Why are we in Syria? To fight Iran
With all the sh*thole kerfuffle, it was easy to not notice a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting going on yesterday.
During that meeting something very ominous was said.
David Satterfield, acting assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs, was responding to a question from Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) about what function U.S. troops serve in Syria besides fighting ISIS, as Satterfield and other U.S. officials have indicated the military will be staying the country past the terrorist group’s defeat.
Satterfield first declined to answer at all, saying he would prefer to do so in a classified setting.
But committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) interjected to say “that won’t pass muster,” demanding Satterfield provide at least a general answer.
Satterfield then offered: “We are deeply concerned with the activities of Iran, with the ability of Iran to enhance those activities through a greater ability to move materiel into Syria. And I would rather leave the discussion at that point.”
The Pentagon did not send a witness to Thursday’s hearing, despite committee requests.
Senators in both parties expressed concern about both Satterfield’s suggestion and the Pentagon’s failure to send a witness.
WTF does that mean!?!
It seems to mean exactly what it sounds like.
After Satterfield’s answer to Murphy, committee ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) interjected to say that such a role for the U.S. military has not been authorized by Congress.
“It’s hard to understand your response with even the most broad use of an (authorization for the use of military force) covering anything close to what you’re saying,” Cardin said.
Added Murphy: “I would share those concerns to the extent that your answer suggests that the future role of the U.S. military in Syria will be aimed at addressing Iranian and Iranian-backed military presence.”
Since the Pentagon didn't even bother to send a witness, they seem to be implying that the opinion of Congress doesn't matter.
And they are right to feel that way. Congress surrendered it's Constitutional duties long ago. They are only a dog and pony show now.
If you are still unconvinced that the Pentagon intends a military confrontation against Iran in Syria, consider this report from last week.
The US has given Israel the green light to assassinate General Qassem Soleimani, commander of an elite Iranian military unit and mastermind behind Tehran's military operations across the Middle East, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Monday.
Al-Jarida quoted an unnamed source in Jerusalem who said that the two allies have made a quiet agreement after deciding that Soleimani is a “threat to the two countries’ interests in the region".
All the dominoes are lining up. Our MIC and Trump intends war with Iran.