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The Only Regime Change that Is Needed Is in Washington

Philip Giraldi

Ambassador James Jeffrey – Nut of the Month

One of the things to look forward to in the upcoming holiday season is the special treats that one is allowed to sample. Fruitcake and nuts are Thanksgiving and Christmas favorites. They usually come in tins or special packages but it seems that this season some of the nuts have escaped and have fled to obtain sanctuary from the Trump Administration.

Currently, there is certainly a wide range of nuts available on display in the West Wing. There is the delicate but hairy Bolton, which has recently received the coveted “Defender of Israel” award, and also the robust Pompeo, courageously bucking the trend to overeat during the holidays by telling the Iranian people that they should either surrender or starve to death. And then there is the always popular Haley, voting audaciously to give part of Syria to Israel as a holiday treat.

But my vote for the most magnificent nut in an Administration that is overflowing with such talent would be the esteemed United States Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey. The accolade is in part due to the fact that Jeffrey started out relatively sane as a career diplomat with the State Department, holding ambassadorships in Iraq, Turkey, and Albania. He had to work hard to become as demented as he now is but was helped along the way by signing on as a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), which is a spin-off of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Jeffrey set the tone for his term of office shortly after being appointed back in August when he argued that the Syrian terrorists were “. . . not terrorists, but people fighting a civil war against a brutal dictator.” Jeffrey, who must have somehow missed a lot of the head chopping and rape going on, subsequently traveled to the Middle East and stopped off in Israel to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It has been suggested that Jeffrey received his marching orders during the visit.

James Jeffrey has been particularly active during this past month. On November 7th he declared that he would like to see Russia maintain a “permissive approach” to allowing the Israelis to attack Iranian targets inside Syria. Regarding Iran’s possible future role in Syria, he observed that “Iranians are part of the problem not part of the solution.”What Jeffrey meant was that because Israel had been “allowed” to carry out hundreds of air attacks in Syria ostensibly directed against Iran-linked targets, the practice should be permitted to continue. Israel had suspended nearly all of its airstrikes in the wake of the shoot-down of a Russian aircraft in September, an incident which Moscow has blamed on Israel even though the missile that brought down the plane was fired by Syria. Fifteen Russian servicemen were killed. Israel reportedly was deliberately using the Russian plane to mask the presence of its own aircraft.

Russia responded to the incident by deploying advanced S-300 anti-aircraft systems to Syria, which can cover most of the more heavily developed areas of the country. Jeffrey was unhappy with that decision, saying “We are concerned very much about the S-300 system being deployed to Syria. The issue is at the detail level. Who will control it? what role will it play?” And he defended his own patently absurd urging that Russia, Syria’s ally, permit Israel to continue its air attacks by saying “We understand the existential interest and we support Israel” because the Israeli government has an “existential interest in blocking Iran from deploying long-range power projection systems such as surface-to-surface missiles.”

On November 15th James Jeffrey was at it again, declaring that U.S. troops will not leave Syria before guaranteeing the “enduring defeat” of ISIS, but he perversely put the onus on Syria and Iran, saying that:

We also think that you cannot have an enduring defeat of ISIS until you have fundamental change in the Syrian regime and fundamental change in Iran’s role in Syria, which contributed greatly to the rise of ISIS in the first place in 2013, 2014.”

As virtually no one but Jeffrey and the Israeli government actually believes that Damascus and Tehran were responsible for creating ISIS, the ambassador elaborated, blaming President Bashar al-Assad for the cycle of violence in Syria that, he claimed, allowed the development of the terrorist group in both Syria and neighboring Iraq. He said:

The Syrian regime produced ISIS. The elements of ISIS in the hundreds, probably, saw an opportunity in the total breakdown of civil society and of the upsurge of violence as the population rose up against the Assad regime, and the Assad regime, rather than try to negotiate or try to find any kind of solution, unleashed massive violence against its own population.”

Jeffrey’s formula is just another recycling of the myth that the Syrian opposition consisted of good folks who wanted to establish democracy in the country. In reality, it incorporated terrorist elements right from the beginning and groups like ISIS and the al-Qaeda affiliates rapidly assumed control of the violence. That Jeffrey should be so ignorant or blinded by his own presumptions to be unaware of that is astonishing.

It is also interesting to note that he makes no mention of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, knee-jerk support for Israel and the unrelenting pressure on Syria starting with the Syrian Accountability Act of 2003 and continuing with the embrace of the so-called Arab Spring. Most observers believe that those actions were major contributors to the rise of ISIS.

Jeffrey’s unflinching embrace of the Israeli and hardline Washington assessment of the Syrian crisis comes as no surprise given his pedigree, but in the same interview where he pounded Iran and Syria, he asserted oddly that “We’re not about regime change. We’re about a change in the behavior of a government and of a state.”

Actually, the only regime change that is needed is in Washington and it would include Jeffrey, Bolton, Haley, Pompeo, and Miller. And while we’re at it, get rid of son-in-law Jared Kushner and his claque of Orthodox Jews, Jason Greenblatt the “peace negotiator” and David Friedman the U.S. Ambassador in Israel. None of them are capable of acting to advance any American national interest, which they wouldn’t recognize even if it hit them in the butt.

Once they are gone the U.S. can bid the Middle East goodbye and leave its constituent nations to sort out their own problems. Jeffrey’s ridiculous prescriptions for the Syrians and Russians are symptomatic of what one gets from a team of yes-men who have latched onto some dystopic ideas and pursued them relentlessly, blinded by what they believe to be American power. Someone should tell them that their antics have made that power a commodity that is dramatically depreciating in value, but it is clear that they are not listening.

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24 Comments

  1. David Eire says

    The Washington Regime is definitely the greatest threat to world peace today; and since it controls the largest military ever assembled including sufficient nuclear weapons to destroy the world many times over, the Washington Regime is the greatest threat to human survival to ever emerge in our world.

  2. Gezzah Potts says

    May’ve already mentioned it, but watched ‘The Lobby’ doco nearly 2 weeks ago on another site. The machinations, the bullying, the straight out bribery of these Zionist slimebags was truly eye opening. No wonder there’s been a big push to censor it. As also with many alternative news sources on the internet. More and more sites being hacked, censored, Facebook & Twitter accounts suspended or deleted; all to keep the fairytale afloat that the United States and the ‘international rules based community’ (subservient vassals) are the upholders of freedom and democracy and human rights. Inverted reality. To preach to the converted here -sorry; Its all about psychopathic lust for full spectrum dominance of the Planet, with all countries bowing at the feet of the Empire. I’m just thankful for Putin’s rational cool head. Saying that in public in Australia would be like waving a big red flag at large angry bulls. That would be a ‘thought crime’ here, such is the level of brainwashing by the presstitute slime in the media. As for Phillip’s powerful article, the Neocon nutjobs in Washington make me shudder.

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  3. mark says

    Jeffrey is just a Zionist puppet, just one of countless 30 shekel whores in Washington imposing a complete Zionist stranglehold over US politics, media and economy. America serves as dumb goy muscle to be used by the Zionist Terror Regime to fight its wars and do its dirty work, to leech off and to extort hundreds of billions in tribute. The cost to the US has been incalculable, in terms of the lives lost and trillions of dollars squandered in the current crop of wars for Israel, which will soon be dwarfed by the coming war for Israel with Iran, in the gross Zionist corruption of American political life and society, and in its moral standing throughout the world by its support for genocidal Zionist terror..

    This monolithic Zionist stranglehold may seem so total that nothing can be achieved against it. But this is deceptive. The situation is far more volatile than it seems. Netanyahu, like a parasite in search of another host, seems to acknowledge this himself – “When we have squeezed all we can out of America, it can blow up and dry away.” America is far weaker than it seems, financially, economically, militarily, politically, racially, socially and morally. It is already bankrupt in all those areas, and on the verge of a civil war. It wouldn’t take too much to push it over the edge. Another failed war, the ever deepening crisis of capitalism, racial conflict, political and social division, or some combination of the above, will push it over the edge without warning. It’s only a question of how and when this happens. When systems lose legitimacy they can collapse overnight, like eastern Europe 30 years ago. And with or without 400 nuclear weapons, without America to leech off, the Zionist Regime will not last 5 minutes.

  4. SyrPer editor Ziad Fadel in top form, reviews latest act of K$A-Turkey-U$rael-scripted black farce.

    https://www.syrianperspective.com/2018/11/bring-me-the-head-of-jamaal-khaashoggi-istanbul-fiasco-the-saudi-black-comedy-plays-out-with-a-new-culprit.html

    To which Pacificnorthwest BTL #280701 adds a comment re hereditary pathology of U$ regimes:

    “When the US first intervened in Afghanistan in the 1980s (actually beginning a couple of years before with covert actions in the late 1970, during the Daud government) _there were many secular Afghan political forces it could have backed. Instead the US (read CIA) backed the most repressive, regressive medieval minded fundamentalist-terrorist-Saudi-aligned-Wahhabist factions_; which they armed, supplied and saw to it they became dominant. Afghanistan has been bleeding ever since.

    The chaos and murderous factionalism this brought about suited the American imperial agenda as it still does to this day. _The US is not interested in building strong prosperous secular societies… the American predatory state is much more interested in stealing resources and destroying its rivals_.”

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  5. Loverat says

    The ‘close’ Russia/Israeli relationship in this day and age has been a bit difficult to work out.

    Mind you – shared historical ties are important to both countries as both states look back. But apart from that Israel seems wedded totally to USA.

    What’s avoided conflict for a while is a pragmatism on the Russian side. Aside from the West obsessed with alliances, what states in the world don’t have fairly good relations with Russia?

    The Russians are dealmakers. Perhaps there was/is something within the Israeli mindset that respects this. But recently Israel tried to exploit this – so now the new Russian defence missiles in Syria are respected more.

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    • Mulga Mumblebrain says

      Israel is not ‘wedded to the USA’. The USA is wedded to Israel.

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    • DunGroanin says

      Russia has the enemy on multiple fronts. Ukraine especially where the FUKUS are fermenting a proxy xenophobic neo-christian ‘caliphate’ most of all.
      I really think the Donald would rather be expanding his hotel and golf course empire there instead. Israel over reached with their false flag that resulted in the downed Russian plane. That has consequences. They have compounded with the further provocation in gaza and are determined to keep hamas in charge, against the will of the majority of Palestinians. Besides from Trump announcing the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem he hasn’t done much else.
      The CIA assesment of blaming MbS is a major mistake by them. They are trying to bounce Trump into their longterm plan. He has just called their bluff and let them chain themselves to the columns of their great palace, to pull their own roofs down upon their own heads. It shouldn’t be long to wait now, something has to give.

    • mark says

      Yep, the Russians are great dealmakers.
      – We won’t put missile bases on your borders if you support our economic strangulation of Iran on bogus WMD pretexts, if you refuse to deliver the S300s Iran has paid for, and if you refuse to fulfil your contract to complete Bushehr. Honest. Promise. Cross our hearts and hope to die. On my granny’s grave, guv.
      Great deals those Russians make.
      – If you don’t finish off the Syrian jihadi cannibal throatslitters who are on the verge of total defeat, this time we really, really, really, really will try to separate the moderate cannibal throatslitters from the extremist ones. Honest.
      Find another friend and ally to stab in the back and sell down the river, Iran, Iraq, Libya, DPRK, and hope against hope this time you can score some brownie points with the Kosher Nostra in Washington and Tel Aviv. You may even get a pat on the head from Nuttyyahoo.
      Yep, some great deals those Russians make.

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      • Robyn says

        mark – I took your comment as tongue-in-cheek. If I’m right, it appears your humour was too subtle for some.

        • Paul says

          Maybe you are right about Mark but I suspect he is an agent provocateur aiming to stir up some anti Semetism to damage this excellent site.

          • mark says

            Not really, Paul. I never much went in for all that fancy underwear. Always seemed a bit pricey for what it was. But it doesn’t really make no never mind what I say anyway. I’m just a boring old fart of no importance whatever thinking out loud mulling over what lessons, if any, you can draw from life Until Iraq I used to believe everything the MSM told me. In the forces I thought the Russians were going to murder us all in our beds. Then like probably millions of others I realised I’d been lied to for years and everything I’d been told to believe was a pack of lies. Sort of ;like a lifelong Catholic realising God doesn’t exist. But it doesn’t matter what I think. Maybe we should leave all the thinking to the horses. They’ve got bigger heads than us.

            • Paul says

              We share a similar history maybe. I’m thinking I’ve mixed you up with another poster called Matt. Sorry mate!

  6. Regime change wouldn’t help the U$A, because U$ politics has sunk to the level of personal power struggles; as described by Montesquieu 1689–1755, back in the days when Europe was a creative force in the world and France was a creative force in Europe. Montesquieu contrasted the European politics of his day with the Middle Eastern politics of his day. In Europe (in those days) a change of government meant a change in policy; in the ME (in those days) a change of regime meant only a change in personalities. At present the EU$A has no parties with social policies capable of generating social progress and social unity comparable to Baath Socialist Party in Syria, Hezb’Allah Social Welfare Movement in Lebanon, and Islamic Socialist Government in Persia. The only part of Euope which matches these ME governments, in the steadfastness and realism of its policies, is Putin’s Russia; only time will tell whether Putin is a one-man phenomenon or whether he has a party and policies behind him.

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  7. Paul says

    Currently it appears Erdoghan has cut a deal with the CIA about the US occupation of NE Syria. It’s the alternative policy to Trump’s stated desire to quit altogether after setting up the Kurds to rule, something that doesn’t appeal to the American military and is deplored by Turkey. Once again we see CIA hawks declaring a President weak in the face of threats. The outflanking of Trump took off with Turkey revealing their evidence on the Istanbul murder and now the CIA gratuitously agreeing it was ordered by the Crown Prince, a man who Turkey wants to take down as do the American Intelligence Agencies because of his closeness with Trump and especially Kushner. Two foreign policies in Syria; no surprise if the military won and the US stays on in Syria and uses it as a base for any war against Iran. The exposure of the Murder in the Consulate was ‘set up’ by Turkey and the CIA and was very successful as a near bloodless Regime Change in KSA – quite a feat in the circumstances. Trump now hobbles on one foot over Syrian Policy with the ‘Other Administration’ simply ignoring him along with powerful NATO partner Turkey.

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    • Mulga Mumblebrain says

      The idea that the USA, the patron and backer of genocidal thugs like Rhee, Diem, the Shah, Mobutu, Kagame, Vorster, Videla, Pinochet, Batista, Somoza, Begin, Shamir, Sharon, Netanyahu and scores of others, would be upset by the Sordid Barbarian regime, one of the most Evil in history, driven as it is by a genocide-cult, Wahhabism, masquerading as a ‘religion’, butchering one of its own, was always preposterous, but the Western fakestream presstitutes peddled it with their usual 100% Groupthink and service to power.

      • mark says

        It is quite understandable that the US would be horrified by the murder of a journalist (intelligence asset) or whatever. After all, it’s not as if they bombed Serbian television and killed 18 journalists. It’s not as if they repeatedly bombed Al Jazeera and killed their journalists. It’s not as if their neo Nazi chums in Ukraine have killed a lot of journalists. It’s not as if their Hebrew chums have just bombed a television station in Gaza with their US aircraft/ fancy bombs/ missiles supplied completely free.

  8. Jules Moules says

    I’m always amazed that Americans, in general, support Israel. Indeed, Israel is talked of as a close and important ally. It doesn’t help, of course, that the majority MSM is often run, founded or managed by Zionists (Jew or otherwise). And it doesn’t help, either, that politicians of both main parties are often paid for or subsidised by Jewish interests.

    If many Americans come to realise that support for Israel has caused/is causing a grievous loss of blood, treasure and respect – and more and more US citizens are coming around to a more realistic view of their Israeli ally – such concerns will hardly be reflected by their politicians and media. Not much, if anything, will change on the ground. The only hope is for the destruction or diminishing of the current entity that is Israel. Cue Russia and Iran.

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    • Paul says

      Russia has close ties to Israel with (last time I looked) 3 cabinet posts for Russian born emigres and over a million voters who were born in Russia – and they are by no means always critical of their old homeland. In addition Putin and Netanyahu have very frequent meetings where they hammer out limits on each other’s powers. Within hours of Putin’s shock announcement in September 2015 that Russia was to intervene in Syria to save the Assad government Netanyahu arrived in Moscow with his Chief of Staff and Intelligence Chief and had 8 hours of intensive talks that resulted in an Agreement the details of which has never been disclosed. The rest of the World was still floundering. I would say the last thing Russia wants or needs is a serious scrap with Israel.

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      • Jules Moules says

        Yes, Paul, you’re right about all that. A serious scrap is out of the question but, then again, it doesn’t need to be. It’s more than enough to enable a whole and complete Syria – at least that part of the Israeli plan to long-term destablise its neighbours would fail. As is also a strong and thriving Iran. Russian and Chinese economic links with Tehran is an obvious counter to US/Israeli driven sanctions. Along with European support for Iran against the ‘nuclear’ trade sanctions

        A lot of countries in the middle and Far East have, or are having, major doubts about US hegemony. Specifically, arbitrary trade upheavals and militaristic attitudes. All it needs is more of the same. And if the Europeans manage to pull their fingers out re defence and economic sovereignty,it might go some way to diminish US ( and consequently Israeli) regional influence.

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    • Mulga Mumblebrain says

      If US politics was financed by public money, not private bribery, Zionazi power would evaporate leaving only a sulphurous stench behind. And an Israel forced to cease its barbaric oppression of the Palestinians and unceasing genocidal aggression against its neighbours, would have some chance of surviving into the future. As it is now, arrogant, aggressive, treacherous and hatefully contemptuous of the real global community, it is digging its own grave.

    • mark says

      Despite the best efforts of the Zionist Lie Factory that is the US MSM, a majority of Americans don’t want to fight endless wars for Israel and give it hundreds of billions in tribute. They want that money and energy devoted to dealing with their pressing problems at home, crumbling infrastructure, broken healthcare system, the opioid crisis, racial divisions and social inequality, gun massacres and other issues. It is significant that Americans have voted in the last three elections for Bush 2, Obama and Trump, on the basis of promises (never kept) to scale back on the military adventures in the Middle East to focus on domestic problems. Of course, once the election is over it’s always the same story, Back To Square One and kowtowing to Adelson, Saban and their AIPAC paymasters. some people are naïve enough to believe the US is a democracy. As in so many areas, there is a yawning chasm between the 30 shekel whores who form the corrupt political elite and the millions of Deplorables.

      • Fair dinkum says

        ‘Deplorables’ they may be.
        Ignorable they ain’t.
        As long as the veil of ignorance is maintained, the world is headed for multiple cataclysms.

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