Over the past few weeks, we've seen geopolitical earthquake after geopolitical earthquake unfold as Russia called Washington's bluff in Syria, and intervened.  The crux of the American difficulty was the decision to "contain" ISIS while training and arming other extremist Sunni elements to overthrow Assad in yet another attempt at "regime change" to create an American satellite and puppet government. It is this connection to the very extremist elements that Washington claioms to be fighting in its endless "war on terror" that is at the crux of the geopolitical crisis facing American foreign policy. Consider this significant series of articles that appeared on Zero Hedge, beginning with an exposure of a US diplomatic cable clearing indicating the use of extremist elements in its "regime change" policy, a pattern that has been in evidence also with its role in the Ukraine:

Secret Cable Reveals US Plan To Overthrow Assad By Exploiting "Extremist Groups"

As always, Zero Hedge paints the geopolitical issues adequately:

Generally speaking, the line you’ll get from the mainstream media is that Syria is just one more example of a Mid-East country where the populace finally reached its breaking point with the injustices created by the brutal regime of an evil autocrat. The resultant chaos, the narrative continues, created a breeding ground for terror which explains why Raqqa has become the de facto capital for ISIS, the Western media’s boogeyman par excellence.

Not to put too fine a point on it - and this won’t surprise anyone who frequents these pages - but that narrative is pure, unadulterated garbage. The real story (again, generally speaking), is that Syria is pivotal for the existing balance of power - and not only the regional balance of power, but the global balance of power as well. The alliance between Bashar al-Assad’s Syria and Moscow, Tehran, and Hezbollah serves as a kind of counterbalance to cooperation among the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey (among others). Should the Assad regime be allowed to fall and the West allowed to influence the post-regime political outcome, the scales would tip, Russia would lose its naval base at Tartus, and Iran’s access to Hezbollah, not to mention the scope of its regional influence would be severely constrained. Assad’s move to support the Islamic Pipeline while rejecting the Qatar-Turkey pipeline was a manifestation of the situation described above.

But even as the world begins gradually to come around to the idea that the US and the West might well have had a role in supporting many of the rebel groups that are currently fighting for control of Syria, the notion that Washington might have intentionally started the Syrian civil war by provoking Sunni extremists (among other tactics) is still seen by many as too horrific a possibility to take seriously.

Zero Hedge then goes on to publish, from Julian Assange, a document which it reproduces in its entirety. Notably, the document is addressed to a variety of "interested parties," among which are the Israeli government, the National Security Council, the US embassy to the European Union, and a few others. Reading the alleged secret document is an eye-opener, but the real "bang" occurs at the end, with the recommended courses of action:

Publicize presence of transiting (or externally focused)  extremist groups in Syria, not limited to mention of Hamas and PIJ.  Publicize Syrian efforts against extremist groups in a way that suggests weakness, signs of instability, and uncontrolled blowback.  The SARG,s argument (usually used after terror attacks in Syria) that it too is a victim of terrorism should be used against it to give greater prominence to increasing signs of instability within Syria. 

These revelations were followed by yet another eye-opening article in Zero Hedge on the nature of Mr. Putin's most recent chess move:

Endgame: Putin Plans To Strike ISIS With Or Without The U.S.

The essence of Mr. Putin's chess move is summarized as follows:

John Kerry, speaking from London following talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, essentially admitted over the weekend that Russia’s move to bolster the Assad regime at Latakia effectively means that the timing of Assad’s exit is now completely indeterminate. Here’s how we summed up the situation:

Moscow, realizing that instead of undertaking an earnest effort to fight terror in Syria, the US had simply adopted a containment strategy for ISIS while holding the group up to the public as the boogeyman par excellence, publicly invited Washington to join Russia in a once-and-for-all push to wipe Islamic State from the face of the earth. Of course The Kremlin knew the US wanted no such thing until Assad was gone, but by extending the invitation, Putin had literally called Washington’s bluff, forcing The White House to either admit that this isn’t about ISIS at all, or else join Russia in fighting them. The genius of that move is that if Washington does indeed coordinate its efforts to fight ISIS with Moscow, the US will be fighting to stabilize the very regime it sought to oust. 

Revelations (which surprised no one but the Pentagon apparently) that Moscow is coordinating its efforts in Syria with Tehran only serve to reinforce the contention that Assad isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and the US will either be forced to aid in the effort to destroy the very same Sunni extremists that it in some cases worked very hard to support, or else admit that countering Russia and supporting Washington’s regional allies in their efforts to remove Assad takes precedence over eliminating ISIS. Because the latter option is untenable for obvious reasons, Washington has a very real problem on its hands - and Vladimir Putin just made it worse.

There is a flaw in Mr. Putin's strategy, and it's one I have alluded to before: if one wishes to assume the moral high ground, as Mr. Putin has done, in combatting Islamic terrorism, then consistency demands that Iran's support for Hezbollah be "on the table" as well. This prospect, clearly, the policy makers in Moscow realize as well, and perhaps this is behind the recent discussions not only between Moscow and Tehran, but Moscow and Riyadh. Time will tell, and of course, the Chinese intervention in Syria portends some such of development might be in the works, as I suggested a little over a week ago. After all, Russia and China have sizeable Muslim populations, and neither wants to see an outbreak of terrorism and "regime change" in their territories.

Thus, there is still a doorway, via pointing out this inconsistency in Russian policy, for the USA to reinject itself into the conversation. But that doorway won't remain open for very long, and if Russia, China, and Tehran should all announce a new status with Hezbollah, or incorporate Saudi Arabia into their emerging discussion, then that doorway will effectively close.

See you on the flip side...


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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. zendogbreath on November 3, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Jesu bless us all. There’s too much context, past, present and future. AKA too many variables. “Boots on the ground in Syria” is the phrase I hear. That tells me the ziocons&libs have zero concern for any difficulty figuring out a wild willfully ignorant propaganda to sugar coat their crimes. Roger’s got a “Glum” (think old cartoon Gulliver’s Travels) perspective that may not be that far off. It also may not have to be that extreme to achieve the same hitlary results. Technology and Jade Helm may already have enough behind them to pull off what exterior military pressure could achieve. In other words:

    “That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

    Anyone have a doubt Turdblossom will be in Hitlary and Jeb’s contingent?

    So everyone here was surprised at Putin’s masterful stroke here, right? What other surprises can such a master bring?

    • zendogbreath on November 3, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      And will someone here please tell me who is financing him if it’s not Rothschild, the Vatican and Windsor?

      • basta on November 4, 2015 at 5:58 am

        Russia is by far the largest country on earth and spans 11 time zones. It has enormous potential wealth from its natural resources and abundant oil and natural gas. That is all they need to keep them independent, free of debt, and not beholden to the Money Changers and the rest of the Cabal. The oligarchs got a foot in the door under the clown Yeltsen but Putin cleaned house after coming to power and ever since they yearn (and plot) to take Russia down like all the rest of the world’s zombie states.

      • basta on November 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

        Russia is by far the largest country on earth and spans 11 time zones. It has enormous potential wealth from its natural resources and abundant oil and natural gas. That is all they need to keep them independent, free of debt, and not beholden to the Money Changers and the rest of the Cabal. The oligarchs got a foot in the door under the drunken clown Yeltsen but Putin cleaned house after coming to power and ever since they yearn (and plot) to take Russia down like all the rest of the world’s zombie states.

      • sagat1 on November 4, 2015 at 6:35 am

        Saxe Coburg Gotha please.

  2. goshawks on November 3, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    The unseen, unstated ‘Elephant in the Room’ within Joseph’s noting of “Iran’s support for Hezbollah be ‘on the table’ as well” demands a use of Long-Term Memory in the Middle East situation:

    The current ‘playboard’ all comes back to the carving-out of Israel from Arab lands, and – most pertinently – how the Israelis of the time pushed-out the natives, rather than negotiating some mutually-beneficial ‘deal’ (because of the Zionist agenda). This led to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s rise, and the establishment of various ‘we will not be forgotten’ groups. The playing-field has ‘evolved’ from there…

    The slow-but-relentless establishment of Israeli housing within ‘annexed’ lands shows natives and neighbors that any ‘settlement process’ (pun intended) is, at its root, a farce to buy time. In it’s turn, this has led to a sotto-agreement between ‘we will not be forgotten’ groups to wear-down Israel, closetly-supported by friendly countries. Slowly, they are learning to exploit Israeli weaknesses. The last Golan Heights skirmish was fought to a draw, for the first time…

    Anyone who has accepted the ‘absence in the room’ of Israeli policies from the overall situation has been de facto turned into a “limited hangout”.

    From rationalwiki dot org:
    “‘Limited hangout’ is intelligence jargon for a form of propaganda in which a selected portion of a scandal, criminal act, sensitive or classified information, etc. is revealed or leaked, without telling the whole story.”

    • goshawks on November 3, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Oh, and my favorite: al-CIA-duh…

  3. johnycomelately on November 3, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    The jack in the box is Turkey.

    The West has turned a blind eye to Erdogan’s purge of the Gulenists and the incarceration of thousands from the military, police, judiciary, media and business.

    The Turkish minority in Greece’s Western Thrace and the Greek Cypriots claims to massive gas reserves might be all that’s needed to send that region into a ball of flames.

    Ominously Germany is pulling out its Patriot batteries from Southern Turkey.

    I wonder how long it will be before Turkey blocks the Bosphorus Straits to the Russian Navy?

  4. DownunderET on November 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I don’t care which way you slice it, the US foreign policy is in tatters, and the neocons have been checkmated by the best “statesman” in the business. The middle east has for years been a “killing field”, and everybody said it must stop, but stopping the killings wasn’t on the US play book. It’s the poor people of this once great country that I feel for, you only have to look at the presidential candidates to see the future of the US. If Putin can stop the carnage in the middle east, he will go down as a leader for the peace of the world, and should get the Nobel prize for his efforts. Hummmmmm peace prize, didn’t somebody else get this prize for his efforts in the middle east, quick, I need a bucket.

    • Button on November 4, 2015 at 3:31 am

      “It’s the poor people of this once great country that I feel for, you only have to look at the presidential candidates to see the future of the US.”

      Yes…I’d ask the world to please have mercy on the poor citizenry of the US when karma comes knocking on our door. There’ll come a day soon when the schoolyard bully is on the ground and EVERYBODY takes the opportunity to get their blows in.

      And yes, one need only to look at our selection of presidential candidates to realize just how near the end really is. In the space of just 250 years, we’ve gone from this:


      to this:


      There’s a real lesson here for any burgeoning, vibrant young nation yearning to fill the vacuum of the USA’s inevitable flush down history’s toilet.

  5. basta on November 3, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Hezbollah was formed and remains important to Iran as a bulwark keeping Israeli Lebensraum in check, and against yet another occupation of Lebanon for an anticipated water-and-resources grab. They thus are a major concern of the ZioCons and are duly branded terrorists, unlike the white-hat “moderate rebels” that they cultivate. Hezbollah will thus never receive Good Housekeeping’s Terrorist Seal of Approval nor will their leaders ever be photographed with John McCain’s arms slung around them, but they also aren’t ever going to be jettisoned in a pointless exercise to curry favor with those who are working assiduously not only to destabilize Syria but ultimately Russia, Iran and China as well.

    Any dispassionate analysis of the causes and dangers of Islamic extremism — and while we’re at it, why don’t we sharpen that phrase to “Middle Eastern extremism” to be fair and realistic and not carry water for one agenda? — would not place Hezbollah that high on the list of strategic threats of “regime change.” Rather the wizards behind the curtain are most likely first on the agenda of those security discussions between Moscow, Beijing, Tehran and other capitals. I suspect there is real concern that most ME players were never that sane to begin with but now are increasingly desperate and capable of just about anything: the KSA has more or less gone rogue, Turkey is run by an outright psychopath vying to earn the title of Supreme Tyrant, ditto Israel, the Kurds are back in play thanks to the hard work of all three of the aforementioned, and the US — well, we all know about the US, don’t we?

    Hezbollah urgent? Really? If this new ME paradigm continues, then in 20-30 years they too will be just as “legit” as the Saudis or Kuwaitis or the Lukidniks who created them through blowback in the first place. And that’s doubtless what makes them so unnerving to all the Usual Suspects.

    • DanaThomas on November 4, 2015 at 2:17 am

      Yes, “middle east extremists” is a much more apt expression!

  6. Roger on November 3, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I think Putin underestimates the west’s leftists stupidity, ego, and deadly tantrums when it appears they are about to be thwarted. I suspect Syria will soon be invaded and split up between Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the Kurds. Maybe even parts of it will become a new Palestinian homeland to get them out of Israel’s hair. They will use ISIS as the excuse of course, possibly after a huge false flag event, and will call Russia’s bluff and force Russia to back down. After the Syrian forces and ISIS are defeated these seized territories will not be returned and Syria will seize to exist. Just speculation but Turkey, Israel, and Saudi Arabia seem to be mobilizing in this direction.

    • milt on November 3, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Why are the Saudis meeting with Putin? Don’t forget, the US stole the Saudi gold being held in Swiss bank accounts. The US trumped up some fines because money laundering and drug money were being funneled through these bank accounts. All true, but look at our banks….ahem. Anyway, the fines opened the bank vault and we took the Saudi gold.

      Putin is no fool. This is high stakes chess we are looking at here and Putin is probably the only sane adult at the board.

      • basta on November 3, 2015 at 2:15 pm

        The US has a new racket — international extortion. Forget sanctions, that’s so yesterday! The latest is sovereign and corporate multi-billion dollar shake-downs: Toyota, SocGen, VW, the Saudis, Russians, on and on.

        And meanwhile the DoD IG for Iraq reveals a $34,000,000.00 gas station builtwith DoD funds in northern Afghanistan. Money laundering much? Kind of like all those infamous Kabul businesses which launder poppy profits for DC honchos.

  7. milt on November 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Putin, please shut the door quickly and let the US howl as it tries to pull it’s bruised foot out of the doorway.

    Oh, how about that Russian airliner leaving Egypt getting blown up? Hmmmmm…….payback for the door.

    • Robert Barricklow on November 3, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Lew Rockwell’s site has an article saying it was a U.S. drone that did the dirty deed.

    • Robert Barricklow on November 3, 2015 at 11:14 am

      New article from rtdotcom has it that crash was due to a sudden midair explosion.

      • milt on November 3, 2015 at 11:17 am

        yeah, you bet. This is going to get real interesting. Pushing, pushing, the Bear in the corner…..

  8. marcos anthony toledo on November 3, 2015 at 9:36 am

    The real question is has the West ever believed at anytime TRADE. Or is DRUG PUSHING their only idea of exchange for what they want and desire. And is cold blooded MURDER all that gives meaning to their existence.

  9. WalkingDead on November 3, 2015 at 9:34 am

    The rape of the entire planet by the global corporations is not yet complete. The neocons are like rabid pit bulls and, if given their way, will burn the globe to achieve their ends. As RB says, it’s all about the money.

    • Roger on November 3, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      The Global Party representing the Global Corporations seem to have infiltrated and control most western countries. They are not loyal to their country of origin and seek to weaken and destroy them from within. We probably need to quit looking at Merkel’s, Obama’s and other countries leadership in the west as being the Americans are doing this, Germany is attempting this and ects…, because these leaders aren’t doing anything for their country or countrymen. They belong to the Global Party and are at war with their own populations and other political parties because they serve Globalism and the Global Government they have already enacted. WWIII is now waging fiercely but for the most part for now it is mostly a financial, social, environmental, and propaganda campaign that is slowly going militarily and police state hot as more and more people wake up to the fact that they are under assault. These Globalist would gladly turn their own country into a war torn wasteland if it gains them the world. I have a feeling Hitlary isn’t an accidental pun for Hillary, it probably will be her role to play when she gets elected. After taking Syria and then going after Iran the Globalist will probably try to force a Chinese and Russian invasion of the US. Once the Chinese and Russian troops are locked in battle with what’s left of the patriots after Hillary goes after them Nazi style to embolden the Chinese to invade us while we are weakened and destracted with civil war and chaos then the Globalist might start their Green Revolution in Russia and China while they are tied up in the US. In the end they will likely use chemical agents that peacefully take them in the night on the useful idiot Muslims after they are done with them as it is written in their Koran. Out of all this chaos the Globalists believe they take and control the entire planet. Just high octane speculation to consider and watch for.

      • Button on November 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm

        Your speculation is very similar to my own, Roger. Thinking in terms of nation-states is obsolete; it’s my one disagreement with Dr. Farrell. The people that run these nations are committed globalists – everything in their education, their career appointments, their ideas on foreign policy all show a remarkable cohesion. Make no mistake, they are very talented at using nationalism to whip up the mob when it suits some short term agenda, but the ends have never changed. And this is not to say that they don’t fight savagely among themselves for the throne; after all, that’s what politics is. However, all of them, without exception, remain committed globalists and collectivists of some form.

        I too think the US is being prepared as the fall guy in this grand play. Domestically, I can see the stage being set to provide a pretext for foreign involvement through the debate on gun rights and their continually emphasized connections with right-wingers and Christian fundamentalists. Similarities, including visual comparisons, have been made in the media between ISIS and Christian Fundamentalists in the US. For years Evangelical Christian pastors and “scholars” have been promoting the idea that the “Gog and Magog” of the Book of Revelation are Russia and China. I strongly suspect there is a long term goal of drawing these people out into a wider conflict in order to fulfill “prophecy” and thereby eliminate a significant political threat to globalization, the same as ISIS. I think also they fear an alliance between this far right, gun owning domestic bloc and elements of the US military which could pose a very significant threat to the long term plans of the globalists.

        In the end, speculating on the details is useless because, as you say, chaos is key. I think a large part of what we see happening really serves no other intended purpose than to simply cause chaos and mayhem, out of which “order” can arise and be welcomed.

        P.S. I do believe the 2016 presidential race is going to be a “race of the women” for various reasons. I can easily see a “historic” and “unprecedented” battle shaping up between Empress Hillary in her crimson Mao pant suit with the matching shoes and Der Fuhrer Frau Direktor Fiorina with her legions of bull-necked, blue-eyed, red-blooded US Marines of the newly inaugurated American Fremde Heer Ost.

      • Button on November 4, 2015 at 3:14 am

        Your speculations are very similar to mine, Roger. I don’t think it’s accurate anymore to analyze things from a nation-state perspective because the individuals making foreign policy decisions are all committed globalists. Their pedigrees, education, and professional appointments are all remarkably cohesive in this respect. Of course they do not hesitate to use nationalism in order to whip up the mob in pursuit of some short term agenda, but the ends remain the same – globalization and collectivization. And they also will not hesitate to fight among themselves for the throne, after all that’s what politicians spend their careers doing – politicizing social concerns for personal gain.

        I completely agree with your predictions regarding the US. I strongly suspect the real reason behind the gun debate is to draw out and justifiably liquidate a potentially significant political bloc in this country that is resistant to a non-US led, multipolar world order. If this bloc were to align with elements in the US military, the setbacks for the globalists could be severe, at least in the US. It is imperative that this political bloc be eliminated or at least disarmed as quickly as possible. In this regard, it isn’t difficult to imagine a scenario where Christian Fundamentalism, using the same type of misfits, becomes the new ISIS and global boogieman, necessitating foreign involvement for domestic “peacekeeping”. I do not find it implausible that the USA could become Syria in 5 years.

        In any event, I think it’s useless to speculate too much because, as you say, chaos is key. Indeed, I rather think a lot of what we see has no other intended purpose than to cause chaos and mayhem. Out of chaos will come “order”.

        P.S. I do believe the 2016 presidential showdown in the US will be a “woman’s race”. I could be wrong, but I can almost see the media circus now covering the “historic” and “unprecedented” face off between Empress Hillary in her crimson Mao pantsuit and matching heels and Der Fuhrer Frau Direktor Fiorina with her legions of bull-necked, blue-eyed, red-blooded American einsatzkommandos as her litter bearers.

  10. Robert Barricklow on November 3, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Follow the money & oil.

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