There is No Spoon—Washington’s Machiavellian Game in Syria (Must Read Essay)

Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate

The fearful proposition that a rogue untrustworthy government is in charge, has the ability to interfere with your sense of mental sanity (and your sense of safety) and our brains often look for the easiest way to defend itself from this threat. It (the brain, the inner sense of self and conscious existence) seeks to protect itself from this threatening reality. For many of us, truth is the very thing that makes us feel secure and oriented.

==The Art of Overcoming the New World Order (Suarez, Bernie)

I could hardly persuade myself, before I saw it with my eyes, that there could be found souls so cruel and fell, who, for the sole pleasure of murder, would commit it; would hack and lop off the limbs of others; sharpen their wits to invent unusual torments and new kinds of death, without hatred, without profit, and for no other end but only to enjoy the pleasant spectacle of the gestures and motions, the lamentable groans and cries of a man dying in anguish. For this is the utmost point to which cruelty can arrive:

“Ut homo hominem, non iratus, non timens,
tantum spectaturus, occidat.”

[“That a man should kill a man, not being angry, not
in fear, only for the sake of the spectacle.”
–Seneca, Ep., 90.]

==Michel de Montaigne

War is coming and the same players are in the drivers seat. Follow the money and the power, nothing else matters to our power elites. Nothing.

The easiest, perhaps even the laziest, interpretation of the Obama administration’s seemingly chaotic, logically undefined and publicly consumed Middle Eastern policies, particularly with the Syrian crisis, is one of incompetence mixed with ignorance and a dash of Obama bred incoherence. This view, seems to be the one held by the majority of the unwashed outside of the Beltway and it is very likely totally wrong.

When it comes to foreign policies in particular, the President’s apparent naiveté provides a wonderful cover for machinations of the hidden state and those that have been controlling the agenda of American international affairs at least as far back as the administration of Woodrow Wilson.

To presume that the state of apparent chaos in Syria; the looming entry into the civil war and the war against ISIS, really one and the same, by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as the Russian defense of their sole Arabic ally, is all happening in a purely unanticipated and chaotic pattern of events with no vision of optimal solution on the part of the power elites in Washington’s neocon think tanks, the Pentagon or State Department is a presumption that would belie American history.

Even though the phrase attributed to FDR, “there are no coincidences in politics” was never really uttered by him, the fact is that in American foreign policy these words are more true than not, regardless of who said them. The machinations of reality are likely intentionally being masked by the false sense that our policies in the Middle East and towards Syria in particular, are out of control and totally incoherent.

art of warIn other words the seemingly very dangerous policy failures that is the commonly held opinion, is a ruse. However, a ruse in which the true goals of American imperial policy are far more dangerous than those derived from simple incompetence. Given the what might actually be the real end goals of the Syrian/Middle Eastern chess game far from checkmate, it is actually more mentally assuring to believe that America has lost its way. 

I think I have been in front of my computer too long to be coherent, or should I say that I am being in more incoherent than normal?

The following article in today’s Near Eastern Outlook by the always insightful William Engdahl is as brilliant as it is frightening. It is also more than plausible. If you read anything over the next 24 hours this is it, for trying to decipher the mess that is Syria and anticipating the players next moves should have value–if nothing more than to confirm that the power elites have not changed their stripes, nor lost their Machiavellian touch.

One of my often-cited sayings is around 2,500 years old. It’s from the respected Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu in his small masterpiece, The Art of War. For centuries it’s been one of the most influential strategy writings not only in Asia, but also the Western world. It goes as follows:

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

It’s a widespread notion, fostered by US and European mainstream and other media, even by media in Russia and China that Washington is in confused disarray, a Superpower or hegemon which has lost its bearings. Media analysts write of a policy clash or internal factional battle that renders any US action in destroying DAESH or ISIS in Syria and Iraq a ludicrous, bumbling joke.

From years of looking at US foreign policy, I’ve learned to bring a certain respect in to my assessment. The respect is not at all admiration but an appreciation that, after all, the world’s most powerful Superpower did not come to that position of power without extraordinary skills, cunning, a remarkable ability to lie convincingly, to deceive, to very precisely manipulate the weaknesses of their opponents.

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US Senate to Declare “International Martial Law” — Give President “Unlimited” Military Powers

“This resolution is a total rewrite of the War Powers Clause in the U.S. Constitution,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn). “It is essentially a declaration of international martial law, a sweeping transfer of military power to the president that will allow him or her to send U.S. troops almost anywhere in the world, for almost any reason, with absolutely no limitations.”

US Senate to Declare International Martial Law Give President Unlimited Military Powers

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