The history of the United States meddling in the affairs of other countries is long and tawdry. We had success in some places, such as Greece, where we helped stem the tide of Communism. But the record in other places–e.g., Iran, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt–is tarnished at best. And what have we learned from our history? Not a damn thing. Clueless Obama, with the backing of Hillary, is moving ahead with our delusional desire to dictate who rules in Syria.

It is funny as hell to watch the news media spew its pomposity about Syria “murdering” its citizens and then, a short time later in the news programming, listen to praise surrounding the movie Lincoln and what a wonderful guy Lincoln was. See, we the victors (i.e., northerners), can re-write history and celebrate as a great triumph the Civil War, which cost the lives of 625,000 Americans. When we kill people it is okay because we know they are bad people and they deserve it. Understand?

Syria is now in the throes of a civil war and Assad, while using brutal tactics, is doing what any legitimate ruler would do–try to defend his government. But we have cast our lot with the jihadists. In fact, we are now backing Al Qaeda in Syria.

This is insane. Oh sure, Hillary’s State Department declared the al Nusra front as a foreign terrorist organization, but pay close attention to what the rest of the so-called Free Syria group declared:

But the leader of the coalition took issue with a decision by the Obama administration to classify Al Nusra Front — one of several armed groups fighting Mr. Assad — as a foreign terrorist organization and urged the United States to review that decision.

The coalition leader, Sheik Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, said, “The logic under which we consider one of the parts that fights against the Assad regime is a terrorist organization is a logic one must reconsider.”

He also said: “We love our country. We can differ with parties that adopt political ideas and visions different from ours. But we ensure that the goal of all rebels is the fall of the regime.”

We still have not learned the lessons of Chairman Mao–Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. Does not matter if al Nusra is a majority or minority among the Syria rebels. They have the guns.

The State Department says Jabhat al-Nusra (or the “Nusra Front”) is essentially a wing of Al Qaeda in Iraq, the jihadi group that flourished in Anbar Province after the US invaded to topple theBaathist regime of secular dictator Saddam Hussein. During the Iraqwar, Sunni Arab tribesmen living along the Euphrates in eastern Syria flocked to fight with the friends and relatives in the towns along the Euphrates river in Anbar Province.

The Nusra Front has gone from victory to victory in eastern Syria and has shown signs of both significant funding and greater military prowess than the average citizens’ militia, with veterans of fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya among its numbers.

The US of course aided the fight in Libya to bring down Muammar Qaddafi. In Afghanistan and Iraq, the chance to fight and kill Americans was the major drawing card.

We are enabling Al Qaeda’s ability to take control of a country that, despite its rocky record on human rights, still respects the rights of Christians, Shias and even Sunnis. And we replace it with what? We don’t have a damn clue.

Meddling in another country can be justified on the basis of creating more stability. But that’s not what Obama is doing. He and Hillary are doing the opposite. They are sowing the seeds for more war and chaos.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
  • Susan Bernard

    ” Assad, while using brutal tactics, is doing what any legitimate ruler would do–try to defend his government. ”

    Assad is a legitimate ruler? Really?

    You seem to forget how this all started. It started with months of peaceful demonstrations. Assad began arresting people and killing them. Sending 12 year old boys back to their mothera after they had been brutally torturedand murdered. It only turned violent when Assad started massacring his own people.

    I guess the justification of this kind of behavior by Larry Johnson could only come from the mind of an ex-central American CIA operative during the worst of times in that part of the world.

    The Assad regime will fall and America will have very little control of that. Unless of course Larry Johnson you are suggesting that America should support Assad’s brutal suppression of its people? Should we be sending in U.S. troops and aircraft to support Assad and attack the rebels?

  • APO_AE_09173

    If you don’t believe him look at Egypt and Morsi’s behavior. Shiria Law in Tunisia & Libya. Good work there Oblowhard.

  • Je Colon

    Larry, I always enjoyed your articles. I remember how many times you kick me out for being so “outspoken” about Hillary Clinton in the past. Even though I voted for her, I, too was deceived. Hillary Clinton sold out this country for power. Such as Obama has deceived the blacks and the white slave owner’s children which are now called “liberals”. But, as time will tell, Obama’s lustful crave will come to a surface and he will be seen as “a man”. Right now, the blacks see this man as their Savior, the hispanic seen him as their savior, and the ignorant whites see him as their savior. But, our Creator is a jealous Maker, and he will “soon” put a damaging scandal on this man’s record. A good example was Bill Clinton. He was seen as the “new savior” and he was “protected” by the same media that is protecting Obama. Did he not served 8 years? Even with all those women accusing him of vile behavior? Did not the Maker of this Universe rein him in “wealth and power”? Yes, but, then something happened. The Maker took this filthy man and put all his dirty linen out for everybody to see and I believe he will do the same with Obama. Obama has had an easy road in front of him. Birther report, Wnd, Exposeobama, and many other good blogs have done everything to destroy him with the truth and yet he won. And let us not forget the Rev Manning who is still screaming to his flock. Nope. Larry, it will take “a personal ” thing to destroy and remove Obama. Not scandals of Rice, or other topics that come up. It will take a secret film obtained by the secret services showing this President doing something against our country, speaking badly against our country or having lustful behaviors with someone. Nothing else will remove him. Remember, what we have said so many times. He works for the Prince of Air. And the Prince of Air dominates the Airwaves. A miracle of the Almighty is what we are waiting for because as long as this man is protect by the Airwaves- he will destroy America piece by piece.

  • TeakWoodKite

    Mission Acomplished…Way to go F troop.

    Chairman Mao

  • MG6

    Lol! And all the obots claiming how great Obamacare is, now look…

    Yeah, waking up from the koolaid haze!

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Just what we need, jihadis on Israel’s northern border. Perhaps we’ll get lucky and they’ll fight heretical Hezbollah instead of the Jews.

    • Fred82

      Don’t forget about the southwestern border. The Sinai, Egypt, and the rest of North Africa are looking more and more like jihadist Disneyland everyday.

      The more things change, the more sense al Qaida’s strategy seems to make.

      • Retired_from_SPOnaj

        Rather astute observation. A friend of mine in the arms trade commented recently on a rumor making the rounds that the head of Chadian intelligence wanted to acquire a couple of used C-130s. The alleged Chad intel chief supposedly said that he wanted them to “carry troops in operations against Chadian rebels down south.” I opined that the more likely heading was northeast, and the more likely cargo was lethal of Iranian manufacture.

  • MG6
  • Popsmoke
    • Fred82


      You do know that many of the neocon ideas regarding interventionism originated with the Lefties and the Progressives right?


    Japan scrambles jets when Chinese plane violates air space over Senkakus

    between the far east and the middle east, it seems like the whole world is on edge and holding their breath to see if a world wide war breaks out


    Full statement from Ambassador Susan Rice, removing her name from consideration for Secretary of State:

    afraid of the questions that will be asked about Benghazi??

  • Popsmoke

    All I want to know is who is really behind this stupidity? Obama and Hillary are calling the ball . But who is passing it to them?

    • FloridaFI

      My guess would be the GCC – the Gulf Cooperation Council.

  • foxyladi14

    great enlightening post Thank you Larry

  • KenoshaMarge

    When you have a people, that would be many of us, that think we know better about everything you end up with a bunch of meddling busybodies who have no idea of the consequences of their actions. They seem able to understand the concept that elections have consequences but not the concept that actions also do. Often in error, never in doubt.

    If Hillary and Oblahblah are the best and brightest we have…

    Fortunately for them they don’t have to be. All they have to be to win the adulation and acclamation of most of the public and most of the media is liberal.

    God help us all! And the poor people of Syria who will suffer the most because of an administration that hasn’t a clue.

    • elizabethrc

      I’d be interested to see a side by side comparison of a number of government agencies next to their counterparts in private industry. I’d like it to show the cost of the programs, number of employees and profit/loss for each and effectiveness in it’s primary function for each.

      • KenoshaMarge

        Private industry is answerable to its shareholders. Government agencies seem to answer to no one.

        And unlike private industry there is an unending flow of money from the suckers taxpayers no matter how badly they do business.

        • elizabethrc

          Hmmmm. I wonder if taxpayers can go on strike!

  • MG6

    So true bout Detriot….

    And WHERE is the bacon?!

  • Fred82


    When the MSM and the Obama administration were rushing to write al Qaida’s obituary, I couldn’t help but be highly skeptical of their claims.

    Now I can’t help but say I told you so!

    • Hokma

      He did say he had them on the run – – – – all the way to Syria.

      • TeakWoodKite

        He even gave ’em the bus fair and the bullets too.

  • buzzlatte3

    I never get the sense that Obama sticks to one plan for more than 30 seconds. Feckless leadership from all his minions doesn’t help. either. If the goal is to support other countries, the Obama Admin, on the surface, gets and F. It’s the subterfuge he supports in the US and abroad that needs to come to light. Executive orders and regulation, and being in cahoots with the UN, for example. JMHO.

    • elizabethrc

      I’ve always seen Obama has having a very uneven personality, maybe similar to ADD. Perhaps that’s why he golfs so much and vacations so much and throws so many parties. Maybe these distractions keep him from toppling emotionally from too much concentration on any one thing.
      That’s scary in a President.

      • MG6
      • buzzlatte3

        I tend to agree with Krauthammer that Obama is a full blown narcissist – that’s far scarier than ADD. He has no ability to see the other side of the coin or empathize. I believe he reacts unevenly because he only sees situations to how they will best give him the limelight or the political advantage. Hence, the twisting in the wind.

        • ctfsh

          One thing about full blown narcissists is they lack “object constancy” which would explain his inability to stick with a plan for more than 30 seconds.

          • buzzlatte3

            Yes, very true. Thanks!

  • Deapster

    Thank you Larry always for your keen insights and cut to the chase arguments. No nuance but often there is no need for that when the points made are so obvious.