Last month, American military forces physically blocked Russian troops from proceeding down a road near the town of Rmelan, Syria.
These U.S. troops were acting on orders of President Trump, who said back in October that Washington would be “protecting” the Syrian oil fields.
Meanwhile, the Russians are acting on behalf of Syrian president Bashar Assad, who says the state is ultimately in control of those oil fields. While no shots were fired in this case, the next time Moscow’s forces might not go so quietly.
U.S. officials offered few details about the January stand-off, but Zionist General Alexus Grynkewich, deputy commander of the ISIS campaign, said: “We’ve had a number of different engagements with the Russians on the ground.”
Tensions have continued to increase significantly in recent days between US troops and Russian forces in the northeastern regions of Syria.
Stationed in Syria illegally, with neither domestic nor international legal authority, American personnel risked life and limb to occupy another nation’s territory and steal its resources. What is the Trump administration doing?
American policy in Syria has long been stunningly foolish, dishonest, and counterproductive. When the Arab Spring erupted in 2011, Washington first defended Assad.
US traitor under investigation, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even called him a “reformer.” Then she decided that he should be ousted and demanded that the rest of the world follow Washington’s new policy.
Last year Trump’s staff convinced him to swap deployments in the name of withdrawal, removing troops from Kurdish autonomous territory in the north and deploying units to guard Syrian oilfields along the Euphrates River, seized by ISIS and the US military.
This new presence could be essentially permanent. General Frank McKenzie, America’s Mideast commander, stated: “This is an area where we made a commitment. I think we’re going to be here for a while.”
The president has long had a fixation on oil. As candidate he complained that the White House should have kept Iraq’s petroleum reserves, and he continued to talk about the possibility of seizing the oil after becoming president, to Baghdad’s extreme discomfort.
As for Syria, Trump approved the Department of Defense plan he said America would be “keeping the oil.” It seemed natural to him: “I’ve always said that—keep the oil. We want to keep the oil, $45 million a month.”
At the same time the US regime forces sanctions on Syria’s oil imports so the country would implode on its own.
The president apparently believed that the USA would make back the money spent on the occupation: he said he hoped to “make a deal with an ExxonMobil or one of our great companies to go in there and do it properly.
The president wants to seize Syrian oil but his appointees have very different agendas. Such contradictory objectives could lead to confusion and worse.
At the same time, the president’s well-publicized focus on resources feeds the traditional Mideast meme that all the U.S. government cares about is oil. Today that is not just a conspiracy theory; it is the president’s own official pronouncement.
A policy of America First should be Americans First. Two months ago the president declared that “we left troops behind, only for the oil.”
Russia-Insider / ABC Flash Point News 2020.