U.S. Invades Syria, And Warns Russia


Eric Zuesse

On Monday, August 22nd, the United States government — which demands the overthrow of the internationally-recognized-as-legal government of Syria — officially announced that America’s military forces in Syria will continue to occupy Syrian land, no matter what the Syrian government says, and will shoot down any Syrian planes that fly over U.S. forces there and attack them.

As reported on Monday by Al-Masdar News:

The Pentagon has announced that the USA is ready to down Syrian and Russian planes that they claim threaten American advisers who by international law are illegally operating in northern Syria.

On Friday, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis claimed that US jets attempted to intercept Syrian planes to protect the American advisers operating illegally with Kurdish forces in Syria after Syrian government jets bombed areas of Hasakah when Kurdish police began an aggression against the National Defense Force.

On Monday, another Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook, said, “We would continue to advise the Syrian regime to steer clear of those areas.”

“We are going to defend our people on the ground, and do what we need to defend them,” Cook told reporters. 

This means that the U.S. government will not allow the Syrian government to expel or otherwise eliminate U.S. forces in Syria. The Syrian government never invited U.S. forces into Syria, but the U.S. now officially dares the Syrian government to assert its sovereignty over the areas where America’s troops are located.

Al-Masdar continued:

When pushed further about Russia, Cook made it clear that the US would make the same aggression against Russian jets who are operating legally with the Syrian government’s approval and coordination.

“If they threaten US forces, we always have the right to defend our forces,” Cook said.

This means that the U.S. not only is at war against the legitimate government of Syria, but that the U.S. government will also be at war against Russia if Russian forces (which the Syrian government did invite into Syria) defend Syrian forces from attacks in Syria by U.S. forces — forces that are illegally there.

These U.S. forces number only 300, of whom 250 were sent to Syria on April 24th to serve as advisors to other illegal military forces in Syria.

The vast majority of the illegal military forces in Syria are jihadists who had been hired by the Saudi government and the Qatari government, and supplied with U.S. weapons, to overthrow the Syrian government. Most of the other illegal forces in Syria are Kurdish forces, supported by the U.S. government to break Syria apart so as to create a separate Kurdish state in the majority-Kurdish far north-eastern tip of Syria.

The primary U.S. goal in Syria is to overthrow the Syrian government, which is led by the Baath Party, Syria’s secular Party. Many Arabs insist upon Sharia, or Islamic law, but Syria’s Arabs are an exception; the Baath Party is and has always been supported by the majority of the Syrian people, including by most of Syria’s Arabs. Most Syrians are strongly opposed to Sharia law. Syria is the most secular nation in the Middle East.

For example, when Western-sponsored polls were taken in Syria, after the start in 2011 of the importation of jihadists into Syria, those polls showed that 55% of Syrians want Bashar al-Assad (the current leader of the Baath Party) to remain as Syria’s President, and “82% agree ‘IS [Islamic State] is US and foreign made group’.” Furthermore, only “22% agree ‘IS is a positive influence’,” and that 22% was the lowest level of support shown by Syrians for any of the presented statements, except for, “21% agree ‘Prefer life now than under Assad’” — meaning that Syrians believe that things were better before the U.S.-sponsored jihadists entered Syria to overthrow Assad.

Clearly, when “82% agree ‘IS [Islamic State] is US and foreign made group’,” very few people in Syria support the 300 U.S. forces there. Not only is the U.S. an invader, but it (and especially the forces that the U.S. supports in Syria — most especially the jihadists, who are the vast majority of these forces) made life far worse (and far shorter) for virtually all Syrians.

Furthermore, that same poll found: “70% agree ‘Oppose division of country’.” Consequently, the Kurdish separatists are likewise opposed by the vast majority of Syrians.

The Syrian government, from now on, is in the uncomfortable position of having invaders on its territory, and of being warned that one of them — the U.S. — will be fully at war against Syria if Syria tries to expel them.

Russia too is now under warning from the United States, that, if Russia, an ally of Syria, takes any action to expel or kill any of the U.S. invaders in Syria, then the U.S. will also be at war against Russia.

The U.S. government is now also daring the Russian government. Perhaps the U.S. strategy here is to force Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, either to back down, and abandon its Syrian ally, or else to launch a nuclear strike against the United States. If Putin backs down, that would greatly diminish his support from the Russian people, which is above 80% in all polls, including Western-sponsored ones. Perhaps this is the strategy of U.S. President Barack Obama, to drive Vladimir Putin out of office — something that might occur if the U.S. drives Bashar al-Assad out of office.

As Seymour Hersh reported, on 7 January 2016, “the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then [in the summer of 2013] 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,” and so Dempsey quit, and Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the DIA between 2012 and 2014, was fired over the matter. “The DIA’s reporting, he [Flynn] said, ‘got enormous pushback’ from the Obama administration. ‘I felt that they did not want to hear the truth.’”

Flynn is now a foreign-affairs advisor to the Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, who is being criticized by the Democratic Presidential candidate, for being soft on Russia and insufficiently devoted to the U.S. goal of overthrowing Assad.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

  • Zone43

    But they didn’t shoot down the Israel jets that attacked the USS Liberty, why?

    • Donald Miller

      Perhaps it would be wise directing your comments to current affairs. USS Liberty is a horrible atrocity deserving it’s own platform.
      The point here Putin is not one to blink. He’ll stand by Assad and we’ll witness this war escalated caused by our now obvious invasion game face in Syria. As of late US & NATO have lost far to many land base assets (Turkey) in this region to mount any sort of retaliation going head to head over there. This also give validity to Trumps claim of ISIS being a US creation aimed to change regime in Syria. See now how Nukes maybe all to tempting to US/NATO? Will we see cuase and effect?
      This stance US/NATO are now taking may well be the tinder box enabling Obama administrations postponement of elections as full blown ground war erupts.
      How about a nice game of Chess.

      • Jas

        They are the ‘same affair’ Of course they wouldn’t shoot down their own jets and sink their PT boats for the original question.

  • come-and-take-it

    US involvement in any national movement not within the US is interference with a peoples right to self-determination. The US is in Syria illegally at the behest of the neocons and corporate beggars. At what point does the American public get tired of sending their blood and treasure to foreign countries to enrich the sleazy bastards at the top of the dung heap?

    • ddearborn


      As the leaked Clinton memo’s made clear the underlying reason we are in Syria is to break up the country to allow Israel to keep the stolen Golan heights and allow for further annexation of a large portion of Syria by Israel. This cannot happen unless the existing Syrian civilian and military infrastructure has been destroyed and the duly democratically elected Syrian government removed by force. Naturally Israel doesn’t want to spend any of its own money, or spill any of its own soldiers blood to steal the land. Far better to have the US do it for free……And it bears noting that a fairly large percentage of the “neocons” are in fact dual citizen israelis to begin with. And a very large percentage of the rest are zionists.

  • kpevt12 .

    The correct thing to do is for Syria to go to the UN and demand the UN force the US out of Syrian territory. Of course the US will not leave, but it brings to light the fact the US has illegally invaded Syria shining the light on the US as being the bad guys. Then Syria can once again go in front of the UN and ask that the US be given 90 days to withdraw. This places the deadline after the elections taking the war effort away from Obama. With some luck maybe Trump gets elected and the entire scenario is cancelled when Trump removes the military from Syria. It is a long shot to work, but it forces the hand of the US and makes Obama and Hillary look like the villains. It is worth a try and better than missiles flying everywhere. I am sure Putin is already 10 steps ahead of me.

    • Anticopyright –

      when has the un done anything positive at all for anyone? useless

      • kpevt12 .

        Of course the UN is useless, but you use the UN to reveal to the world what is going on, you use the UN to delay any confrontation until after the elections to see who you will deal with. The UN is simply a buy time tactic, use it and keep the world from going to war which is exactly what Obama/Hillary/Soros/Rothschilds want.

  • Cranford Ducain

    I can’t think of a better reason for a middle-eastern nation to call for the U N to put sanctions on the U S for being an invading force into their sovereign country. Isn’t this what the U N was established for ?
    After all the stories we were told about WWII. I would have never imagined the army of my country becoming an aggressor into another country.

    • Jas

      No, the UN was created to facilitate a one world government.

  • Harold Smith

    Any military personnel who’ve deployed to Syria are not only violating their enlistment oaths, but they’re helping traitors in high places to destroy what’s left of “America”..

  • Malthus

    Blow the US out of Syria. It is now a rogue nation.

  • Nuthinbutnet

    Ew, shit.., Ain’t them Russians got that there S-500, or even 400 system?
    Ew, shit….. Could get interesting.
    Now that’s a “No Fly Zone”…

  • spirittoo

    Don’t just sit there Russia and Syria with your thumb up your ass …. DO SOMETHING!!! Get those asshole out of Syria!!!!

  • desertspeaks

    the title is wrong.. U.S. ILLEGALLY invades the sovereign country of Syria and warns Russia.. in violation of the laws of nations and international law!
    Newsflash to the wonks in the US govt, Russia has a defense pact that predates your ILLEGAL WAR by 20 years! Russia is invited into Syria by the democratically elected Assad.
    Who invited the US rogue terrorist state?? NO ONE!

    • JosephConrad

      Who? The dual-citizenship Jewish Govt. Policy Makers and White Rich 1%.
      They and ISRAEL cannot survive in a World at Peace nor after a WW III.

  • alexander the new yorker

    beyond removing Assad the ultimate goal is to run a pipeline from feudal Arabia to the Med coast for the Euro market
    much fuss, mess and misery for a soon to be obsolete energy source !

  • Frank Hodges

    I await Putin’s response with bated breath.

  • alexander the new yorker

    All this suffering so feudal Arabia can shove a pipeline thru Syria !
    Much fuss, mess and misery for a soon to be obsolete energy source.

  • JosephConrad

    The U.S. White 1% Jewish-Wasp Elite (globalists, Neocons, Democraps) will do whatever they want in the M.E., Africa, Asia & S. America (Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina & Venezuela) until RuSSIA, CHINA & IRAN, etc. force it & Israel to back down/pull back.

    PUTIN MADE A MISTAKE IN NOT CONFRONTING U.S./NATO IN UKRAINE by absorbing the 2 eastern regions and making the U.S. LEAVE Syria & Iraq. THIS MAKES RUSSIA LOOK WEAK.

  • TStephen

    Well, we’ve succeeded in turning the ME into the mother of all cluster-f**ks.
    I hope and pray that those who created this chaos with cavalier disregard for human life, will receive their just reward.
    God have mercy on us, we have made a mess of things in the name of money and power.