatives_suggest_syria_next_steps_0
   
As Morris notes in his presentation, elimination of the Assad regime in
Syria was not an idea conceived by either  the neocons or the broader Israel
lobby; rather it  can be traced back to the Israeli  Likudniks, being
articulated by Oded Yinon in his 1982 piece, “A Strategy for Israel in the
Nineteen Eighties.”    In this article, Yinon called for Israel to use
military means to bring about the dissolution of  Israel’s neighboring
states and their fragmentation into a mosaic of ethnic and sectarian
groupings. Yinon believed that this would not be a difficult undertaking
because nearly all the Arab states were afflicted with internal ethnic and
religious divisions. In essence, the end result would be a Middle East of
powerless mini-statelets that could in no way confront Israeli power.
Lebanon, then facing divisive chaos, was Yinon’s model for the entire Middle
East. Yinon wrote: “Lebanon’s total dissolution into five provinces serves
as a precedent for the entire Arab world including Egypt, Syria, Iraq and
the Arabian peninsula and is already following that track. The dissolution
of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or religiously unique areas such
as in Lebanon, is Israel’s primary target on the Eastern front in the long
run, while the dissolution of the military power of those states serves as
the primary short term target.” (Quoted in “The Transparent Cabal,” p. 51)

What stands out in the stark contrast to the debate taking place
today is that Yinon’s rationale for  eliminating the dictatorial regimes in
Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East had absolutely nothing to do with
their oppressive practices and lack of democracy, but rather was based
solely on Israel’s geostrategic interests-the aim being to permanently
weaken Israel’s enemies.     The neoconservatives took up the gist of the
Yinon’s position  in their 1996 Clean Break policy paper, whose authors
included neocons Richard Perle, David Wurmser, Douglas Feith, which was
presented to then incoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It  urged him
to use military force against a number of Israel’s enemies, which beginning
with Iraq would include  “weakening, containing, and even rolling back
Syria.”  Once again the fundamental concern was Israeli security, not
liberty and democracy for the people of those countries. (“The Transparent
Cabal,” p. 90)

Numerous neocons before and after 9/11 expressed the need to
confront Syria in order to protect the security of both the United States
and Israel, whose interests they claimed coincided.  And this position on
Syria was concurred in  by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who, one
month before the US invasion of Iraq,  identified it, along with Libya and
Iran,  as an ideal target for  future US action.  Sharon stated:  “These are
irresponsible states, which must be disarmed of weapons [of] mass
destruction, and a successful American move in Iraq as a model will make
that easier to achieve.” ( Quoted in “The Transparent Cabal,”  p. 172)

A month after Bush’s 2004 re-election,  Bill Kristol would emphasize
the key position of Syria in the “war on terrorism.”  He wrote in the
“Weekly Standard” that because Syria was allegedly interfering with
America’s efforts to put down the insurgency  in Iraq,  it was thus
essential for the United States “to get serious about dealing with Syria as
part of winning in Iraq, and in the broader Middle East.” (Quoted in “The
Transparent Cabal,” pp. 253-254)

The close ties  between Syria and Iran would begin to provide a
fundamental reason for the neocons’ desire to take action against Syria.  It
was this factor that shaped neocon thinking on the Israel’s July 2006
incursion into Lebanon.  Some months after the Israeli invasion, neocon
Meyrav Wurmser would affirm that it was neocon influence in the Bush administration that
was setting US policy on Lebanon, with the aim being a direct Israeli
confrontation with Syria. “The neocons are responsible for the fact that
Israel got a lot of time and space,” Wurmser stated. “They believed that
Israel should be allowed to win. A great part of it was the thought that
Israel should fight against the real enemy, the one backing Hizbullah. It
was obvious that it is impossible to fight directly against Iran, but the
thought was that its strategic and important ally should be hit.”
Furthermore, “If Israel had hit Syria, it would have been such a harsh blow
for Iran that it would have weakened it and [changed] the strategic map in
the Middle East.” (Quoted in “The Transparent Cabal,” p. 278)

 And any action by Iran to protect its Syrian ally would provide a
casus belli for the United States to attack Iran, which is what the neocons
sought.  Michael Ledeen opined, “The only way we are going to win this war
is to bring down those regimes in Tehran and Damascus and they are not going
to fall as a result of fighting between their terrorist proxies in Gaza and
Lebanon on the one hand, and Israel on the other. Only the United States can
accomplish it.” (Quoted in “The Transparent Cabal,” p. 279)
Bill Kristol argued the same point in his article,  “It’s Our War,”
underscoring the need for direct American involvement in the ongoing
conflict. America “might consider countering this act of Iranian aggression
[arms provided to Hezbollah]  with a military strike against Iranian nuclear
facilities.” ( Quoted in “The Transparent Cabal,” p. 279)

As can be seen, the goal of eliminating the Assad Baathist regime
has existed among Israeli Likudniks and the neocons for some time.  And it
currently propels the demand for militant action  against the Syrian
government.    Moreover, action taken against Syria has become viewed as a
way of seriously weakening Iran (perceived as a much more dangerous enemy),
or even leading to war with it.    That Israel might not benefit from regime
change in Syria, and that some in Israel might actually fear such a
development, does not alter the obvious fact that the neocons and much of
the overall Israel lobby support it.  And it is they who affect the policy
of the United States.   

Stephen  Sniegoski

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 Israel Lobby Pushes for US Action Against the Syrian Government: James
Morris Dares to Mention the Taboo History

http://thepassionateattachment.com/2012/02/13/israel-lobby-pushes-for-us-action-against-the-syrian-government/

http://salem-news.com/articles/february142012/morris-iran-ss.php

The Israel Lobby’s Role in Pushing for Regime Change in Syria

http://thepassionateattachment.com/2012/02/10/the-israel-lobbys-role-in-pushing-for-regime-change-in-syria/

 Syrian opposition wish to “be friends” with Israel

 JINSA: Strengthening Israel by promoting Syrian ‘Chalabi’ (fits with what James Morris mentioned about the ‘JINSA crowd’ in the above RT ‘CrossTalk’ interview):

http://thepassionateattachment.com/2012/02/19/jinsa-strengthening-israel-by-promoting-syrian-chalabi/

Iran cornered with key ally Syria on the brink?

http://rt.com/news/syria-roads-lead-tehran-659/

Israel calls up Reserves re Egypt, Syria

http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/20915/53/

A surreptitious WINEP project is pushing cataclysmic regime change in Syria

http://thepassionateattachment.com/2012/02/21/fikra-an-israeli-forum-for-arab-democrats/

Europe blindly following Israeli interest on Syria

http://thepassionateattachment.com/2012/02/18/europe-blindly-following-israeli-interest-on-syria/

Keep in mind that the ‘JINSA crowd’ was after Iraq for Israel as well via their ‘Clean Break’ agenda which was also mentioned by James Morris during that RT ‘CrossTalk’ broadcast linked above!
 
Even The Daily Beast censored the http://tinyurl.com/cleanbreak link out of a recent piece about ‘Neocon Newt’ Gingrich as the following blog entry by Maidhc O’ CatHail conveys (scroll to comments section at bottom of following link if interested further)!:
 

NATO and CIA Covertly Arming Syrian Rebels in Order to Weaken Iran (for Israel)

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/01/27/nato-and-cia-covertly-arming-syrian-rebels-in-order-to-weaken-iran/ 

Obama Commits to US Intervention in Syria

US Can’t Be Bystander, President Insists

http://news.antiwar.com/2012/02/24/obama-commits-to-us-intervention-in-syria/

Obama Commits to US Intervention in Syria US Can’t Be Bystander, President Insist

http://news.antiwar.com/2012/02/24/obama-commits-to-us-intervention-in-syria/

Russia Troops In Syria? Report Claims Military Unit Arrives At Syrian Port

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/19/russia-troops-in-syria_n_1364835.html

US Syria mission still possible – but at what price?

http://rt.com/news/usa-syria-military-panetta-099/

’U.S. pursues policy of divide and conquer’ 

http://www.presstv.com/usdetail/232614.html

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The following fits with what James Morris mentioned near the end of his RT CrossTalk appearance linked above with Dr. Sniegoski’s piece about such!

‘Neocon John’ McCain wants to arm the Syrian rebels (exactly what James Morris said would happen at the end of that RT ‘CrossTalk’ Syria broadcast linked above):

McCain wants to arm Syrian rebels

http://rt.com/usa/news/mccain-syria-american-arms-777

McCain: U.S. must lead (for Israel on behalf of AIPAC and the Neocon war for Israel agenda) in Syria (see comments at following link):

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3460_162-57414325/mccain-u.s-must-lead-in-syria/

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3460_162-57414325/mccain-u.s-must-lead-in-syria/

McCain once again calls for arming Syrian rebels

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/236520.html

Lieberman-McCain Strike Again (scroll down to comments of following URL as well):

http://thepassionateattachment.com/2012/04/11/lieberman-mccain-strike-again/

American сannibalism in Syria (Op-Ed)

http://rt.com/news/american-cannibalism-in-syria-salbuchi-126/

Neocon mouthpiece John McCain calls for airstrikes in Syria:

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/05/mccain-calls-for-airstrikes-in-syria/

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/mccain-calls-u-led-airstrikes-syria-203424110.html

Additional at following URL:

Neocon mouthpiece John McCain calls for airstrikes in Syria:

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/03/05/neocon-mouthpiece-john-mccain-calls-for-airstrikes-in-syria/

On Syria, Follow McCain (says pro-Israel/Neocon Weekly Standard & FDD)

http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/on-syria-follow-mccain/

US Senator John McCain gives the game away – the real reason for an attack on Syria would be to weaken Iran (for Israel)

 http://america-hijacked.com/2012/03/14/us-senator-john-mccain-gives-the-game-away-the-real-reason-for-an-attack-on-syria-would-be-to-weaken-iran/

And pandering neocon toady Mitt Romney said the following:

“”If we can turn Syria and Lebanon away from Iran, we finally have the capacity to get Iran to pull back,” Romney said. He added that the United States should make it clear that military action would be taken if Iran pursued nuclear weapons.

Republicans voice support for arming Syria opposition

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=259035

US softens stance on arms for Syria rebels:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SYRIA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Obama Admin Orders Military Planning for Syria Intervention

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/3/8/headlines#0

Syria: Straining credulity?
By Alastair Crooke

“The UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry condemns the Syrian government of crimes against humanity, but only on the basis of what the opposition says, and without having investigated evidence of opposition “crimes”: and then proceeds to “charge” the Syrian government with this process based simply on “reasonable suspicion”: Do they really believe what they have written, or is it just a part of “writing the script”? [2]

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/NC09Ak03.html

UN Security Council backs Annan peace plan

http://www.rt.com/news/human-rights-syria-rebels-156/

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Eric Margolis wrote:

As I’ve been reporting, US/Brit Special forces training, arming, directing anti-Asad regime rebels. Lebanon’s far right sending men and arms into Syria, backed by US and Saudis. Full court press to overthrow Asad regime as way of hurting ally Iran. Washington looking for a Syrian general to head insurgent forces. 

19% Support Increased U.S. Involvement In Syria

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/israel_the_middle_east/19_support_increased_u_s_involvement_in_syria

Additional via following link:

CrossTalking about Syria on ‘Russia Today’ (RT) with James Morris

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/02/10/crosstalking-about-syria-on-russia-today-with-james-morris/

Israel lobby pushing Iran sanctions (acts of war as Ron Paul has accurately said) which is driving up the oil prices in the process:

 http://tinyurl.com/jamesmorrisUSSLiberty

US pays price in money and blood for Israel’ (latest Press TV interview with James Morris during which he mentions ‘Neocon John’ McCain as well)

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/228413.html

Following is a youtube of the above:

US pays price in money and blood for Israel’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JajFxvfwwnU

Israeli lobbies dragging US into wars

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/211743.html

Press TV talks to James Morris on ‘CNN GOP Debate’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEtASJOjDU8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyD20wngY20

http://youtu.be/LyD20wngY20

http://salem-news.com/articles/november292011/morris-ron-paul.php

Only Ron Paul is not owned by AIPAC / Interview with James Morris / editor of america-hijacked.com

http://fightingforliberty.ning.com/forum/topics/only-ron-paul-is-not-owned-by-aipac-interview-with-james-morris

Israel lobby behind Iran tension pushing US to the brink of WW3:

http://tinyurl.com/jamesmorrisussliberty

James Morris on PressTV – “US neo-cons seek war on Syria, Iran”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVkrvizNPJ8

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/180693.html

‘Israel pushing Obama into war with Iran’

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/180700.html

http://salem-news.com/articles/may202011/morris-press-tv.php

Press TV – ‘Pro-Israel lobby has stranglehold on US political system’

http://america-hijacked.com/2011/05/23/press-tv-pro-israel-lobby-has-stranglehold-on-us-political-system/

Israeli TV report shows air force gearing-up for Iran attack, says moment of truth is near

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/04/16/israeli-tv-report-shows-air-force-gearing-up-for-iran-attack-says-moment-of-truth-is-near/

James Morris on Israel’s rarely discussed Samson Option

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgMeno7YAjw

9 Responses to “Israel Lobby Pushes for US Action Against the Syrian Government (to weaken Iran)”

  • Paulina says:

    James, you just blew the lid off of the whole game… fantastic and informative piece.

  • Aristaeus says:

    Israel’s Nutinyahoo is a WARMONGER…PULL HIS ECONOMIC AND MILITARY AID!

  • monce says:

    if i were a Jewish Government member, i would be a neoconservative .
    If i were a Muslim pondering on the fate of palestinians for instance i would naturally condemn but understand somebody being be part of organisations like Hezbollah or Al Qaeda.

    How far in Stupidity can you people condemn your children to Hatred ?

    And Misery ?

    A simple European.

  • Richard Cohen (Washington Post columnist) is a pro-Israel liberal, not a neocon, but he almost always follows the neocon war line (with a dash of liberal hand-wringing)—he supported the Gulf War of 1991, the attack on Iraq, and justifies an Israeli attack on Iran (which ineluctably would involve the US). In the following article he advocates a US attack on Syria for humanitarian reasons. But he cannot keep out the fact that the removal of Assad would be of major benefit to Israel.
    He writes: “If the United States finally acts, Russia will throw a fit. Pity. But more importantly, so will Iran. Syria is virtually its puppet state. The demise of the Assad regime would be a heavy blow to Iran. More pragmatically, it would be a boon to Israel. Iran supplies Hezbollah and Hamas through Syria. You can predict anything other than the future in the Middle East, yet bloodying Assad’s nose has nothing but favorable consequences for America and its allies in the region, not only Israel but Saudi Arabia as well.”
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-can-make-all-the-difference-in-syria/2012/03/26/gIQA8wsvcS_story.html

  • There are good comments following the Cohen piece in the Washington Post, showing that people are catching on in the bastion of mainstream liberalism. For example, see (at the end of the Cohen article): “If I were to imply that the pressure to attack Syria was to be a Cat’s Paw for Israel, I would be attacked as an anti-Semite, but I don’t have to because Cohen has admitted the truth: ‘More pragmatically, it would be a boon to Israel.’”

  • Sniegoski_Supporter says:

    Stephen Sniegoski, thank you. You are doing valuable work for many thousands of readers, as you have done for years.

  • David Strader says:

    Why is the Arab League so concerned about the protests in Syria? How far will the Turks go? Should the international community help the rebels, and what options does it have? Is there any way to stop violence in the country without turning it into a new Libya or Iraq? CrossTalking with James Carafano, Nick Ottens and James Morris on February 10th, 2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0myWXX0Owic

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