"Bigger Than Watergate" - Hillary Clinton And The Syrian Bloodbath

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While we would be the first to admit that we disagree with Jeffrey Sachs on virtually every other issue, on the topic of Hillary Clinton, the ongoing Syria bloodbath which has come to define the geopolitical situation for the past 3 years, and how this is an event that would  "surely rival Watergate in shaking the foundations of the US establishment" if the truth were fully known, we agree 100 percent. 

Hillary Clinton and the Syrian Bloodbath, by Jeffrey Sachs, originally posted on HuffPo

In the Milwaukee debate, Hillary Clinton took pride in her role in a recent UN Security Council resolution on a Syrian ceasefire:

But I would add this. You know, the Security Council finally got around to adopting a resolution. At the core of that resolution is an agreement I negotiated in June of 2012 in Geneva, which set forth a cease-fire and moving toward a political resolution, trying to bring the parties at stake in Syria together.

This is the kind of compulsive misrepresentation that makes Clinton unfit to be President. Clinton's role in Syria has been to help instigate and prolong the Syrian bloodbath, not to bring it to a close.

In 2012, Clinton was the obstacle, not the solution, to a ceasefire being negotiated by UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan. It was US intransigence - Clinton's intransigence - that led to the failure of Annan's peace efforts in the spring of 2012, a point well known among diplomats. Despite Clinton's insinuation in the Milwaukee debate, there was (of course) no 2012 ceasefire, only escalating carnage. Clinton bears heavy responsibility for that carnage, which has by now displaced more than 10 million Syrians and left more than 250,000 dead.

As every knowledgeable observer understands, the Syrian War is not mostly about Bashar al-Assad, or even about Syria itself. It is mostly a proxy war, about Iran. And the bloodbath is doubly tragic and misguided for that reason.

Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the leading Sunni powers in the Middle East, view Iran, the leading Shia power, as a regional rival for power and influence. Right-wing Israelis view Iran as an implacable foe that controls Hezbollah, a Shi'a militant group operating in Lebanon, a border state of Israel. Thus, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel have all clamored to remove Iran's influence in Syria.

This idea is incredibly naïve. Iran has been around as a regional power for a long time--in fact, for about 2,700 years. And Shia Islam is not going away. There is no way, and no reason, to "defeat" Iran. The regional powers need to forge a geopolitical equilibrium that recognizes the mutual and balancing roles of the Gulf Arabs, Turkey, and Iran. And Israeli right-wingers are naïve, and deeply ignorant of history, to regard Iran as their implacable foe, especially when that mistaken view pushes Israel to side with Sunni jihadists.

Yet Clinton did not pursue that route. Instead she joined Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and right-wing Israelis to try to isolate, even defeat, Iran. In 2010, she supported secret negotiations between Israel and Syria to attempt to wrest Syria from Iran's influence. Those talks failed. Then the CIA and Clinton pressed successfully for Plan B: to overthrow Assad.

When the unrest of the Arab Spring broke out in early 2011, the CIA and the anti-Iran front of Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey saw an opportunity to topple Assad quickly and thereby to gain a geopolitical victory. Clinton became the leading proponent of the CIA-led effort at Syrian regime change.

In early 2011, Turkey and Saudi Arabia leveraged local protests against Assad to try to foment conditions for his ouster. By the spring of 2011, the CIA and the US allies were organizing an armed insurrection against the regime. On August 18, 2011, the US Government made public its position: "Assad must go."

Since then and until the recent fragile UN Security Council accord, the US has refused to agree to any ceasefire unless Assad is first deposed. The US policy--under Clinton and until recently--has been: regime change first, ceasefire after. After all, it's only Syrians who are dying. Annan's peace efforts were sunk by the United States' unbending insistence that U.S.-led regime change must precede or at least accompany a ceasefire. As the Nation editors put it in August 2012:

The US demand that Assad be removed and sanctions be imposed before negotiations could seriously begin, along with the refusal to include Iran in the process, doomed [Annan's] mission.

Clinton has been much more than a bit player in the Syrian crisis. Her diplomat Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi was killed as he was running a CIA operation to ship Libyan heavy weapons to Syria. Clinton herself took the lead role in organizing the so-called "Friends of Syria" to back the CIA-led insurgency.

The U.S. policy was a massive, horrific failure. Assad did not go, and was not defeated. Russia came to his support. Iran came to his support. The mercenaries sent in to overthrow him were themselves radical jihadists with their own agendas. The chaos opened the way for the Islamic State, building on disaffected Iraqi Army leaders (deposed by the US in 2003), on captured U.S. weaponry, and on the considerable backing by Saudi funds. If the truth were fully known, the multiple scandals involved would surely rival Watergate in shaking the foundations of the US establishment.

The hubris of the United States in this approach seems to know no bounds. The tactic of CIA-led regime change is so deeply enmeshed as a "normal" instrument of U.S. foreign policy that it is hardly noticed by the U.S. public or media. Overthrowing another government is against the U.N. charter and international law. But what are such niceties among friends?

This instrument of U.S. foreign policy has not only been in stark violation of international law but has also been a massive and repeated failure. Rather than a single, quick, and decisive coup d'état resolving a US foreign policy problem, each CIA-led regime change has been, almost inevitably, a prelude to a bloodbath. How could it be otherwise? Other societies don't like their countries to be manipulated by U.S. covert operations.

Removing a leader, even if done "successfully," doesn't solve any underlying geopolitical problems, much less ecological, social, or economic ones. A coup d'etat invites a civil war, the kind that now wracks Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. It invites a hostile international response, such as Russia's backing of its Syrian ally in the face of the CIA-led operations. The record of misery caused by covert CIA operations literally fills volumes at this point. What surprise, then, the Clinton acknowledges Henry Kissinger as a mentor and guide?

And where is the establishment media in this debacle? The New York Times finally covered a bit of this story last month in describing the CIA-Saudi connection, in which Saudi funds are used to pay for CIA operations in order to make an end-run around Congress and the American people. The story ran once and was dropped. Yet the Saudi funding of CIA operations is the same basic tactic used by Ronald Reagan and Oliver North in the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s (with Iranian arms sales used to fund CIA-led covert operations in Central America without consent or oversight by the American people).

Clinton herself has never shown the least reservation or scruples in deploying this instrument of U.S. foreign policy. Her record of avid support for US-led regime change includes (but is not limited to) the US bombing of Belgrade in 1999, the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the Iraq War in 2003, the Honduran coup in 2009, the killing of Libya's Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, and the CIA-coordinated insurrection against Assad from 2011 until today.

It takes great presidential leadership to resist CIA misadventures. Presidents get along by going along with arms contractors, generals, and CIA operatives. They thereby also protect themselves from political attack by hardline right-wingers. They succeed by exulting in U.S. military might, not restraining it. Many historians believe that JFK was assassinated as a result of his peace overtures to the Soviet Union, overture he made against the objections of hardline rightwing opposition in the CIA and other parts of the U.S. government.

Hillary Clinton has never shown an iota of bravery, or even of comprehension, in facing down the CIA. She has been the CIA's relentless supporter, and has exulted in showing her toughness by supporting every one of its misguided operations. The failures, of course, are relentlessly hidden from view. Clinton is a danger to global peace. She has much to answer for regarding the disaster in Syria.

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Baby Bladeface's picture

Grandma Dracula must get her human blood and Geritol cocktail.

Looney's picture

It looks like 0bama is ready to give Loretta Lynch a go-ahead to indict Hillary.

Some people, even on Zero Hedge, have said that she’s got dirt on him, but I don’t think he’s too worried about it.

He will indict her and, on the last day of his Presidency, he will pardon her.

Remember Slick Billy’s pardoning of Mark Rich?  ;-) 


P.S. Just a refresher Mary Jo White (current head of the SEC) and later James Comey (currently the FBI Director) were appointed to investigate the pardons, but found no illegality on Clinton’s part.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Obama is go ahead to indict and after, is give pardon. After all, what is little bit of treason between friend.

Minions's picture

It's a bloodbath because Israel is wagging America to destroy Syria like they did Iraq and Libya. America's Syrian Nightmare is made in Israel.


Looney's picture

Boris, I hear that Vodka-Diplomat has nottin’ to do with diplomacy. It was “moonshined” from Chernobyl potatoes in the basement of the US Embassy in Moscow for 20-some years.  ;-)



C'mon, guys, this time will be different.

Let 'ole Cankles do her thing, and destroy the world.

I got Grammy Awards reruns to watch.

Money Counterfeiter's picture

Russia needs to kill the MF Zionist to the south. 

Durrmockracy's picture

Hillary has had to put up with this vast conspiracy of yours for years now.  Give it a break....

Pinto Currency's picture



The chaos created in the Middle East has been a success according to the Yinon plan.

Russia is mucking it up though if it restores Syria.





BTW, this ZH article is written by Jeffrey Sachs who helped Soros and the oligarchs to loot the former Soviet Union with their 'shock therapy' of hyperinflation.   Quite ironic:

".... Russia and the Community of Independent States (CIS): Soros headed a delegation to Russia, where he had worked together with Raisa Gorbachova since the late 1980s, to establish the Cultural Initiative Foundation. As with his other "charitable foundations," this was a tax-free vehicle for Soros and his influential Western friends to enter the top policymaking levels of the country, and for tiny sums of scarce hard currency, but up important political and intellectual figures. After a false start under Mikhail Gorbachov in 1988-91, Soros shifted to the new Yeltsin circle. It was Soros who introduced Jeffery Sachs and shock therapy into Russia, in late 1991. Soros describes his effort: "I started mobilizing a group of economists to take to the Soviet Union (July 1990). Professor Jeffery Sachs, with whom I had worked in Poland, was ready and eager to participate. He suggested a number of other participants: Romano Prodi from Italy; David Finch, a retired official from the IMF [International Monetary Fund]. I wanted to include Stanley Fischer and Jacob Frenkel, heads of research of the World Bank and IMF, respectively; Larry Summers from Harvard and Michael Bruno of the Central Bank of Israel."

Since Jan. 2, 1992, shock therapy has introduced chaos and hyperinflation into Russia. Irreplaceable groups from advanced scientific research institutes have fled in pursuit of jobs in the West. Yegor Gaidar and the Yeltsin government imposed draconian cuts in state spending to industry and agriculture, even though the entire economy was state-owned. A goal of a zero deficit budget within three months was announced. Credit to industry was ended, and enterprises piled up astronomical debts, as inflation of the ruble went out of control. ..."



cheka's picture

hillary's not that hot without makeup

AldousHuxley's picture

without makeup, she's a he

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

The one and only reason Hillary isn't sittig in a jail cell awaiting trial and the Senate sitting for the impeachment trial of Barry Soetoro is... a complicit media. And with that the nation was lost. We lost the media when we lost academia to communists.

Normalcy Bias's picture

“There is just nothing that satisfies them. They are the greediest white trash I have ever seen.” - Pat Caddell, referring to the Clintons.

That was the Quote of the Week.


Croesus's picture

I hope the "Just Us" system does a great job giving Hillary a mock trial, and a BS sentence: "In light of your service to the public...blah blah blah, please pay the clerk $50". 

It will just further expose the system as the total scam that it really is.  

More and more people are awakening to the realities of life in America. 

And they're very pissed off. 

"On a long enough timeline, the probability of career politicians escaping the hangman's noose drops to zero..." 




knukles's picture

After giving her a pardon, he will appoint her to the Supreme Court, which of course the neo-whatevers will approve whole heartedly.  It's for the female children.  As well as the mentally retarded, infirmed, paralyzed semi-aborted survivors, illegal immigrants enriching our culture and of course the whatever else is politically fashionable to further the Fabian Soacialistic Dream of a New World Order.  A boot forever on the face of man..

nmewn's picture

It'll be great! The Clinton Foundation will be finally have the representation it deserves before the highest court in the land to thwart all those scurrilous attacks by that vast right wing conspiracy out there!

And it'll all be quite...legal...& tidy.

Who could argue with that? ;-)

logicalman's picture

They use the law to commit crimes.


nmewn's picture

So, same as it ever was then? ;-)

Golden Showers's picture

How about a pillow over her face and no questions asked? Do you like that? Is that groovy?

Loretta Lynch might get nominated to the supreme court and excuse me, but that is some shit we need to sit back on right now and consider. Pass the pipe on this shit. What's some treason?

BTW I like your style.

Edit... This was in response to Boris above. Wow this forum is hawt!

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

If she has not been convicted of a crime before then, I do not believe that she has can be pardoned as there is nothing to pardon.  Does that make sense?

JLee2027's picture

What crimes was Nixon convicted of before he was pardoned?

knukles's picture

Drowning Mary Jo Kopkne?  Starting the Vietnam War? 

nmewn's picture

Nuking Japan, twice ;-)

logicalman's picture

Finally killing any link between currency and metal?

tarabel's picture



That would be a no to both of those.

Vietnam... Good Kennedy

Mary Jo Kopechne... Bad Kennedy

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Shhhh... under pant suit, maybe there is not correct anatomical assembly to warrant appelation of "Grandma"... Just to saying.

Lumberjack's picture


I would say the Swedes (and others) are sick and tired of Turkey et.al. causing so many refugee problems.

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

+1, but you made me throw up a little in my mouth just thinking about what might be under pant suit. Is have bad smell too, like Germany cheese from Muenster, even 1 bottle vodka not strong enough to kill odor

Winston Churchill's picture

Nothing a nose cauterization with a red hot poker can't cure.

Which way to the beach's picture

A woman such as Clinton (I know, that's streching it beyond belief but please bear with me) occasionally is quite a serviceable substitute for masturbation. It takes an abundance of imagination, to be sure.

Karl Klaus

More imagination that has ever existed in this and all space time continiums.



acetinker's picture

Mr. Alatovkrap,

May it you please to watch some movie, whose protagonist is just recently died, but is considered tinfoil by most, to know that all is not what seems.

acetinker would be most pleased to share liter(s) of vodka someday-

In the meantime:


Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is watch this movie in Russia, is subtitle call "Creepy People is see from Periphery". Even at end of cold war, movie is scary reminder of never know who is friend or foe.

acetinker's picture

The vision peripheral is apparent few posess.  Be care, Boris!

acetinker's picture

The vision peripheral is apparent few posess.  Be care, Boris!

edit: I thought i knew why comments dupe.

Evidently, I don't.

DanDaley's picture

Boris, How do you say "muff-diver" in Russian?

macholatte's picture

As every knowledgeable observer understands, the Syrian War is not mostly about Bashar al-Assad, or even about Syria itself. It is mostly a proxy war, about Iran. And the bloodbath is doubly tragic and misguided for that reason.


Why nobody talk about the gas pipeline the Arabs & Germans want at the expense of the Americans.


If the truth were fully known, the multiple scandals involved would surely rival Watergate in shaking the foundations of the US establishment.


The truth we already now is horriffic. There's more???

Sothis's picture

Germany will get their pipeline.  The Nord Stream, out of Russia.  They'll replace Ukraine as the energy hub of Europe, and they'll promptly leave the Euro Zone.  Might take a few years to transpire, but it's the path of least resistance.

knukles's picture

Nord Stream is already under construciton. 

Freddie's picture

They expanded it.  Nord Stream was online.  Russia or Gazprom was blocked in the south by mcCain/Nudelman et al.  before that Nudelman and ZWO, Z-State Dept totalled F'ed the Ukraine and Russia said it will shut down Ukraine. 

The only solution was adding more capacity to Nord Stream.  The pipelines crisscrossing EurAsia is pretty mind boggling.  Go to GazProm's web site.  It is amazing.

MSimon's picture

Ukraine and Poland are going to be a natural gas source for Europe.



Demdere's picture

9/11 was a FF.  Treason.  The perps will hang if peace arrives. 

That must have been clear to the perps before they did it.  Therefore, they could not have planned to reach their goal of destablizing the ME and stopping, that might have meant peace.

Thus, all of the chaos has been the intended effect, the goal of Ynon plan's balkanization of the ME to remove any possilbe opposition to Israel.

Note who is bearing the costs?  Not Israel.

And not yet the perps in our gov, Israeli-Neocons and minions. 

Israeli-Neocons are the existential threat to the world.

cheka's picture

on the right path

now add the millions of syrians evacuated to make way for the greater israel border expansion

doctor10's picture

The whole Mid-East mess is owned by Hillary.

20 years-from Albright to Clinton-of sending women-even a black women-to do men's jobs in the Middle east

ya'd think if its so damn important for Muslim men to sell their oil in USD-we'd at least the foresight and judgment to do them the courtesy of sending a Trump-type or our own Putin-type out to negotiate on our behalf.

Instead we send women. And wonder why the rest of the world sees Americans as "arrogant" and "clueless" -and then pretend we really just can't figure out what happened over there-"nobody could see it coming" etc

And all the while Putin is laughing in his sleeve-and Bibi is raging-and all the Muslim Leaders of consequence are dead-humiliated in the eyes of their own countrymen by being forced to kowtow to American women. They are deposed and killed by their countrymen.

Any REAL politician and female American leader -knowing how critical the region is to American interests-should be able to see and appreciate the damage to American interests of forcing Muslim men to openly negotiate American interests with women. And should have declined the position in the best interests of the country.

There are very good reasons Muslim tradition and customs are considered Medieval. Simply desiring them not so does not make it not so-regardless of what Foggy Bottom would like to believe. The PC infested mindset of th eAmerican oligarchy has cost the petro-dollar.

Thank you Hillary

Looney's picture

Oops! ;-)