After the supposed US "withdrawal" from Syria Western media outlets have causally reported on US troops now preparing to occupy Syria's oilfields east of the Euphrates River.
Articles include carefully selected "experts" who avoid any mention of how illegal or indefensible the presence of US forces in Syria is to begin with, let alone any mention of "why" US troops are preparing to "claim" Syria's natural resources.
The Guardian in its piece, "US plans to send tanks to Syria oil fields, reversing Trump troop withdrawal reports," illustrates a voluntary dereliction of due diligence in investigating or questioning Western actions in Syria.
One is left to assume what the US would claim as its excuse for remaining in Syria likely based on a narrative of denying terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda or the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) and their affiliates access to resources to "fund" their return to the region.
The most obvious and sustainable solution would be to transfer control of Syria's oilfields to Syria itself. Syria has overcome terrorist organizations in all areas Damascus has now restored order to, and with the restoration of its oilfields and related industries, would be in an even better position to both rebuild the nation and defend against the very elements who destroyed it in the first place.
But this assumes that the US is interested in preventing the resurgence of terrorist organizations in the region ignoring the fact that the US deliberately created them in the first place and deliberately used them to both trigger, then fuel the Syrian war from its very beginning in 2011.
The US is the Source of Syria's War
As early as 2007, real journalists warned of US plans to bolster opposition groups linked to terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda in a bid to undermine Iran and its ally Syria.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 New Yorker article, "The Redirection: Is the Administration's new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?," would provide an ominous, but crystal-clear warning of what awaited both Syria and the wider region.
Hersh would warn:
The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.
The article would mention the Muslim Brotherhood by name and described specific US support under what was then the Bush administration already being funnelled to the group in Syria.
The Brotherhood is an extremist front with direct ties to Al Qaeda and who were at the epicenter of the supposed "Arab Spring" in 2011. From 2011 onward then under the Obama administration US support continued in the form of both financial and military aid.
Articles like the New York Time's, "Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From C.I.A.," would admit to billions of dollars worth of arms from the US flowing into Syria to fuel the destructive war.
Despite Western media claims that the Syrian conflict was being fought between the government and "moderate rebels," the US State Department itself admitted that within the first year of fighting, Al Qaeda had already established a dominate position on the battlefield.