Just days before Biden’s inauguration, there were conflictingreports of US military build-up in oil-rich northeast Syria. Whatever happened in the run-up to the change of power in Washington, it is a fact that this area was already occupied and plundered by US Coalition forces and their Kurdish separatist proxies. Some reports indicated the arrival of convoys of trucks carrying weapons, military hardware, and equipment into the region. Back in September, the “US Central Command (Centcom) deployed Sentinel radar, increased the frequency of US fighter patrols over US forces and deployed Bradley Fighting Vehicles to augment US forces,” according to spokesman Captain Bill Urban.
The ISIS revival should come as no surprise to analysts of the Syrian conflict. In December 2018, Donald Trump made the unexpected announcement that he would withdraw US troops from Syria. One month later, ISIS carried out a suicide attack on Manbij, in northeast Aleppo, killing four American operatives and wounding three. This enabled the war hawks in Trump’s administration to impede plans for an exit from Syria.
Syria in Joe Biden’s crosshairs
The Biden administration is a throwback to the Obama/Clinton era of globalism. Those who celebrated Biden’s victory over Trump have heralded a new era of “war on terror” that will be waged against all those who challenge establishment narratives. The American “left” has effectively sanctioned a new wave of neoconservative military and multi-spectrum dominance campaigns that will be devastating for Syria and the region unless it is halted before it gets started.
Joe Biden is no stranger to unlawful US military intervention. He had been strongly in favour of war against Iraq in 2002, based on the “weapons of mass destruction” canard. Biden sold the war as a “march to peace and security”. It clearly did not signify peace and security to the millions of Iraqis starved, mutilated, murdered and disenfranchised by Bush’s campaign of “shock and awe”that followed. Biden’s role was pivotal to Bush’s securing Senate support for going to war.
It was Biden who let slip, in 2014, that the Gulf States, Turkey and Jordan were arming and funding terrorist organisations invading, occupying and destroying Syria, but he omitted the fact that this would have, no doubt, been sanctioned by the US. Biden was vice president to Obama when the CIA’s Timber Sycamore programme began to funnel weapons and billions of dollars of aid to Al-Qaeda and ISIS-linked“moderates” in Syria.
The recent spate of ISIS operations are fortuitously timed, to put it diplomatically, if one’s aim is to facilitate increased aggression against Syria and a doubling-down of US military presence in neighbouring Iraq. We should not forget that the US has been allegedly implicated in support for the terrorist group, and ISIS operations should always be viewed in lock-step with US predator foreign policy in the region.
It has been claimed that the US has long been transporting ISIS fighters across the border into Iraq, where they are being refreshed and equipped before percolating back into Syria as a “super-ISIS” in a bid to sustain the perpetual destabilisation of Syria.
We know that Biden has the full support of aligned mockingbird media in the West and the control of the most influential social media platforms, Twitter and Facebook, to garner public support for his militarist policies. Trump was the economic sledgehammer, tasked to reduce Syria to a failed state economically, deprived of resources, driven into food insecurity by attacks on agriculture and food supply infrastructure. Biden is the war machine the neoconservatives have been patiently waiting for.
Biden’s pick of war-hawks
Biden has picked William Burns as CIA director. In Burns’s book ‘The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal’, he advocates the use of soft power and the hitching of statecraft to the wagon of covert paramilitary operations and intelligence-gathering. Burns is described as a career diplomat who believes diplomacy and espionage are two sides of the same coin. Burns is an old-school American diplomat with close ties to Hillary Clinton.
Burns endorsed US intervention in Libya, he regrets not overthrowing President Assad and not sanctioning direct US military intervention on a greater scale. In a 2019 interview at the Truman Centre conference on US global leadership, he claimed a “maximalist” approach towards Syria would have been more effective and that it was a mistake not to enforce Obama’s “red line” over the alleged use of “chemical weapons”. It was an opportunity missed, according to Burns, when the US did not capitalise on “Assad losing altitude” and territory in 2012. He argued that military support should have been increased to the “moderates” at that point.
Despite his previous reticence over intervention in Iraq, Burns is not an intelligence head who will argue diplomacy over militarism – he has an axe to grind against the Syrian government. Global peace and security is dependent entirely on US supremacy. This is a CIA director who will uphold Biden’s promise that “America is back and ready to lead the world”. The reality is that Hillary Clinton is back and she will pick up where Obama left off before the Trump interlude, with potentially devastating consequences for Syria.