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U.S. Says It Is No Longer Interested In Forcing Assad To Step Down; Focused On ISIS Instead

After showing signs of ratcheting up the Obama war policy against Syria and the government of Bashar al-Assad, the U.S. government has released an official statement that has shocked many on both the pro-Syria and opposition sides. According to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, the United States is no longer concerned with forcing Assad to leave power and instead will be focused on “defeating ISIS.”

“You pick and choose your battles and when we’re looking at this, it’s about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out,” she told a small group of reporters.

“Do we think he’s a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No,” she said. “What we are going to focus on is putting the pressure in there so that we can start to make a change in Syria.”

“We can’t necessarily focus on Assad the way that the previous administration did,” she added. “Our priority is to really look at how do we get things done, who do we need to work with to really make a difference for the people in Syria.”

On Thursday in Ankara, Tillerson stated that the future of the Syrian government “will be decided by the Syrian people.”

Haley and Tillerson’s remarks, while not a disavowal of the plan to destroy Syria, are at least a step in the right direction, small as they may be. Yet they have also drawn hysteria and shrieking whines from the usual quarters, most notably John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and the Washington Post. Neither McCain’s nor Graham’s words are worth reprinting since they contain no substance and only repeat the tired claims of “Assad killing his own people” and that Russia and Iran are killing civilians and that allowing Assad to stay in power might hurt the morale of al-Qaeda. McCain laughably claimed that failing to prevent Assad from killing terrorists will lead to terrorist attacks on the United States. Graham simply lamented the lack of war with Syria, Iran, and Russia.

The Washington Post also ran a typical op-ed by Jennifer Rubin with the headline: “Team Trump doubles down on Obama’s horrendous betrayal of Syria.” Rubin’s perspective is represented as the conservative opinion, notably identical to the liberal opinion, since both are convulsing and frothing at the mouth to go ahead with an invasion of Syria despite the fact that it might cause a nuclear holocaust.

While the American position towards the Syrian government seems to be improving slightly, it is also noteworthy to point out that the United States has openly been assisting in the creation of a Kurdistan inside Syria, an essential element of the federalization of Syria as described by U.S. politicians, strategists, and corporate-financier think tanks. Perhaps now, with the West moving forward in its carving up of the country, Assad’s presence can be tolerated.

Still, it is our hope that the United States is finally beginning to use reason and is coming to the conclusion that the entire Syrian affair was an act of foolishness at best.

Brandon Turbeville
Brandon Turbeville writes for Activist Post – article archive here – He is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at)

2 Replies to “U.S. Says It Is No Longer Interested In Forcing Assad To Step Down; Focused On ISIS Instead

  1. From the Native American perspective; the USA has been an illegal criminal enterprise from the beginning. Their ‘national anthem’ is a ‘war song’ and they have made war all over the world; after they made total war, including germ warfare against the decedents of the people who had occupied the continent as far back in history as 18 thousand years: the Native American people.
    They make treaties ONLY with those they cannot defeat; and they rarely keep those treaties. Indeed they are presently in illegal possession of more than 60% of their geographic territory as a result of violating their own Constitution’s Art 6. They spread death and destruction, misery and pain where EVER they go.
    “If the USA were any other criminal nation the ‘Americans; would invade the USA to keep the world safe”.
    Their days can only be numbered however; they have allowed insanity to finally take control of their Oligarchy, and the rest of the world cannot take the risk that the USA presents to ALL of them.
    Given the fact that the USA has ALWAYS MAINTAINED THE RIGHT TO INITIATE PREEMPTIVE STRIKES—the rest of the world has no other choice but to defend themselves against what now appears to be a clear and present danger; THE USA.

    NOW; on the other hand; from the Native American point of view; ‘human nature’ is remarkable in many ways. Humanity LOVES and BECOMES DEVOTED—–to the “reformed offender” and the GREATER the reformation; the deeper the love and devotion. If the USA TRULLY wishes to be a “great nation”—they should “lead by positive example”—-REFORM YOURSELVES——in fact; IF YOU SIMPLY DO THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING NOW—-that will speak volumes and the world will have no other choice but to follow your BEAUTIFULLY POSITIVE example.

    You need to hurry though.

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