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offices five tear gas. was the full story on those and other headlines coming up cross talk analyzes the latest drive towards western military intervention in syria. hello and welcome to crossfire where all things were considered i'm peter lavelle the drive towards war against syria is unmistakable the pretext is still another alleged chemical attack as usual no evidence is presented as usual conclusions are drawn before an independent investigation but this time there is a difference syria can defend itself and has power for hours. we live in very
dangerous times. my stocking syria i'm joined by my guest joe lauria in washington he's the editor in chief of consortium news dot com and author of how i lost my hillary clinton with the forward by julian assange also in washington we have michael maloof he is a former senior security policy analyst in the office of secretary of defense and in new york we have richard murphy he is a former u.s. career embassador to syria and currently an adjunct scholar at the middle east institute or across the rules in effect that means he can jump in anytime you want i always appreciate let me go to joe first in washington it seems to me that you know we have we have as president somebody very different than rand as president as little as a week ago donald trump made a very public announcement that we'd be withdrawing from syria fast forward up to the last few days or so it looks like he's being forced to stay there even if he
doesn't want to stay there we have an entire chorus of the media driving for war the deep state is on board of course john bolton is in place and i have to make one exception at least tucker carlson no brit fox at least decided to express his dissent here where are we joe joe where does of saul stand go ahead well the fact that he wanted to rip draw from syria makes it even less likely that the syrian government was behind this attack we are seeing what we've seen for a long long time a pattern of deception by the u.s. government the pentagon who the enemy of the day is if you want to go to war against spain they blew up the main. north vietnamese attacked the ship in the gulf of tonkin saddam had w m d russia invaded ukraine shot down a malaysian airline stolen election tried to kill former double agent in britain and now is somehow implicated in this chemical attack this is what governments do.
there's a there are also two other parties beside government there's the press some people so governments lie all governments laws some worse than others but the press is job supposed to filter that and then the public against government lies that we see in our press that's completely obsessed with its own fame with its career ism with vicarious living for vicarious power of government and they are letting the public down so that these investigations these conclusions before investigations begin as you pointed out at the beginning are being are let it be let to stand and this is as you said also said very very dangerous right now richard a is on the table now a full regime change by use of military forces do you think that's in the cards right now go ahead richard in new york i see no evidence that the administration has gone back to a position that you could say was really obama that it was time for assad to step aside i think it's reckoned this administration is reckon itself that this president is likely to stay for
a while ok michael but that that doesn't really square with what we've heard over the last few days here we have you know nikki haley going off the rail i mean you know i thought samantha power was off that you know had wandered off the road reservation but you know making hay haley takes the cake there and then we also image and i glad joe mentioned we really have the drums of war in the media it seems to me that they really want to box trump in even if he does nothing that he's bluster if he does something it's against international law and he may get into maybe the law of unintended consequences by getting involved in this war you never know because if you look over the last eighteen years you know if they these military adventures never end the way they expect go ahead michael now i think you're you're right i think that even though president trump wanted to get out. i think that other people who are surrounding him are much more determined that that that he. and actually. the fact that he that he's you that.
john bolton is now the national security adviser who was the fellow who who really really wanted us to go into iraq on the premise that there was i think that the administration is slowly turning toward regime change again i think that that's what they're going to go after and the whole idea i think as far as a strategic policy if there is one for the united states ultimately is to divide syria yeah well then that's been you know that's the if you can throw in the turkish angle which of course is a completely different program but you know it looks like is partition is really what they're going to settle on here you know joe the interesting thing is is that you know i've never believed that anybody in the u.s. government politicians think tankers and all of that they don't give a hoot about the syrian people they never have and what i see now is this is a geo political gambit here we've noticed that russia is being held responsible for
this alleged chemical attack which when there is no evidence proof presented to the to the public which i guess the public is just getting used to it a evidence free foreign policy to go to war go ahead joe. you know i don't think they care very much about the american public either let alone the syrians mean this is another attempt to drag russia into this and russia we don't know if we have no idea why even if there was a chemical attack that hasn't even begun the investigation we hear nikki haley saying we need an investigation but on one side of her mouth and the other side of the mouth syria did it and russia was behind it this is really really not a not a safe situation as you pointed out i do think that they noticed that russia russian backed syrian government was winning this war was practically over that the suburbs of damascus kuta had been the phone in the side of the syrian government since the
very beginning of this conflict five years ago was really a last stronghold after aleppo and it led so i think that that is really zation in the capitals of riyadh and certainly in washington that this was the last and by the rebels themselves this was the last chance if they were going to try to reverse this tide so the rebels needed to bring the u.s. into it which is why it seems like they may very well have been behind and russia by the way behind this attack on russia warned by the way three weeks ago that this could very this could happen that there was a false flag chemical attack in the works i don't know if that's what happened but i certainly don't know that the syrian government did it but that doesn't seem to matter to people at nikki haley's syria did it and now we're going to see an attempt maybe by the united states to get deeply involved in this to reverse the tide and this is the last chance before the syrian government wins this war which they are on the verge of doing richard what national interest does syria hold
because i mean you know when trump came in almost exactly a year ago there was an alleged chemical incident and then he ordered a tomahawk strike against syria no evidence we know now secretary mabus. came out and said well we don't have any evidence there ever was a chemical attack perpetrated by the syrian government i mean what is wrong with these people i mean year ago we an attack was made illegally against the country soften to here and now and this is like running this bad film i mean why syria has never attacked the united states it is not a threat to american national interest and now we're on the verge of going to war congress doesn't even get involved it abrogates its responsibility to war making i mean what why is syria so important for the united states to get involved militarily please richard in new york and start with your graphic position it is in a key area and the policies it has followed. over the last
few years of opening the doors to. increasing militia let's return isn't that doesn't isn't that the sovereign to right or isn't that the sovereign right of a state if it can't syria have friends there of its own choosing why does the united states the term and what countries can have friends with whom why. go ahead richard well come on it's not just a matter of smiling at each other and having friends. the government of iran in creating a corridor across iraq syria to hizbollah in lebanon with the aim of moaning pressure on the israelis. in the tent ok i that's really interesting let me go to michael here because we well you know some some sovereignty is more important than others ok i mean syria should have that the legal sovereign right to make whatever
friends it wants ok the united states does that all the time ok and nobody says anything about it and let me go to michael you know you know israel is right on the border there one of the largest military set in the world most powerful it is never lifted one finger to fight terrorism in syria actually just the opposite it's aided and abetted groups ok so i mean worried about israel's concerns israel's part of the problem here and i think it and saudi arabia is part of the problem here two key allies of the united states go ahead michael. you hit up you hit right on at the end there this this is as a result flowing out of a deal that between the saudis and the israelis and again the saudis actually are pouring millions of dollars into the sunni controlled areas as well as into lebanon because they see it but they see a potential for. iran absolutely capturing them as it is as far as their influence is concerned and the saudis are absolutely against that and you
have the israelis who are trying to help that and they see the they see the forward movement of the iranians and as a direct threat to them and and as a consequence i wouldn't doubt that the israelis could and this an attack on lebanon almost any time share and i know people in lebanon that i talked to are very concerned about that. joe weigh in on that there because it is you know is this policy being driven by tell of even riyadh. well certainly riyadh and other gulf states from the very beginning and turkey wanted the overthrow of saud and that brings me to the point that whether you agree or like the assad government or not it's a fact that they were been on the defensive this is an uprising this was an attempt to overthrow a government so you're on the defensive so to invite iran n. and russia to help them defend themselves is a natural act of a government trying to survive this was not iran or russia invading syria of the iranians wouldn't come in if there were no attempt to overthrow the government so
they they have every right as you pointed out to invite whoever they are any friends they had to help them survive this is not true and any government would do that now the israelis i mean hezbollah by the way i think is defending lebanon even lebanese christians and they don't know who would agree with much as they hate they may hate that well they may not like them but they realize that the lebanese army isn't worth joining me so let me jump in here just let me jump in here we're going to go to a short break and after that short break we'll continue our discussion on syria staying with the. same downstream you know world if you lived upstream you had better off instead because all the all the garbage and everything flows downstream and in the financial world if you live in proximity to where the money's being printed the
cotillion effect is meaning that you get first use of that money and then compounds at a rate you get a copy rate of return based on the first use of time is on your side your downstream time is working against you because you end up with a savings account paying zero percent or you know wages or you behind the inflation curve. there's strong pressure by the security cap and that's by the pats again and by the media on down donald trump to do something about it soon probably at some stage she might give in to this pressure but i don't think that it is his intention what i consider more likely than another u.s. military attack on syria is the united states' policy bilby to wreck any and by the
russians to tax and your opinions to find a political solution. welcome back to crossfire all things considered i'm peter lawwell we're discussing the situation in syria. ok let me go back to richard in new york richard i know you're a career diplomat and diplomacy is sorely lacking these days around the world but richard me what a military strike against the regime. the assad government in damascus what is that's what kind of. what outcome would washington be looking for in striking syria you've said that they've backed away from regime change i think the that doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense i think they would want to go all the way i mean what kind of
behavior is that you go trying to enact here i mean this is the problem with military policy because it doesn't really have to work with political outcomes it has certain goals of destruction and threatening and doesn't really talk about the political part of it go ahead richard in new york well we certainly do need a clearer overall policy towards syria the strategy has been wanting to put it mildly now the question though what can we try to accomplish by staying in why we're two thousand yeah very small number there in northeastern syria. we don't think first of all we don't think that the oasis. effort is totally ended and we also know there are other groups ready to come in in its wake if given the least opportunity so what's needed is
a strategy which develops the country as a whole as quickly as possible involves the people with their own government as quickly as possible after these years of warfare massive killings and dislocations it's not going to come easily it's not going to come well but one thing we can contribute at the moment is the continued small military presence in the country with isis very much at the top of our concerns well richard just the opposite is probably the truth i mean the us maintaining its forces in syria probably gives isis a reason to exist to fight a foreign occupier number two richard the u.s. government has already warned it will sanction third parties and countries that help syria with its reconstruction so getting all the people together and helping developing the country that's already off the table you'll be sanctioned ok michael i can see you wanted to jump in there go ahead. yeah i guess once again gets back
to the whole point as as to why u.s. forces are remaining in the sunni controlled area of eastern eastern syria looking for bases actually that the turks have complained about in the kurdish controlled area the whole idea is i think by the united states if it's trying to resurrect this teaching policy of any kind is that unite the sunni's and of east syria with west western iraq and to maintain that presence there and control that area and basically partition syria ultimately even though you have a little pocket of of isis but but the united states is supporting entities and groups militant groups there are such as just al islam which was in east ghouta and and has the capability by the way of launching chlorine gas and other and other weapons of mass destruction they have actually admitted that in the past up in
aleppo earlier this year so the data space is going to continue to support these sunni control groups and i think ultimately it is to divide syria and with the help of the saudis the saudis are paying for this or they've they've offered money and and i think that maybe the only reason why he has decided not to pull out because well got a good you know you know michael it has been it has really paid for isn't it really wonderful that the u.s. government pimps out the american military for a foreign power what it does scrapes wouldn't real discrete you know where we're coming in over the main women there we're going to go to the earth and there are sort of the people that work in the military to be pimped out by their own president to have you know a someone hobby crazy regime in saudi arabia pay you you know you wrap your head around that ok that's pretty that's amazing ok let me go to joe here i think happening it's happening john let me go to joe you know what is happening. to me is
that there is such a poor in the united states because of russia russia russia and this disease has transported itself across the atlantic and to britain right now over another chemical weapons incident which we see no evidence whatsoever disposed to believe it but joe that they want to give russia a bloody nose they want to give russia a bloody nose in syria the russians have already made it very clear that they will not take those threats lightly ok that's why i'm very very concerned go ahead joe. yes i totally agree with you know we have to understand it's a fiction that the united states was fighting isis in syria i believe they were fighting them in iraq i think there were two separate wars we know from this intel defense intelligence agency document from twenty twelve that the u.s. and its partners in the region and europe wanted to establish yourself as principality which later became isis it was warned about that then we know from a john kerry leaked audio that he was watching he says he was we were watching isis advance on damascus to try to get assad to leave exactly what that document said
that the put pressure on us so there was no there is no effort to defeat ice russia has defeated with syria and iran and other militants in humans who have defeated isis in syria they're not there for that reason and we have to remember also at from the campaign of donald trump he wanted to cooperate with russia in syria and syllis worry about the former government later on whether assad stays or not the real problem was isis why the king had i don't know who told him that weather was bannon or whatever or he just got a brilliant idea one morning but that was the right policy that even obama tried to implement if you recall he had kerry try to work out a cooperation they would ask russia that putin has for you know national lottery destroy you know it's you know spoiled the priority you know that the right i gave you know the you know be evil when there is a illegitimate her quasi legitimate diplomatic attempt it is it's destroyed by these hawks in the military. and now peta yeah now peter you want to do
a drawer to troops if you read a piece in the new yorker about robin wright the generals who are the ones who are supposed to be running the show not the president the we have a civilian form of government here not the generals so again trumps instincts are to say the right thing but he's pulled back by those behind him and this attack coming very for two to slee would it was about to withdraw the troops looks like the ops it's going to happen you know richard why why does the why is the united states threatening the demand. because government will damascus has been doing the heavy lifting to fight isis and what the united states that is every times it goes in there militarily has its forces on the ground it just dull ones that attempt to fight terrorism if you know the u.s. policy is an impediment to fighting isis i don't understand the logic here go ahead richard in new york you have flatly disagree with the resumption of at least the consistency of syrian policy to fight isis what is it and is what is the u.s.
done in syria for what is what is what name one thing the united states has done right when it comes to syria one thing. well we tried for many many years to get syria interested in opening up talks with the israelis they were very very reluctant to come anywhere near the wind cut off as a last resort in this last years ok i don't care if you have no idea what you actually mean to conquer seven years of civil war a proxy international war it's because assad didn't want to talk to the israelis really. no no don't don't misinterpret i'm just saying that. we have tried to do something positive in syria we did work on it to extensively year after year you didn't get anywhere ok so that's passed but it didn't leave a very good impression of syria in washington and i can tell you. well i think this is a thank you to know that syrian ambassador you all love the u.n.
after the billions of dollars the training the funding the souring of these jihad is from outside the country that's what the u.s. policy has been and now they are illegally present they're under it legally under international law the damascus government wants them out and they won't leave i mean who is breaking the law here who's being an animal here ok this is this war could have ended a long time ago if it hadn't been backed by the united states saudi arabia the other gulf countries and israel would have been over a long time ago go ahead michael do you want to jump in it could have been over a long time ago if i have been beaten up those kids down and ok and on their person and richard on their first stand as they were of violence and they were it was from outsiders it was very well documented you know don't tell me you know this is all peaceniks war you know wandering around you know giving flowers to
people goes out to buy one started on day one ok michael you want to jump in. the you know our relationship with the cia are with i'm sorry with with syria actually degraded in two thousand and three when we invaded iraq the assyrians saw that this was going to happen they had they had the back channel with the cia help and when they left the set up a they have helped to a point they did and then that's when they turned to the pentagon just on the eve of the invasion they say don't don't invade we'll while try to work this out we'll leave the state some five thousand troops to go into iraq for you to to look for w m d they saw what what the outcome will be so everything went to pieces from then that's when assad really turned to iran right after that and that cannot be disputed that is a that is a fact and i think that that's when iran and syria really began to become closer
you've got to keep in mind assad is a she is a white so that was normal and this is what upset israel to a great extent our foreign policy in the united states has been to carry out to help implement israel's foreign policy for years and the pentagon was the instrument for doing that ok joe that forty seconds you had to program go ahead joe . yeah well john bolton began this week his new job to be advisory as a real thing for iran the iranian presence in syria might be what he would ultimately be going after even more than trying to overthrow assad yeah it looks to me like always it's iran always that is at the very very center it has been since the revolution in one nine hundred seventy nine and trump and he has surrounded him with a group of people that feel exactly the same way people that meant the the defeat
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