Conspiracy Theorist: 4/26

The stupidest war

Mark Luedtke

At least so far, the Syrian war has to be our rulers’ stupidest war ever. Several recent reports highlight nobody knows who’s on whose side. reports, “Local activists confirmed that a number of Islamist factions, backed by Turkish artillery shelling, were able to deter an SDF-led offensive on their positions and seize control of areas fell to the latter earlier on Tuesday.

“The SDF forces include the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Arab and Christian fighters—mainly supported by the United States in the war on radical Islamists.”

So U.S.-backed forces were defeated by Turkish-backed forces, but Turkey is a NATO ally. I use the word “ally” loosely. NATO is a giant welfare program that steals money from U.S. taxpayers and funnels it to rich European countries and Turkey. Like all welfare programs, NATO is about control. U.S. rulers control the welfare and therefore control the rulers of countries who receive it. As always, U.S. rulers win, making themselves richer in the process, and everybody else loses, making taxpayers poorer.

But the stupidity in Syria isn’t limited to the U.S. fighting its nominal allies. The Los Angeles Times recently admitted, “Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter five-year-old civil war.

“The fighting has intensified over the last two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other while maneuvering through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed.”

As always, U.S. rulers are funding all sides of a war with money stolen from taxpayers for the benefit of themselves and their war-profiteer cronies. They get richer, we get poorer, and the risk of terrorist attacks increases.

It would be outrageous enough if the stupidity ended there, but it doesn’t. Famed war correspondent Eric Margolis exposed the myth of the ISIS juggernaut. “The notion that a rabble of 20-something ISIS kids can stand up to highly trained, heavily armed western troops and their native auxiliaries is absurd,” he wrote. “ISIS is what the Ottomans used to call, ‘bashi-bazooks,’ armed street thugs used for looting and attacking civilians.”

Margolis stresses the fighters’ lack of training, supplies and arms and blames the incompetence of Iraqi defenders, who have been continually trained and led by U.S. forces for well over a decade, for ISIS’s success.

Margolis continued, “The small Russian air contingent in Syria has proven far more effective than the US and its allies. The mighty U.S. Air Force has continued pinprick attacks on ISIS positions in what has become a pantomime war. It’s almost as if the western powers are playing make-believe in Syria.”

That’s exactly what they’re doing. The real target of U.S. forces and their surrogates in Syria is Syrian President Assad who is being protected by that small, effective contingent of Russians. ISIS is an ally, term not used loosely, in that fight.

So stupid is U.S. policy in Syria that Seymour Hersh claims Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agents shared intelligence with Russia and Syria through allies to undermine Obama’s support for ISIS against Assad.

The military’s resistance dates back to the summer of 2013, when a highly classified assessment, put together by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then led by General Martin Dempsey, forecast that the fall of the Assad regime would lead to chaos and, potentially, to Syria’s takeover by jihadi extremists, much as was then happening in Libya.

Blogger Bionic Mosquito makes a crucial point. “After a Russian commercial airliner was downed over Egypt’s Sinai last October, Western media reported that the Islamic State bombing was retaliation against Russian airstrikes in Syria,” he wrote. “The killing of 224 people, mostly Russian tourists on holiday, was matter-of-factly treated as an act of war by a fanatical group without an air force resorting to terrorism as a way to strike back.

“Yet, Western militaries have killed infinitely more innocent civilians in the Middle East than Russia has. Then why won’t Western officials and media cite retaliation for that Western violence as a cause of terrorist attacks on New York, Paris, and Brussels?”

Because rulers and their war-profiteering cronies wouldn’t profit. That’s why the next U.S. war will be even stupider.

The views and opinions expressed in Conspiracy Theorist are the views and/or opinions of the author and do not reflect the views and/or opinions of the Dayton City Paper or Dayton City Media and are published strictly for entertainment purposes.

Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at

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