by Jay Syrmopoulos, The Free Thought Project:
While the security services of the United States, United Kingdom, and France have played a pivotal role, Saudi Arabia is the ultimate driving force behind the push for regime change in Syria.
Washington, D.C. – A revealing report by the Foreign Policy Journal from 2016 lays the groundwork for explaining many of the geopolitical manifestations we are currently seeing at play between the triumvirate of the United States, United Kingdom and France, and Russia—and how it relates directly to the Saudi role in the ongoing Syria regime change operation.
An internal cable from within the Saudi Arabian government, released by WikiLeaks in the summer of 2015 as part of “The Saudi Cables” explained that the Kingdom feared Russian intervention and Syrian retaliation, but was set on Assad’s violent ouster “by all means available,” even if U.S. support waivers for “lack of desire.” Furthermore, Saudi Arabia miscalculated that the “Russian position” of preserving the Assad government “will not persist in force.”
Below is an excerpt of the Saudi cable:
“The fact must be stressed that in the case where the Syrian regime is able to pass through its current crisis in any shape or form, the primary goal that it will pursue is taking revenge on the countries that stood against it, with the Kingdom and some of the countries of the Gulf coming at the top of the list. If we take into account the extent of this regime’s brutality and viciousness and its lack of hesitancy to resort to any means to realize its aims, then the situation will reach a high degree of danger for the Kingdom, which must seek by all means available and all possible ways to overthrow the current regime in Syria. As regards the international position, it is clear that there is a lack of ‘desire’ and not a lack of ‘capability’ on the part of Western countries, chief among them the United States, to take firm steps…”
By all measures, the Russian military’s intervention in Syria has been a resounding success for the Assad government and staved off the forces set loose upon the Syrian government by Saudi Arabia and its numerous terror proxies—one of which is Jaysh al-Islam—the Islamist rebel group that was holding Douma when the alleged chemical attack blamed on the Assad government took place.
Without question, the Syrian government, while not in control of all the physical territory of Syria, has essentially won the war—although the United States and Kurd proxies hold vast swaths of land that hold oil, gas and water resources vital to the rebuilding of a contiguous Syrian state.
So let’s rewind to November of 2017. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, widely known as MBS, ordered the mass arrest and detention at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton of more than 300 Saudi princes and business leaders. The move was widely touted as a way to recover billions in lost revenue—but largely served as a means of consolidating power due to his recent unexpected succession to the throne. Although the Saudi government claimed the accusations of brutality were “absolutely untrue,” shares in several Saudi-owned enterprises plummeted.
To bolster his legitimacy, MBS undertook a major “charm offensive” in an attempt to prime the U.S. market for the upcoming initial public offering (IPO) of Saudi state oil company Aramco, which experts predict will have a valuation in the range of $1 trillion to $2 trillion. The sale of a 5 percent stake in the company could take place at the end of 2018 or early 2019, depending on market conditions, Prince Mohammed told Reuters in an interview.
A leaked 36-page document copy of MBS’ itinerary, revealed by The Independent in an exclusive report, detailed the list of power-elite the Saudi leader has met or is expected to meet with:
On Tuesday alone in New York City, the prince is believed to have met with former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, ex-president Bill and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, New York state senator Chuck Schumer, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres and businessman and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Other notable media meetings include dinner with The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, Rupert Murdoch, the head of The Atlantic’s editorial board Jeffrey Goldberg, meetings with the editorial boards of The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle, as well as interviews with Time and Vanity Fair.
Current government officials on MBS’s schedule include CIA director (and nominee for new US secretary of state) Mike Pompeo, vice president Mike Pence, senior advisor and unofficial Middle East envoy Jared Kushner, national security adviser HR McMaster and defence secretary James Mattis…
He is also meeting past luminaries such as Barack Obama, John Kerry, Gen David Petraeus and Condoleezza Rice, as well as paying a visit to George W Bush’s Texas ranch.
Other notable meets outside of politics include Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Tim Cook of Apple and the CEOs of Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Uber, the Walt Disney Company and Lockheed Martin.