Did the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff indirectly provide Syrian military with intelligence on ISIS fearing the Obama administration’s agenda to oust Bashar Assad would engender total chaos in Syria?
That's what a a new investigation by renowned American journalist Seymour M. Hersh is reporting. According to one article sharing this military news, "The investigative journalist says Pentagon leaders conducted a secret alliance with Assad and Putin to undermine Obama."
Hersh's investigation revealed that President Obama’s top military commander secretly orchestrated intelligence sharing with military leaders in Germany, Israel and Russia to thwart the president’s policy to remove Bashar Assad from power in Syria and lay the groundwork for Russia’s military entrance into the Syrian civil war, because he believed Obama’s anti-ISIS strategies were hopelessly misguided.
His investigation exposes the divide between the US top brass and the politicians in the White House when it comes to dealing with Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq.
Whether or not that investigation is revealing the truth depends on who you are speaking with.
Hersh quotes Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012 to '14, who said of the White House, “They did not want to hear the truth.”
So the Joint Chiefs, under General Martin Dempsey, found a way around the president. Hersh writes, “The Joint Chiefs felt that a direct challenge to Obama’s policy would have ‘had a zero chance of success.’ So in the autumn of 2013 they decided to take steps against the extremists without going through political channels, by providing US intelligence to the militaries of other nations, on the understanding that it would be passed on to the Syrian army and used against the common enemy, Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State.”
Those nations were Germany, Israel and Russia, which all had reasons for cooperating with Assad. “Germany feared what might happen among its own population of six million Muslims if Islamic State expanded; Israel was concerned with border security; Russia had an alliance of very long standing with Syria, and was worried by the threat to its only naval base on the Mediterranean, at Tartus.”
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