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    “NATO Go Home!” | Thierry Meyssan


    For two decades, US troops have been imposing their law on the broader Middle East. Entire countries are now without a state to defend them. Populations have been subjected to the dictatorship of the Islamists. Mass murders have been committed. There have been famines as well.

    President Donald Trump has forced his generals to repatriate their soldiers, but the Pentagon intends to continue its work with NATO soldiers.

    President Trump will spend the last year of his first term in office
    bringing the Boys home. All U.S. troops stationed in the broader Middle
    East and Africa are expected to withdraw. However, this withdrawal of
    troops will in no way mean the end of US governance in these regions of
    the world. Quite the contrary.

    The Pentagon’s strategy

    Since 2001 – and this is one of the main reasons for the 9/11 attacks – the United States has secretly adopted the strategy outlined by Donald Rumsfeld and Admiral Arthur Cebrowski. This strategy was mentioned in the Army Review by Colonel Ralf Peters two days after the attacks [1] and confirmed five years later by the publication of the staff map of the new Middle East [2]. It was detailed by Admiral Cebrowski’s assistant, Thomas Barnett, in a popular book The Pentagon’s New Map [3].

    Arrival at the Atlantic Council of the Supreme Commander of the United States Forces for Europe and Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Alliance, General Tod D. Wolters (Brussels, February 12, 2020). Arrival of General Tod Wolters (Supreme Allied Commander Europe)

    It is about adapting the missions of the US armies to a new form of capitalism giving primacy to Finance over Economics. The world must be divided in two. On the one hand, stable states integrated into globalization (which includes Russia and China); on the other, a vast area of exploitation of raw materials. This is why the state structures of the countries in this zone must be considerably weakened, ideally by destroying them and preventing their resurgence by all means.

    This “constructive chaos”, as Condoleeza Rice put it, should not be confused with the homonymous rabbinic concept, even though the supporters of the theopolitics have done everything in their power to do so. It is not a question of destroying a bad order in order to rebuild a better one, but of destroying all forms of human organization in order to prevent any form of resistance and to allow transnationals to exploit this area without political constraints. It is therefore a colonial project in the Anglo-Saxon sense of the term (not to be confused with a colonization of settlement).

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    According to this map, taken from a Powerpoint by Thomas P.
    M. Barnett at a conference at the Pentagon in 2003, all state structures
    in the dewy zone must be destroyed.

    In beginning to implement this strategy, President George Bush Jr. spoke of a “war without end. Indeed, it is no longer a question of winning wars and defeating opponents, but of making them last as long as possible, “a century” he said. In fact, this strategy has been applied in the “Broader Middle East” – an area stretching from Pakistan to Morocco and covering the entire CentCom theatre of operations and the northern part of the AfriCom theatre of operations. In the past, the IMs guaranteed US access to oil from the Persian Gulf (Carter doctrine).

    Today, they are present in an area four times larger and aim to overturn any form of order. The state structures of Afghanistan since 2001, Iraq since 2003, Libya since 2011, Syria since 2012 and Yemen since 2015 are no longer capable of defending their citizens. Contrary to official discourse, there has never been any question of overthrowing governments, but rather of destroying states and preventing their reconstitution.

    For example, the situation of the people of Afghanistan did not improve with the fall of the Taliban 19 years ago, but is getting worse and worse by the day. The only counter-example could be that of Syria, which, in accordance with its historical tradition, has kept its state despite the war, absorbed the blows, and although ruined today, has weathered the storm.

    It should be noted in passing that the Pentagon has always considered
    Israel as a European state and not as a Middle Eastern state. It is
    therefore not affected by this vast upheaval.

    In 2001, the enthusiastic Colonel Ralf Peters assured that ethnic
    cleansing “it works! “(sic), but that the laws of war forbade the USA to
    carry it out itself. Hence the transformation of Al-Qaeda and the
    creation of Daesh, which did for the Pentagon what it wanted but could
    not undertake publicly.

    To understand the Rumsfeld/Cebrowski strategy, it should be
    distinguished from the “Arab Spring” operation, imagined by the British
    on the model of the “Great Arab Revolt”. The idea was to put the Muslim
    Brotherhood in power, just as Lawrence of Arabia had put the Brotherhood
    of the Wahhabites in power in 1915.

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    The official, albeit not publicly assumed, objective of the
    U.S. General Staff: to blow up the borders of the Middle East, to
    destroy both enemy and friendly states, to practice ethnic cleansing.

    Westerners in general have no vision of the broader Middle East as a geographical region. They know only certain countries and perceive them as isolated from each other. In this way, they convince themselves that the tragic events that these peoples are enduring are all due to special reasons, in some cases civil war, in others the overthrow of a bloodthirsty dictator.

    For each country, they have a well-written history of the reason for the tragedy, but they never have one to explain that the war lasts beyond that, and they certainly do not want to be asked about it. Each time, they denounce the “carelessness of the Americans” who could not end the war, forgetting that they rebuilt Germany and Japan after the Second World War. They refuse to acknowledge that for two decades the United States has been implementing a pre-stated plan at the cost of millions of lives. They therefore never see themselves as responsible for these massacres.

    The United States itself denies that it is pursuing this strategy
    with regard to its citizens. For example, the inspector general
    investigating the situation in Afghanistan wrote a report lamenting the
    countless missed opportunities for the Pentagon to bring peace when
    precisely the Pentagon did not want peace.

    The Russian intervention

    In order to pulverize all the states of the broader Middle East, the
    Pentagon organized an absurd regional civil war in the manner it had
    invented the pointless war between Iraq and Iran (1980-88). Eventually
    President Saddam Hussein and Ayatollah Khomeini realized that they were
    killing each other for nothing and made peace against the West.

    This time it was the opposition between Sunnis and Shiites. On one
    side, Saudi Arabia and its allies, and on the other, Iran and its
    allies. It does not matter whether Wahhabi Saudi Arabia and Khomeini
    Iran fought together under NATO command during the war in
    Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992-95), or whether many troops of the “Axis of
    Resistance” are not Shiite (100% of the Palestinians of Islamic Jihad,
    70% of the Lebanese, 90% of the Syrians, 35% of the Iraqis and 5% of the
    Iranians).

    No one knows why these two camps are fighting each other, but they are asked to bleed each other.

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    One third of the populations of the Shia Axis of Resistance are not Shia.

    In any case, in 2014, the Pentagon was preparing to recognise two new
    states in accordance with its map of objectives: “Free Kurdistan”
    (fusion of the Syrian Rojava and the Kurdish Governorate of Iraq to
    which part of Iran and all of eastern Turkey were to be added at a later
    date) and “Sunnistan” (composed of the Sunni part of Iraq and eastern
    Syria). By destroying four states, the Pentagon paved the way for a
    chain reaction that would in turn destroy the entire region.

    Russia then intervened militarily and enforced the borders of the
    Second World War. It goes without saying that these are arbitrary,
    stemming from the Sykes-Picot-Sazonov agreements of 1915, and sometimes
    difficult to bear, but changing them by blood is even less acceptable.

    The Pentagon’s communication has always pretended to ignore what was
    at stake. Both because it does not publicly assume the
    Rumsfeld/Cebrowski strategy and because it equates the Crimea’s
    accession to the Russian Federation with a coup de force.

    The moult of supporters of the Rumsfeld/Cebrowski strategy

    After two years of fierce fighting against President Trump, the general officers of the Pentagon, almost all of whom were personally trained by Admiral Cebrowski, submitted to him under conditions. They agreed not to  

    • create a terrorist state (Sunnistan or Caliphate);
    • change borders by force;
    • maintaining US troops on the battlefields of the Broader Middle East and Africa.

    In exchange, they ordered their loyal prosecutor Robert Mueller, whom
    they had already used against Panama (1987-89), Libya (1988-92) and in
    the 9/11 attacks (2001), to bury his investigation into Russiagate.

    Then everything unfurled as smoothly as a player piano roll.

    On 27 October 2019, President Trump ordered the execution of Caliph
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the main military figure in the Sunni camp. Two
    months later, on January 3, 2020, he ordered the execution of Iranian
    General Qassem Soleimani, the main military figure of the Axis of
    Resistance.

    Having thus shown that he remained the master of the game by
    eliminating the most symbolic personalities of both sides, claiming it,
    and without incurring any significant retaliation, Secretary of State
    Mike Pompeo revealed the final scheme on January 19 in Cairo. He plans
    to pursue the Rumsfeld/Cebrowski strategy no longer with the US armies,
    but with those of NATO, including Israel and the Arab countries.

    On the 1st of February, Turkey made its break with Russia official by
    assassinating four FSB officers in Idleb. Then President Erdogan went
    to Ukraine to chant the motto of the Banderists (the Ukrainian
    legionnaires of the Third Reich against the Soviets) with the Ukrainian
    National Guard and receive the head of the International Islamist
    Brigade (the anti-Russian Tatars), Mustafa Djemilev (known as “Mustafa
    Kırımoğlu”).

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    Opening remarks by NATO Secretary General

    The North Atlantic Council acknowledges the deployment of NATO trainers to the Broader Middle East (Brussels, 13 February 2020).

    On February 12 and 13, the Defence Ministers of the Atlantic Alliance
    noted the inevitable withdrawal of US forces and the forthcoming
    dissolution of the International Coalition Against Daesh. While
    stressing that they were not deploying fighting troops, they agreed to
    send their soldiers to train those of the Arab armies, i.e. to supervise
    the fighting on the ground.

    NATO trainers will be deployed primarily to Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq. For example:

    •  Libya will be encircled in the west and east. The two rival governments of Fayez el-Sarraj -supported by Turkey, Qatar and already 5,000 jihadists from Syria via Tunisia- and Marshal Khalifa -supported by Egypt and the Emirates- will be able to kill each other forever. Germany, happy to regain the international role it has been deprived of since the Second World War, will play the gadfly by talking about peace to cover the moans of the dying.
    •  Syria will be surrounded on all sides. Israel is already a de facto member of the Atlantic Alliance and bombs whoever it wants whenever it wants. Jordan is already NATO’s “best global partner”. King Abdullah II came to Brussels on January 14th for lengthy talks with the Secretary General of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, and attended a meeting of the Atlantic Council. Israel and Jordan already have permanent offices at Alliance Headquarters. Iraq will also receive NATO trainers, although its parliament has just voted to withdraw foreign troops. Turkey is already a member of the Alliance and controls northern Lebanon through the Jamaa Islamiya . Together, they will be able to enforce the US ’Caesar’ law forbidding any company from anywhere to help in the reconstruction of this country.

    Thus, the pillaging of the wider Middle East, which began in 2001,
    will continue. The martyred populations of this region, whose only fault
    is to have been divided, will continue to suffer and die en masse. The
    United States will keep its soldiers at home, warm and innocent, while
    the Europeans will have to take responsibility for the crimes of the US
    generals.

    According to President Trump, the Alliance could change its name to
    NATO-Middle East (NATO-MO/NATO-ME). Its anti-Russian function would take
    a back seat to its strategy of destroying the non-globalized zone.

    The question arises as to how Russia and China will react to this redistribution of the cards. China needs access to raw materials from the Middle East in order to develop. It should therefore oppose this Western takeover even though its military preparation is still incomplete. On the contrary, Russia and its huge territory are self-sufficient.

    Moscow has no material reason to fight. The Russians may even be relieved by NATO’s new orientation. It is likely, however, that, for spiritual reasons, they will not let Syria down and may support other peoples in the wider Middle East.

    Thierry Meyssan is a political consultant, President-founder of the Réseau Voltaire (Voltaire Network). Latest work in English – Before Our Very Eyes, Fake Wars and Big Lies: From 9/11 to Donald Trump, Progressive Press, 2019.

    Translation: Roger Lagassé

    [1] “Stability, America’s Ennemy”, Ralph Peters, Parameters, Winter 2001-02, pp. 5-20. Reproduit in Beyond Terror : Strategy in a Changing World, Stackpole Books.

    [2] “Blood borders – How a better Middle East would look”, Colonel Ralph Peters, Armed Forces Journal, June 2006.

    [3] The Pentagon’s New Map, Thomas P.M. Barnett, Putnam Publishing Group, 2004.

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