US soldiers to Jordan … and Syria?

This video says about itself:

Jan 16, 2011

Jordanian activists protest Sunday against government economic policy that they blame for worsening economic conditions. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

By Richard Bagley:

US announces mission along Syrian border

Wednesday 10 October 2012

Washington poured fuel on the flames in Syria today when it revealed the deployment of hundreds of troops to neighbouring Jordan.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told Nato defence ministers that dozens of soldiers had already been sent into the Middle Eastern state “in order to deal with all the possible consequences of what’s happening in Syria.”

The mission began in May, when US troops on manoeuvres stayed behind to “build a headquarters there and to ensure that we make the relationship between the United States and Jordan a strong one,” Panetta said.

He added that dozens more troops had arrived in Jordan since then to bolster the mission.

While the US continues to claim that it has no intention of military intervention in the ongoing bloodshed in Syria, Pentagon press secretary George Little issued a statement today saying that “there are various scenarios in which the Assad regime’s reprehensible actions could affect our partners in the region.

Mr Panetta, you may not say so, but your “partners in the region”, the absolute monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and Jordan are at least as reprehensible as the Damascus regime.

“For this reason and many others, we are always working on our contingency planning, for which we consult with our friends.”

News of the US deployment comes after days of increasing tension along Syria’s northern border which has seen Ankara position firepower on its side.

The Turkish parliament gave the army the green light to launch attacks on Syrian territory after several of its citizens were killed by wayward ammunition aimed at rebel supply lines.

Panetta’s bombshell came hours after Turkish military chief General Necdet Ozel threatened to respond with “more force” if any wayward Syrian mortars land on the wrong side of the border.

Clashes continued today in the north of Syria, according to a Turkish media.

The NTV channel reported fighting over the border between 500 Syrian government troops and rebels.

A hundred injured rebels were said to have been ferried into Turkey.

NATO Headquarters: Pentagon Chief Confirms Deploying Troops To Jordan-Syria Border: here.

In preparation for wider war, Pentagon deploys task force in Jordan: here.

Turkish Warplanes Force Down Syrian Passenger Plane Leaving Moscow: here.

Turkey and Syria traded insults today after Ankara said a passenger plane it forced to land had contained “military equipment”: here.

Australian foreign minister suggests “assassination” of Syrian leaders: here.

11 thoughts on “US soldiers to Jordan … and Syria?

  1. It would not surprise me. I remember US army “advisors” in Vietnam not long after the Korean War was over. By the way. Did you know there was a earlier Korean War? I think it was back at the turn of the nineteenth century. I never knew about it until I saw a plaque about it in the US Naval Acadamy.


        • Hi, now I only know what Wikipedia says about the 1871 US-Korean war. Maybe later, if I will find additional information, I will write on it.

          Wikpedia also writes:

          The first documented use of “hermit” to refer to Korea is in the title of William Elliot Griffis’ 1882 book, Corea: The Hermit Nation. The writer of the book had never visited Korea, did not speak the language, and had no first-hand experience with the country. He supported the invasion and occupation of Korea by Japan, and in his works often attempted to prove the superiority of Japan. The publication of The Hermit Kingdom, and its circulation, particularly in North America, led to tacit approval of Japan’s incursions into Korea. It was used to justify Japanese actions by showing the Korean people as primitive, uncultured, unable to function internationally, and needing Japanese direction.

          The expression quickly gained currency in Western discussions of Korea. As early as Carpenter’s Geographical Reader of Asia (NY, American Book Company, 1897) reference is made to “the hermit nation” which is “largely controlled by Japan”. Comments are also made that “Koreans until lately have driven travelers away from their shores” and that “the United States…opened Korea to the rest of the world”.

          See also


      • Thanks for the link to the 1871 Korean War. If I remember correctly the plaque in the US Naval Military Acadamy said it was a war that took place in an estuary or river in Korea. Thanks again for the link. Wally


  2. Anti-semitic bomb attack suspects ‘had Syria links’

    Thursday 11 October 2012

    French prosecutor Francois Molins said today that the network of Islamists who carried out a grenade attack on a kosher grocery were planning to travel to Syria to join the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

    Five of 12 suspects arrested in a swoop last weekend have been released but the other seven remain in custody. Police said they discovered bomb-making materials thought to belong to the group in an underground car park on Wednesday.

    Mr Molins said the September 19 grenade attack in Sarcelles, which injured one, was “intended to kill” and the network could be the most dangerous established in France in over a decade.

    One suspect is believed to have co-ordinated trips for radical Islamists to join the Syrian uprising.





    Turkey’s war-jets forced down a civilian airliner, flying from Moscow to Damascus. Thirty-five Russians and Syrians were passengers. This aggressive act brings NATO another step closer to open war against Syria as part of an imperialist plan to take over the country.

    U.S. spokesperson Victoria Nuland immediately supported Turkey’s Oct. 10 act of air piracy. Some 150 U.S. special troops had moved into Syria’s southern neighbor, Jordan. On Oct. 9 NATO Secretary Gen. Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO would back up Turkey. The British, French and German governments also backed up Turkey and blamed Syria for the crisis.

    Turkey had continued shelling Syria, using as a pretext the charge that Syrian forces had launched mortars into Turkey a week earlier. To this day it is unclear who launched the mortars. It might well have been the counterrevolutionary rebels that the NATO countries and the Gulf oil monarchies have been arming all along.

    Turkey claimed there were weapons aboard the airliner, along with 17 Russian and 18 Syrian passengers, whose lives were endangered by the grounding. As of now Turkey has shown no evidence that weapons were aboard, nor did it in any case have the right to ground an airliner flying on a regular air lane. It underlines the seriousness of the war threat that Turkey risked its important trade and diplomatic relationships with Russia to make this aggressive move.

    It is important to look at who are the forces now threatening to intervene in Syria. The NATO powers are the former colonialist powers that carved up Africa and Asia, and dominated Latin America. Even the Netherlands — where Rasmussen is from — held Indonesia as a colony until after World War II. They still monopolize military and economic power in the world, they completely dominate the media and their 1% superrich are the exploiters of humanity. And they are making war to make new colonies out of sovereign states, with the U.S. leading the pack in the new colonial wars.

    While they pretend to be promoting “democracies,” NATO’s main allies in the Middle East are monarchies Jordanian monarchy. Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been financing the Syrian counterrevolution with their ruling family’s oil billions. NATO’s front line is militarist Turkey, whose troops will supply the main cannon fodder for the war against Syria.

    Each week the civil war in Syria grows closer to a regional war into which all the NATO powers will jump.

    Those anti-war forces that exist in the United States and the other NATO powers have the following responsibilities: to refuse to be swept up in the war propaganda that demonizes Syria and its leader; to argue and educate others to understand that people in their countries can only lose from an intervention against Syria; and to mobilize to stop the aggression from NATO by whatever steps are possible.


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