Avoiding the Failure of Libya: US Strategy in Syria

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September 27, 2015

By Stephen Gowans

While Washington toppled a resource nationalist in Libya who annoyed US oil companies, it failed to install a successor government in a stable environment in which US interests could be effectively advanced. US policy in Syria emphasizes “an orderly political transition” in which Arab nationalists vacate the Syrian state, yielding to anti-nationalist US marionettes. The political transition is to be brought about by proxies, militant jihadists, who the United States and its allies will strengthen enough to weaken and dispirit the current government in Damascus but not enough to topple it and plunge the country into a Libya-style chaos.

Washington’s strategy in Syria is an implicit admission that its direct military interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya have failed to bring about its desired foreign policy objectives of establishing stable conditions in which pro-US regimes can carry out policies to advance Wall Street’s economic…

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One Response to Avoiding the Failure of Libya: US Strategy in Syria

  1. beetleypete says:

    Sabre-rattling in Britain, at the behest of our American overlords will surely only result in one thing. A war against Syria by the western powers, to instigate ‘regime change’ once again in the region. They should be very careful what they wish for…
    Best wishes, Pete.

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