In December, I wrote an article entitled: “Here We Go: Swamp Rats Start Laying the Groundwork for Sending U.S. Troops Into Syria.” And in January, I wrote an article entitled: “Back to the Endless Wars: US Military Convoy Enters Northeast Syria.” And here we are. CNNreported Friday that “the US military on Thursday struck a site in Syria used by two Iranian-backed militia groups in response to rocket attacks on American forces in the region in the past two weeks. ‘Up to a handful’ of militants were killed in the strikes, a US official told CNN.” There are, of course, no estimates of how many American troops will be killed in Syria pursuing the Biden team’s internationalist agenda.
The self-anointed foreign policy and military experts who are now in charge struck without even knowing exactly whether they were hitting what they wanted to hit. CNN noted that the site of the airstrikes “was not specifically tied to the rocket attacks but Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said he was ‘confident’ it was used by the same Iranian-backed Shia militias that had fired rockets at US and coalition forces.” Well, that’s that, then: the political elites’ foreign policy exponents, from John Kerry to Ben Rhodes, have done so very much to inspire confidence, who could possibly doubt that they know what they’re doing?
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby claimed improbably thatthe strikes took place “at President Biden’s direction,” and were designed to deal with “ongoing threats” to U.S. forces in Syria. “Specifically,” Kirby explained, “the strikes destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups, including Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al Shuhada. The operation sends an unambiguous message; President Biden will act to protect American coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both Eastern Syria and Iraq.”
Here is a better way to protect American troops in Syria and Iraq, and de-escalate the overall situation in both countries: get out and end these pointless military misadventures that serve no genuine American interest.
In any case, since we know that Biden is not going to pursue “America First” policies, that this strike does not benefit America or Americans, and was not intended to.
The Islamic State (ISIS) is resurgent in Syria, but Biden’s handlers didn’t strike the Islamic State. They struck instead at two Iranian-backed groups, which is essentially to strike at Assad. This was in order to placate one of Biden’s handlers’ constituencies: the Muslim Brotherhood network in the U.S., which hates Assad and has for years been trying to compel the U.S. to topple him. However, it antagonizes the Iranians, which Biden’s handlers also intend to appease.
All this could backfire on the handlers in a big way. But in the short term, it will likely lead to a new round of concessions and pot-sweeteners for the Iranian mullahs, all at the expense of the American taxpayer, of course. In the meantime, South Korea got the ball rolling. Korea Timesreported Tuesday that “the Iranian assets locked in South Korea will be released after consultations with the United States, the foreign ministry said Tuesday, after Iran claimed it has reached a deal with Seoul on how to transfer and use the frozen money.”
The South Koran foreign ministry announced: “Our government has been in talks with Iran about ways to use the frozen assets,” which amount to $7 billion, “and the Iran side has expressed its consent to the proposals we have made. The actual unfreezing of the assets will be carried out through consultations with related countries, including the United States.”
Korea Times noted that according to a South Korean foreign ministry official, “Seoul was finalizing talks with Washington about using some of the frozen funds to pay Tehran’s U.N. dues in arrears, to which the Islamic republic has also agreed.”
So the bombs are falling in Syria and the money is flowing once again to Tehran, and both the Muslim Brotherhood lobby and the Iranian mullahs are happy. All is well again. America is back.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 21 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.