by Gordon Duff, VT Sr. Editor,  … with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

[ Editor’s Note: Gordon, as is often the case, is looking several moves ahead of the shift in the turmoil in Syria, giving us news that many will not like to hear.

He makes the case that even if the Trump regime does pull out of Syria, it will merely take a breather before looking for a new war, as the Deep State is not about to have its favorite toy and money-maker denied to them.

During his graduate work at Michigan State, Gordon taught undergraduate history for years, including European, Asian and African. With his total recall memory, he is able to stitch an article like this together in the time it would take me to have breakfast.

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Many of them took to bashing VT before they slid beneath the waves, in their final attempt to maintain visibility, but are now gone. During our worst days of the corporate media blackouts and social media bans, our stats went way down.

But we never worried, as we knew there would be a core readership, especially at the policy-making level, that would always be curious as to what was behind the effort to block what VT has been publishing.

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The jihadist group Turkish-backed Ahrar-al-Sharqiya

– First published … October 10, 2019

Two weeks into the Turkish offensive against the Kurds in Syria and everything is changing. Whatever the case, Syria is back, as the Syrian Arab Army races toward the Turkish border, at least in those areas where Turkey isn’t already engaged in intense combat with Kurdish forces.

Then, on October 16, Erdogan announced he would refuse to meet Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Pompeo and the current national security advisor, nobody bothers learning their names, they only last a few days. Erdogan says, “Trump or nothing.

We also know a visit to Moscow with Putin is scheduled, one or two days?

First of all, perceptions are, when war is involved, always misconceptions. When you win one war, you simply prepare for the next one and there is always a next one.

You know, the situation here reminds me in some ways of China after the US entered World War II. General “Vinegar Joe” Stillwell was tasked by President Roosevelt and Chairman JCOS Marshall to bring together Chaing and Mao in a unified front against the Japanese.

There had been cooperation inside China between Chaing and Mao after the death of Sun Yat Sen. Despite fake history, Chaing Kai-shek was certainly a communist, a devotee of Stalin but of a different breed and variety than Mao and his followers who the US termed as “agrarian reformers.”

The two great leaders came to blows in 1934 leading to the People’s Liberation Army fleeing across China in what was termed the Long March. Japan took advantage of circumstances, having seized Manchuria in 1931 and began further incursions into mainland China.

In 1936, General Zhang Zueliang kidnapped Chaing and forced a detente that would allow joint opposition to Japan to take precedent over the ongoing civil war. This is the situation Stillwell inherited when he entered Chunking, as it was spelled then, the inland provisional capitol of China.

Problem is, as America poured cash into Chaing’s war effort, none was spent fighting the Japanese and all was withheld to fight the next war, assuming the US would defeat Japan, an obvious inevitability.

Chaing’s wife was Mei-ling Soong. Her brother was TV Soong, the Rothschild banking partner that controlled much of the banking in the Far East. Thus, American cash intended to fight Japan in actuality bought much of General Motors though a complex system of leveraged stock purchases while more cash still was spent in Washington buying support for Chaing from among the political enemies of President Roosevelt, many of whom were at one-point strong supporters of Adolf Hitler.

One asks then, why the history lesson and how does this apply?

Well, let’s see, Turkey and Russia are close friends, and there are strong suspicions that Donald Trump pushed Turkey into the Russian camp. As to whether this policy serves America as well is yet to be seen.

If Trump is correct, and 20 years of deeply embedded American policy has been poorly conceived and based on fake evidence and falsified intelligence, then derailing this policy with a pull out in Syria and realignment with Turkey may well force America to mend its ways despite efforts by the powerful Israel policy to keep America at war in the Middle East forever.

Call this “educated conjecture.”

We then look at who the Kurds really are. Back in 2007, when Turkey invaded Iraq to confront the PKK, a communist Kurdish splinter group Turkey terms as terrorist, I sat down to what was a daily meal with Kurdish leaders for what turned out to be an education.

“We want Turkey to destroy the PKK. Look at the meal on the table. We have rice, we have fish from the Euphrates River for you, our honored guest, we have chicken, flown in from America on C130s, but little else, no olives, no oils to cook with, do you know why?

You see, nothing comes from Baghdad. Our trade is with Turkey and Syria but the road to Syria is closed and our border with Turkey is now a warzone where the PKK makes our lives impossible. We have no gasoline, no diesel fuel, we can’t repair our water system and sewers, our hospitals have no medicines, you see, not all Kurds are real Kurds, some are communists with their own loyalties and ideas.

We are building a nation and they would tear it down over politics, greed and fake idealism. We want our children to return from around the world now that Saddam is gone.”

The message, a simple one, the Kurds fighting Turkey weren’t the Kurds that made up the majority, the autonomous KRG in Iraq, nearly 9 million, with another 3 million or more in diaspora.

Moreover, as with China, it has been the job of the Kurds in Iraq to maintain a homeland, working with Baghdad, Washington, Ankara, Tel Aviv or whoever is necessary.

Additionally, and paraphrasing Donald Trump, the fight with ISIS was not a Kurdish fight but rather one with roots, at least inside Iraq, between former Sunni Baathists and the Shiite majority.

In time, as with China, the threat of ISIS became clear and a joint effort, with Iran taking on a significant role, much more significant than the US, deciding the conflict.

Then we look to Syria. The Turkish incursion just returned Syria’s water supplies, their oil fields, their best agricultural land. We also note that Trump’s statements that the Kurd’s didn’t have “clean hands” to an extent is based on the poor decision making of the socialist groups that made up the Kurdish forces allied to Washington and their desire to ethnically cleanse Syria’s Arabs, an effort that consumed much more time than fighting ISIS.

Yet we see the figure of 11,000 dead but little evidence of fighting, no video, no reporters on the ground except for a closely controlled “tame” few. The Kurdish and American war on ISIS is the least reported, worst documented war in world history.

What is evident, as is always the case, is that all parties are now realigning for a new war. What is clear is that the time of orchestrated “Arab Spring” conflicts and American mischief is at an end, leaving things as they were before 9/11, at the brink of a very different war with nothing changed.

Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”


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  1. “…What is evident, as is always the case, is that all parties are now realigning for a new war…”. That does not make sense at all. I do not think that presidents Trump, Xi and Putin are looking for a new front. We noted president Trump trying to remove US troops from Afghanistan and Syria initially but it did not happen. So, a fact is obvious: The president has some infighting domestically. One can note his recent UN speech and going after the globalist crowds. By finally pulling out troops out of Syria, he upset the greater israel crowds (just their newspapers headlines are telling what I meant). My guess is that he has to watch his back from these 2 crowds. Iran and Venezuela are the 2 spots where the US is putting some pressures (illegal). Time will tell how this will develop but my gut feeling is that Mr Trump does not want a major conflicts with both countries.

  2. The silver lining I see is is the exposure of the thirst. It is up to people to read between the lines, and Mattis actually did try to teach this on NBC a day or so ago. When the military speaks , is not the same as politicians, and when news presenters speak is not the same as someone trying to detail a complex situation to a outsider.
    Vagary and nuance are not normal speech patterns for every day people, and the separation between military and political, and the every day citizen is rooted in this bridge nobody seems to know how to cross.
    This is an important point when understanding Trump supporters and about 60 % of any people. Plain talk is in need of a bridge to CYA. Thus the feeling of “being left out”, and the lack of understanding the situations. This is why patience will pay off for reporters like VT.

  3. That is very objective article and thanks for providing some historic insights. Personally, I thank US president Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin to have coordinated this with Erdogan’s Turkey so that the 3 current objectives are reach: forcing the Syrian Kurds to align themselves with Damascus, Syria sovereignty almost complete with the 1/3 resource rich land being step by step incorporated to its owner, finally the greater Israel/Oded Ynon non sense plan is flushed to the toilets with the Zionists confined to the lands stolen in 1947 and 1967. Now, we have to watch Turkey’s next move and what it will gain from this invasion. I trust that the US president will abandon the Al Tanf area and Syria will become one. In the long term the Kurds, spread in these countries should be given autonomy for their affairs but still be part of the countries which host them. Despite trying to get the US troop out of Syria, I hail President Trump for doing just that. I hope he will succeed in Afghanistan, Iraq and any countries where the US have a big contingent. That includes occupied Germany too, so that tensions are eased up with the borders with Russia.

  4. Letting the herd find out what’s really going on, would level the playing field. The elite can’t have that. First, the herd thought the MSM put out rock solid information, that they now know is bullshit, but a connection to understanding the geopolitical chess board and it’s connection to money and power is still hazy.

  5. Men like to slice and dice these events for maximum profit. Nothing more. Nothing less. Can’t document historical events when everything is done to distort history. So many grubby, fility hands were up in Iraq, how can anyone document that roving gangs? You can talk about who stuck what knife into whom’s back . . . but what the Kurd guy told you is correct. It boils down to that . . . civilian fodder/canon fodder. Look at it as population control?

    For some reason, there is a dark hand remaining in Iraq. Not sure why. The allied forces cluster fvcked that nation and then as a parting gift, sprayed chemicals all over Iraq just before they got their “stand down” orders. Nice touch. Kill the dates, olives, etc. Same with Vietnam and the US troops poisoning their rice crops with Monsanto spray. Oh, like that didn’t happen?!? The slash and burn military mind set

    There was a sand storm in Iraq at the time the chemicals were sprayed . . . oh never mind. No one believes in miracles these daze, or the power of . . . dare I say . . . Allah.

    Saddam was a plant. A CIA PLANT to destroy Iraq. He came in from Syria, when they tossed the baby out with the Ba’ath water in 1950’s after they off’d Young King Faisal II. Brutal regime. Thanks Uncle Sam. I really like what you did to the place . . . NOT!

    This is the unintended consequence slop over.

  6. I took note of the fact that Gordon provided historical background for the existing situation in preparation for the “next war”, however he did not say what or where that war will be. He obviously knows, how about the rest of us?

  7. Always appreciate the “history lesson” vignettes. Wonder if I’m correctly sensing the smallest VT rapprochement, with “If Trump is correct,…” conjecture? I find it more disconcerting that the US House voted 354-60, in support of a resolution opposing Trump’s Syria pullout. Talk about the powerful Israeli lobby,…