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Killing Russians -- Ex-CIA Chief Clarifies US Duplicity

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In a twisted sort of way, we should thank Michael J Morell, the former CIA deputy director. At last, we have official clarity on what has up to now been a US policy of deception over its criminal, covert involvement in Syria's conflict. He says US policy should be to kill Russian military personnel. No qualms, no quibbles. Kill them.

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Morell made his macabre recommendation during an interview on CBS last week.

Nearly six years of Western-backed death and destruction in Syria for regime change, and yet Washington somehow has gotten away with maintaining that it is fighting terrorism in the Arab country.

And to think, too, Morell's candid admission of US criminality was fittingly broadcast on prime-time American TV.

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That there wasn't an immediate furor among the Western media and public over Morell's Murder Inc machinations just goes to show how debased Western moral and legal standards have become. Probably due to inurement from decades of barbarity and lawlessness of Western governments waging criminal wars in the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa and Latin America.

We can be sure that Morell was not primarily doing it for the benefit of public disclosure when he told Charlie Rose on CBS that US policy in Syria should be henceforth to assassinate Russian and Iranian forces. Rather, it seems more likely that the ex-CIA chief was pitching for a cabinet job in a Clinton administration, if she is elected in the November presidential ballot. Morell's ambition for reward seemed to impair his judgment, and so the CIA's former top spook was trying his best to sound all macho.

Only days before his CBS interview, Morell had authored an obsequious oped in the New York Times extolling Hillary Clinton as the best qualified candidate to be commander in chief. He also endorsed her stated desire for more aggressive American intervention in Syria's war.

Morell's macho performance on CBS calling for Russia and Iran to pay a price for their intervention in Syria had the obvious purpose of advertising his application for a Clinton appointment.

But beyond his squalid self-serving motivations, Morell unwittingly performed a service to public disclosure on what US involvement in Syria is all about.

His candid comments can only have one conclusion. The US is prepared to openly side with terrorists in Syria by arming and directing militants to kill Russians. In short, the US is on the side of the terrorists.

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For many observers of the Syrian conflict this is not a revelation. Since the onset of the conflict in March 2011, informed observers have known that the US and its NATO and regional allies have infiltrated mercenary groups into the country in a covert war for regime change against President Bashar al-Assad and his government.

Despite Western fictive narratives about the anti-government militants being competitively divided between moderate rebels and extremists, it is understood that Washington and its allies have been waging their covert war by secretly and indiscriminately supporting the full gamut of illegally armed groups, or terrorists.

Washington has covered its terrorist connections with a seeming war on terror by declaring a mission to defeat such internationally proscribed groups as Jabhat al-Nusra (renamed Fatah al-Sham) and Islamic State. So, while Washington claims that it is supporting moderate rebels against the Assad government, it is also flying warplanes to apparently strike the terrorists. But those strikes beginning in September 2014 evidently had little damaging impact on the supposed terror targets.

However, the intended effect was that Washington's dual policy provided a convenient cover. It allowed the US government to claim that it was fighting terrorists, and therefore deny any covert connection with such groups, while also seeming to be on the side of legitimate rebels.

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Author and journalist. Finian Cunningham has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. He is a Master's graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal (more...)
 

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