Having suffered damage to its superpower reputation by being fought to a standoff by a few thousand al Qaeda in Iraq and Afghanistan, Washington learned that the trick was to employ al Qaeda not as an enemy but as an ally.
The test case was in Libya, where the US-al Qaeda alliance worked to overthrow the Libyan government. The advantage for Washington is that Libya is now beset by warring factions and is no longer a country that could get in Washington's way.
Libya is the roadmap for Syria.
Syria made its mistake when it thought it could pacify Washington by taking Washington's side in the first war against Iraq, thus confirming for Washington that Arabs are incapable of sticking together and thus are an easy mark to be overthrown.
If Syria falls, Washington will have murdered yet another nation. But this is not a part of the presidential debate. Both candidates agree that Washington should prevail in establishing a puppet state in Syria. Even Amnesty International has been suborned and lends its influence to the demonization of the Syrian government. Only the US is moral, indispensable, virtuous, humane, a light upon mankind. By definition, any opponent chosen by Washington is debauched, evil, sinful, a country that suppresses dissent and tortures its opponents, something Washington would never do, being, of course, the "light unto the world."
Unlike the 1957 plot by British Prime Minister Harald Macmillan and US President Dwight Eisenhower to foment an "uprising" in Syria and assassinate the Syrian leadership, the Obama administration cloaks its intervention in humanitarian language, as do the rebels while they murder and execute civilians who support the Assad government. The presstitute western media describes the mayhem and murder as "humanitarian intervention," and the brainwashed western public reposes in its moral superiority.
After Syria is destroyed, the last independent country in the region is Iran. Iran has also been weakened, not by Washington's embargo, an act of war in itself, but by Washington's financing of the "Green Revolution." Iran now has a fifth column within itself.
Iran, the second oldest country after China, is now surrounded by 40 or more US military bases and is confronted by four US fleets in its own Persian Gulf.
There is a large number of nominal Muslims interested only in money and power who are working with Washington to overthrow the Syrian and Iranian governments.
If Iran falls, with both Russia and China surrounded by US missiles and military bases, the world as we know it will enter its final stage. Will Russia and China, having sacrificed all their buffers without a fight, surrender and be content to be ruled by puppet governments, or will they resist?
Don't expect the packaged political campaign of the next couple of months to deal with any significant issue. Americans are oblivious of their fate, and so apparently is the rest of the world.
The selection of the next president of the US will depend on one thing alone -- which of the two candidates financed by the ruling private oligarchy has the most effective propaganda.
Whether you vote Republican or Democrat, the oligarchs will win.