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Why Choosing Iran over Syria is a Moral and Strategic Failure for Obama

May 22, 2016 Leave a comment

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There is no argument about the Obama’s foreign policy that has not been leading anywhere but nowhere. Nonetheless when it comes to Iran, history shows this matter is apart from any presidency decision at a time, rather it is embedded within the long term policy of the U.S. governance system. This is because Iran has always been a critical point of geopolitical interest for the United States.

During the cold war era, as a resolution to stop the expansion of communism in the Middle East, U.S. along with its European allies, in a Conference in France in January 1979, came to conclusion to establish a green belt under the Soviet Union border by promoting and supporting the anti-atheist Islamic theocrats to take over the government in Iran. Since then the Mullahs’ regime has shown its extreme domestic and global atrocities in at least three fronts, act and support of terrorism, meddling in neighboring countries, and grave human rights violation against its own people.

During the past almost four decades, six U.S. presidents have been the bystanders of the regime’s shocking security threats across the region and the globe and yet not a single countermeasure against it has been instituted. Over time it has become more evident that such inaction and indifference of U.S. presidents has nothing to do with any individual U.S. government’s lack of will in responding to these unprecedented threats but has emanated in long term U.S. policies, which sought strategies far into future. These long term policies, per domestic and global necessities, are usually modified or changed over the course of a decade or so and has little to do with a single U.S. government’s dogma at a time.

About four decades of appeasing Iran policy has been carried out by six U.S. presidents. Regardless of the Iranian grassroots discontent, they have made all the supportive efforts they could to keep the mullahs’ regime well and alive. Why?, because firstly, the neocolonialism loves to deal with imbecilic Islamic mullahs whom at the very least, per their Sharia among other things, are against the nationalism, a key-code and an invitation card for an easy foreign aggression. And secondly, the apocalyptic IRI regime can easily be used as a wrecking ball to do the U.S. dirty job of destroying the region. How long this policy will continue? is it going to change at all? if so, when? All the evidence suggests that for no less than another term of the U.S. presidency, regardless of whoever is the next U.S. president, the ongoing chaos in Middle East is not only going to continue but will spread all over the region in general and to Iran in particular. Remember this is part of the long-term U.S. geopolitical strategy in the Middle East, which tends to change the current regional borders once established by the Sykes–Picot agreement, exactly a century ago. [DID]

At least now the betrayal is out in the open.

For years, Syria’s revolutionaries have suspected America’s lack of meaningful support for their uprising against dictator Bashar al-Assad was tied to President Barack Obama’s desire to re-engage with Iran.

Iran is Assad’s primary patron (though Russia, which has been bombing on his behalf since September, is a close second). Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are fighting in Syria, as are soldiers of Iran’s proxy Lebanese militia, Hezbollah, along with Shia irregulars from Afghanistan and Iraq whose passage to Syria Iran facilitates.

Defeat for Assad held the prospect of dramatically weakening Iran’s influence in the Middle East, a primary objective of U.S. foreign policy for decades—until Obama changed it.

In a remarkable New York Times Magazine profile, Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, does not explicitly link Obama’s abandonment of Syria with Washington’s outreach to Iran, but he frames the importance Obama placed on rapprochement with Iran in a way that makes it difficult to avoid concluding the two were connected. ­­ Read more…

Syria: Moscow Strikes, Washington Watches

October 3, 2015 Leave a comment
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Russian air strikes target the Syrian territories under the control of moderate opposition.

Obama’s speech during his second-term presidential election “We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are” was nothing more than rhetoric to the US voters. By adopting “no ground-force policy in Iraq and Syria” he unambiguously signaled to the Islamic terrorists that they would have a clear field of operation. He has also suspended the $500-million US program to train and equip Syrian opposition forces known as the New Syrian Forces, or NSF. By abandoning the program, Washington risks losing its ability to influence events on the ground in Syria. More importantly Obama has actually warned to veto the defense policy bill that Senate has recently passed, keeping the restraints on the US military during a critical time that the nation and the world are in utmost need for safety and security. It comes as no surprise to expect from such useless president the mere carelessness in response to the pledges of millions of innocent people whose lives were threatened by those terrorists when we de facto witness that he is not even concerned about the shattered lives of US soldiers by the same evil enemies. His pathetic support measures in Middle East to fight a proxy war is doomed to failure. Securing global peace requires strong and dedicated leadership and a resolute will in responding to the unprecedented crimes against humanity that the world is witnessing today. [DID]  

Four years of failed US policy toward Syria have produced alarming results that transcend the Levant. Having carefully gauged the gap between Obama administration rhetoric and action, Russian President Vladimir Putin has elected to intervene militarily to help the Assad regime defeat its non-Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) enemies. He is doing so in the belief that the US response will essentially be one of bemoaning the supposedly big mistake he is making. Like his predecessor over fifty years ago, he senses weakness on the part of a US president. Like his predecessor he risks discovering that trifling with the United States is not a healthy pursuit. But such a risk entails dangers for all concerned.

Missiles in Cuba are not the same thing as Russian fighter-bombers assaulting non-ISIL enemies of the Assad regime. The Russian air assaults, however, signal Moscow’s deep contempt for Washington and a careful calculation that the Obama administration will do nothing substantial to counter them. To the extent that the Obama administration still believes that what happens in Syria stays in Syria, it is seriously mistaken.  Read more…

US-Iranian Mullahs Pact for Resolving the Iraqi Crisis, Really!?

June 18, 2014 Leave a comment

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All along DID editorial has asserted that Obama administration has been playing a conspiracy theory in the Middle East region, which has 3 acts, act one: balancing powers among sectarians, act two: engineering sectarian wars, and act three: redrawing the new blueprint for the region.

Act one, since Sunnis outnumber the Shiites in the region there has been a need to make a power balance between the Sunni groups and Shiite factions. US has been working toward the benefits of Iranian mullahs from the beginning of the IRI establishment. Over time US has allowed the apocalyptic mullahs to export their ideologies outside Iran border to make bases around the region such as its establishment in Lebanon, the terrorist group of Hezbollah. US invasion of Iraq and toppling Saddam Hussein was actually an initial strategy to boost the political power of the mullahs’ regime in the region. Then  endorsement of the Iranian mullahs’ puppet, Maliki, as the Iraqi PM in spite of the victory of Ayad Allawi’s predominantly Sunni alliance in 2010 Iraq’s national election, was part of the US administration efforts to broaden the regional power of the IRI regime. Then it was the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, which again was formulated to let the Shiite regime to dominate the region.

Act two, the conspiracy has been to manipulate sectarian war among Sunnis groups and Shiites factions. Syria crisis and more than 3 years of US inaction policy while giving the green light to the criminal Mullahs’ regime and its terrorist proxies to interfere in the Syrian civil war to help Assad stay in power, and on the other hand permitting the Islamic Sunni extremists join the battle and turn the country into a source provider of terrorism in the world, to the point of terrorists’ spill over into the neighboring countries such as Iraq, are all articulate the veracity of such insane intrigue theory. But above all this recent announcement of a US joint plan with mullahs’ regime to resolve the Iraqi crisis is just ludicrous. For more than a decade the Mullahs’ regime has been the mastermind behind the Maliki government’s policy of imposing sectarian discrimination in Iraq against the Sunnis sections, how US can expect this criminal regime to, all of a sudden, change its inimical conduct in dealing with Sunnis groups and play a positive role of mediation to resolve the crisis, whose blame goes to the regime itself. Isn’t it naïve to say that US does not know the IRI regime, this most threatening terrorist State in the world?  

Act three, so far we are around the end of the act 2. The last act of this theatrical play, redrawing the new blueprint for the Middle East, which requires for the whole region to be turned upside down, is yet to come. However Iraq would be among the first States to get its new divided look with new smaller territories under different names.  The play continues, your patience is advised. [DID]

Over the weekend, news broke that the United States is planning on discussing the growing chaos in Iraq with the government of Iran. Iran has already offered to send in its elite IRGC troops to help counter the Sunni al Qaeda offshoot, ISIS, that is spreading across Iraq with little resistance from Iraq’s own armed forces. Three points:

1. Iran’s own offer is a classic Tehran style operation, the analog of its behavior in Beirut in the 1980s, when Iranian proxies took dozens of hostages (including Americans) and Iran offered to help “negotiate” for their release. The regime of the Islamic Republic is in large part to blame for the chaos now engulfing the region. The people of Syria took to the streets to overthrow Iranian protégé Bashar el Assad. If Iran had simply stepped aside, a peaceful revolution might have taken place in Syria. Instead, Iranian troops, advisers, proxies and arms flowed into Syria, helping ignite the civil war that has claimed 160,000 lives. That war, and the Sunni extremists that joined the battle, were the spark that ignited the flames now sweeping Iraq. Of course, there are other circumstances, including Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki’s own political mistakes, as well as Barack Obama’s decision to ignore growing turmoil in the region, but Iran has played no small part in the tragedies now unfolding. Read more…

Town by Town, Assad’s Regime Retakes Southwestern Syria

April 10, 2014 Leave a comment

 

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Not only Iranian Mullahs and Russia support Syria’s regime strategically and logistically but indirectly US also assists Assad to crack down on dissents by abandoning the Syrian Oppositions and refusing shipping them the crucial forceful weapons they need to fight against the Syrian army. In fact Obama’s support for the opposition doesn’t go beyond the so-called empty rhetoric. …… (editor’s view continues at the bottom of this article) [DID]

Hezbollah and the Syrian Army‘s five-month campaign to clear rebels from the strategic Qalamoun region is approaching its final stand, a regime victory that would afford it uninterrupted control of southwestern Syria.

The allies have seized one village and town after the other, gradually moving southward through the corridor between Damascus and Homs which links the Syrian capital to the Mediterranean coast.

According to Syrian state media, Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters are set to launch an offensive against Rankous in central Qalamoun after seizing high ground overlooking the town and encircling it. Once Rankous is seized, only a tract of mountainous terrain stands in the way of the regime’s final objective: Zabadani, the last Read more…

Why Criminal Assad is Stronger than Ever

March 27, 2014 Leave a comment

Last Thursday, at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC, the former American ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, admitted that the regime of President Bashar Alsyria-the-good-old-cold-war-gameAssad would likely remain in power for the “medium term”.

This admission, after American officials had spent over two years affirming the opposite, was interesting for what Mr Ford did not say: that Mr Al Assad has remained in power partly because his regime has pursued a careful, if cynical, strategy of survival that Syrian leaders have used time and again.

Aside from Russia and Iran, who have helped keep him in power, the Syrian president can thank his own father. The late Hafez Al Assad perfected a system of control and of regional manipulation that has protected his son’s regime until now. Read more…

Is Putin’s Next Move in the Mideast?

March 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Until February, when pro-European protesters who spent all winter occupying Independence Square in central Kiev succeeded in bringing down the Russian-backed Putin_chopper_AP_3_12_2014_EDITgovernment of Ukraine, the biggest standoff between Moscow and the West was in the Middle East—specifically in Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad, with support from Russian President Vladimir Putin, is embroiled in a brutal four-year civil war.

But while Washington’s policymakers are focusing on Putin’s actions in Eastern Europe, events in the eastern Mediterranean continue to unfold with their own momentum—and it’s highly unlikely that the Kremlin, however preoccupied it is with managing the situation in Crimea, will let its other geo-strategic priorities drop. Read more…

How Iranian Mullahs See Obama

March 8, 2014 Leave a comment

In the wake of the Russian putsch in Crimea, defenders of President Obama have been falling all over themselves insisting that our commander-in-chief is not seen ascartoon weak by other nations’ leaders.

This cartoon is damning evidence to the contrary — since it speaks to Obama’s image on three key fronts.

The image itself links our president’s famous “red line” on use of chemical weapons by the rulers of Syria (which he said would be a “game changer”) with his veiled threats over the weekend against Russian action in the Ukraine crisis.

In the event, the only change in the Syrian game was that the nation’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad, has been steadily strengthened since he was caught massacring innocents with his chem weapons. (And, of course, Obama, with his red-line threat, had tacitly walked away from his earlier “Assad must go” tough talk.) Read more…

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are Whipping Up the Sunni-Shia War

March 5, 2014 Leave a comment

The lure of sectarian war was initially put on the hook by the U.S. in the hope that the radical Islamic States take the bait, and they did! Like a pancreatic cancer this dogmatic conflict will spread all over the Middle East in no time. The step-stone for the roadmap of the future Middle East, design by Uncle Sam. [DID]sunni shia war

At the behest of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has made a strategic shift from its so far neutral position on Syria’s civil war – to one that portends to back the Syrian rebels and even provide them with arms through Riyadh.

The shift will have serious regional consequences as it has already deeply antagonised Iran, which supports the Syrian regime, and angered Pakistan’s large Shia community which could prompt further sectarian conflict. It is also bad news for Afghanistan, where Pakistan-Iran rivalry may restart once US troops leave that country.

Saudi Arabia is on a diplomatic offensive to woo all those Muslim states who have held a neutral position – to one where they fall in line with the Gulf Arab states that want an interim government in Damascus and the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. All the Gulf States are petrified of Iran, fear its potential nuclear weapons capability and deeply distrust the Americans for their recent overtures to Tehran. Read more…

Mullahs’ Charm Offensive

January 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Hassan Rouhani of Iran made his debut this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he expanded on his government’s charm SWITZERLAND-DAVOS-ECONOMY-IRANoffensive by wooing investors and reassuring political leaders of his determination to complete a comprehensive nuclear deal with the major powers. But his benign image and deft political skills could not erase or excuse the ugly fact that Iran remains the main ally of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, in the destruction of Syria and its people.

Mr. Rouhani, who took office in August, is eager to fulfill his promises of improving Iran’s relations with the world and reviving an economy devastated by international sanctions and his predecessor’s mismanagement. He quickly reached an interim deal with the major powers that curbs significant aspects of Iran’s nuclear program. Read more…

Obama hasn’t Shied away to Call his Abject Failed Policies “Victories”

January 25, 2014 Leave a comment

For those who remember, a two-step solution for its nuclear program was Iran’s idea. President Obama instead sought a “Grand Bargain.” But fearing such a deal mightmen-of-the-year shake the regime, Tehran opted for half-measures that would save its economy without having to normalize relations with Washington. Adopting the half-deal that will cause the economic sanctions to crack, the Obama team boasted about its diplomatic “breakthrough.”

Nor was the Geneva Conference on Syria an American idea. It was Russia’s. Secretary of State John Kerry had initially insisted that changing the military status quo was required to force Bashar al-Assad to “read the writing on the wall.”

Today Washington calls Assad a dictator and says that no solution will take shape with him in power. But the United States is talking from two sides of its mouth. Read more…

U.S. Capitulates Before Mullahs’ Aspirations

January 23, 2014 Leave a comment

If you want to see the impact of Iran’s growing power in the Middle East, look no further than Syria.20121029_obama-iran

On Monday, three important developments occurred simultaneously:

First, world diplomats scrambled anxiously to salvage plans for a conference on Syria scheduled to start on Wednesday. The “Geneva II” meeting almost went off the rails before it began, with Syrian opposition leaders threatening to stay away unless the United Nations retracted the invitation it had unexpectedly extended to Iran.

At the same time, a new report about the Syrian civil war showedwhat appears to be convincing evidence of large-scale “systematic torture and killing” by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Iran’s top ally. The report’s authors said the new evidence could prove al-Assad and his regime are guilty of perpetrating crimes against humanity. Read more…