Reprinted from RT
A cliffhanger debate will take place this Wednesday at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Picture Secretary of State John Kerry, new Pentagon supremo Ashton Carter, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey all testifying in the same room.
The meat of the matter: the House of Cards, sorry, US Congress, mulling over what's the real deal behind the Obama administration's proposal to use "military force" in Syria, and whether to impose a no-fly zone to protect Syrian "rebels."
Obama actually has a "special presidential envoy" for the Orwellian-style Global Coalition to Counter ISIL; he's retired Marine Gen. John Allen.
Allen swears the US "will protect" Syrian "rebels" trained and weaponized by Washington; and he's all in favor of a no-fly zone over northern Syria.
The envoy is essentially parroting "His Master's Voice," whose self-described "Don't Do Stupid sh*t" administration is confident the draft authorization to use military force in Syria will survive scrutiny at the House of Cards, sorry, US Congress.
The no-fly zone is exactly what the government of the Sultan of Constantinople, sorry, Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan, has advocated since forever. "Sultan" Erdogan's master plan is to solidify a base for the weaponized Syrian opposition to fight not only ISIS/ISIL/Daesh but most of all the Syrian Armed Forces under Bashar al-Assad.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has been on the record insisting Syrian "rebels" should do exactly that. But Ankara, we have a problem.
The Pentagon is now spinning, via spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby, that "the Syria component of this campaign is an anti-[IS] component. That's the focus, not about the Assad regime. Nothing has changed about ... the policy that there's not going to be a US military solution to Assad."
So either this is a disinformation charade, or Erdogan is living in La-La Land. In fact, this may be yet another case of good cop, bad cop.
And staying in the bad cop department, nothing equals "our" bastards from the Persian Gulf monarchies.
Qatar intel operatives have met none other than the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria, Abu Mohamad al-Golani, with the proverbial offer he can't refuse; you dump your direct link to al-Qaeda, and we shower you with a tsunami of cash.
It doesn't matter that al-Nusra is considered an evil terrorist organization by the US State Dept. Qatar, after all, never wavered from its "Assad must go" obsession, unlike the Obama administration. So the end once again justifies the means.
Meanwhile, the "Empire of Chaos" keeps alive the ambivalent cover story of a Global Coalition fighting ISIS/ISIL/Daesh, with the hidden agenda of weakening Assad on the back-burner.
In Syria, it's Iranian military advisers who are coordinating the Syrian Arab Army with experienced Hezbollah fighters and Shi'ite militias from Iraq.
As there is no "moderate Syrian opposition" anymore -- everyone migrated to the fake Caliphate -- the "Empire of Chaos's" not so hidden agenda under the "authorization to use military force" would be to keep a bunch of CIA-screened weaponized "rebels" just to maintain pressure over Damascus. By now it's plain obvious that it's not the "Empire of Chaos" but the alliance of the Syrian Arab Army, Hezbollah fighters and Iran-supervised Shi'ite militias that will prevail over the fake Caliphate.
Pepe Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst. He writes for RT, Sputnik and TomDispatch, and is a frequent contributor to websites and radio and TV shows ranging from the US to East Asia. He is the former roving correspondent for Asia (more...)