The Democrat's Resistance strikes again
While the Donald Trump administration is threatening two new wars on Iran and Venezuela, a substantial majority of the US Congress is clamoring for more immediate action.
Nearly 400 Congress members from both chambers — roughly 75 percent of all federal US lawmakers — have signed an open letter calling on President Trump to escalate the war in Syria, in the name of countering Iran, Russia, and Lebanese Hezbollah.
Top Democratic Party leaders have joined hawkish Republicans in a bipartisan demand that the far-right president “address threats in Syria” and “demonstrate American leadership in resolving the prolonged conflict.”
They hope to do this through more US intervention, implementing a three-pronged “Syria strategy”: one, “augment our support” for Israel and maintain its “qualitative military edge”; two, “increase pressure on Iran and Russia”; and, three, “increase pressure on Hezbollah.”
While the letter stops short of openly requesting more American troops inside Syria, it clearly states that the US should take more aggressive actions. It also expressly calls on the Trump White House to punish Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah with crippling sanctions.
Among the signatories are 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker. (The full list is here (PDF file).)
The letter was notably not signed by Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Tulsi Gabbard, both 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who are running left-wing, anti-war campaigns.
The Congressional call does not even feign concern for the humanitarian situation of Syrians, or make any pretense of supporting the “Syrian people.” Rather, it is entirely framed within a chauvinistic perspective of expanding American power, protecting Israel, and weakening “US adversaries.”
The letter fearmongers about the presence of Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah in Syria, all of which are fighting in alliance with Syria’s internationally recognized government, which sits at the United Nations, and which has requested their support.
The bipartisan document claims that the “region has also been destabilized by Iranian regime’s threatening behavior,” adding that “Russia’s destabilizing role only complements that of Iran,” and that “Hezbollah now poses a more potent threat to Israel as well.”
The letter goes on to express “deep concern” about “pockets of ungoverned space [that] have allowed terrorist groups, such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and their affiliates, to keep parts of Syria in their stranglehold.”
Umm about those terrorists groups that congress is so concerned about:
Left unacknowledged in the congressional letter is the way that US intervention in Syria in fact fueled the spread of these extremist groups. The multi-billion-dollar arm-and-equip program — the largest since the CIA’s covert war in Afghanistan in the 1980s — funneled weapons to ISIS and Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, the biggest affiliate of the Salafi-jihadist group since 9/11.
Trump threatened Russia, Syria and Turkey last year when they decided that they'd had enough of our protecting our terrorists and were going to wipe them out.
5 martyrs, 12 injured, 39 GRAD Missiles hit Syrian Christian town of #AlSkeilbiyyeh today. Missiles fired by HTS terrorists that escorted @SkyNews @AlexCrawfordSky into #Idleb yet Crawford called these child-killing monsters "rebels". Never forget, never forgive.
— vanessa beeley (@VanessaBeeley) May 26, 2019
Whenever the terrorists feel too threatened they plan a false flag chemical weapons attack and FUKUS comes to their rescue. The White Helmets did another one last week, but so far FUKUS hasn't responded. Hey ever wonder why there are so many terrorists in Idleb? It might be because they got safe passage from other cities in Syria and got to leave with their family members and lots of them ended up there. Yep. And the ones who get hurt and need medical treatment can get it from our dear friend Israel. I guess they think it's a way to pay them back for selling Syria's oil to them. The oil shipments that got free passage to Turkey during Obama's tenure. Oh well. Syria wasn't allowed access to it so someone should have been able to. Right?