Pindostan Rejects Russian Call to Name Jabhat al-Nusra ‘Terrorist’
Daniel McAdams, Ron Paul Inst, Apr 28 2016
Toner: Fucked Up – RB
The total muddle that is Pindo policy toward Syria continues to astonish. This week, we saw the spectacle of a State Dept spox telling us that Obama’s promise to not put Pindo boots on the ground in Syria was never a promise not to put boots on the ground in Syria. It was funny to see him squirm, but there is nothing funny about the past five years of disastrous policy in Syria, particularly considering the thousands killed once Pindostan decided that “Assad must go,” and began sending in fighters to make that happen. Now we see the extraordinary situation where the Pindo government admits that the militia groups Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham are fighting alongside and are “intermingled with” Jabhat al-Nusra, but resoundingly rejects the Russian request to therefore classify these two groups as terrorist. In fact, not only does fighting alongside and “intermingling with” an AQ franchisee not get a group classified “terrorist,” the Pindo government is actually asking Russia and the Syrian government to stop shooting at such groups! So the State Dept is urging the Syrians and Russians to stop bombing Aleppo, because Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham are operating there, even though it also admits that the groups are “intermingling” with Jabhat al-Nusra. But it gets even more bizarre, as Pentagon spox Warren said last week in a press briefing:
It’s primarily al-Nusra who holds Aleppo.
Why does the State Dept urge a cessation of hostilities against the forces holding Aleppo, while the Pentagon tells us that it is primarily Jabhat al-Nusra that is in charge of Aleppo? Do either of them know what’s going on there? State Dept spox Kirby tries to explain it away by telling us that because Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham are also present, intermingling with Nusra “because they want to be near one another.” Therefore, he says, there should be no Russian or Syrian attack on Aleppo. But in a Feb 22 press briefing, State Dept spox Toner explicitly stated that groups who fight alongside Nusra or other terrorist groups in Syria would be legitimate military targets! Toner made it clear, sort of:
Again, that’s for them frankly to resolve. I mean, if they’re going to be… I mean, they cannot… We have been very clear that we… The ISSG have been very clear in saying that al-Nusra and Daesh are not part of any kind of ceasefire or any kind of negotiated cessation of hostilities. So if you hang out with the wrong folks, then you make that decision.
Is this all coming through clearly? Doesn’t it feel like they are making it up as they go along?