US military provided Assad with intel on extremists via Russia, Israel & Germany in defiance of Obama because they fear his agenda will bring chaos
A new investigation in the London Review of Books by renowned American journalist Seymour M. Hersh exposes the divide between the US top brass and the politicians in the White House when it comes to dealing with Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq.
It seems the US JCS isn’t enthusiastic about Obama’s “Assad must go” maxima, opting to provide Damascus with intelligence and analytics on the jihadists instead. This is, however, done indirectly, an unidentified former senior adviser to the Joint Chiefs told Hersh.
In summer 2013, a highly classified report prepared by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the JCS assessed that ousting President Assad would create chaos in the country, making it an easy prey for Islamic extremists.
By that time, the CIA had been delivering weapons from Libyan arms depots to Syria via Turkey for over a year. This began soon after the assassination of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, writes Hersh.
The arms were handed to any group opposing Assad’s military, including Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State. The so-called ‘moderate rebels’ had “evaporated and the Free Syrian Army was a rump group stationed at an airbase in Turkey,” the source told the journalist. The US military assessment was realistic: moderate opposition to Assad is a myth and the US was arming Islamic extremists.
The DIA’s former head, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, recalled the report “got enormous pushback” from the Obama administration, which “did not want to hear the truth.”
“If the American public saw the intelligence we were producing daily, at the most sensitive level, they would go ballistic,”Flynn said.
“The JCS believed that Assad should not be replaced by fundamentalists,” the former JCS adviser told Hersh.
Under the circumstances, the US military realized that a direct challenge to Obama’s policy was doomed to failure, so the Pentagon’s, General Martin Dempsey, allegedly decided to oppose the extremists without using “political channels.”
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