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Obama's Syria War Is Really About Iran and Israel

[I don't agree with this title of analysis completely. This is just as much about the IMF central banks and Saudi Arabia's concern about Syria's rights to the natural gas pipeline for Russian natural gas to Europe. Still, it is well worth reading, especially keeping in mind the writer is Jewish; as is, by the way, Ed Asner, who has strongly spoken against war with Syria.]

Bob Dreyfuss on September 5, 2013

The dirty little not-so-secret behind President Obama’s much-lobbied-for, illegal and strategically incompetent war against Syria is that it’s not about Syria at all. It’s about Iran—and Israel. And it has been from the start.

By “the start,” I mean 2011, when the Obama administration gradually became convinced that it could deal Iran a mortal blow by toppling President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, a secular, Baathist strongman who is, despite all, an ally of Iran’s. Since then, taking Iran down a peg has been the driving force behind Obama’s Syria policy.

Not coincidentally, the White House plans to scare members of Congress into supporting the ill-conceived war plan by waving the Iranian flag in their faces. Even liberal Democrats, some of whom are opposing or questioning war with Syria, blanch at the prospect of opposing Obama and the Israel lobby over Iran.

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