March 26, 2014
John O. Brennan and the CIA are cultivating a new gambit in the ongoing effort to overthrow the Syrian government and install a regime more amenable to the West and the financial elite.
“We are concerned about the use of Syrian territory by the al-Qaeda organization to recruit individuals and develop the capability to be able not just to carry out attacks inside of Syria, but also to use Syria as a launching pad,” Brennan told a hearing before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in February. “There are camps inside of both Iraq and Syria that are used by al-Qaeda to develop capabilities that are applicable, both in the theater, as well as beyond.”
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said around 7,500 of the foreign mercenaries in Syria pose a domestic terror threat to the United States. “Among them are a small group of Af-Pak al-Qaeda veterans with aspirations of external attack in Europe, if not the homeland,” he said.
On Tuesday, The New York Times headlined the theory on its front page. “Syria is an appealing base for these operatives because it offers them the relative sanctuary of extremist-held havens — away from drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan — as well as ready access to about 1,200 American and European Muslims who have gone there to fight and could be potential recruits to carry out attacks when they return home. Senior counterterrorism officials have voiced fears in recent months that these Western fighters could be radicalized by the country’s civil war,” writes Eric Schmitt.
However, long before Brennan and Clapper made their ominous warnings in February and the Times launched its latest war propaganda effort, the United States, in collusion with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, moved to supplant the ineffectual Free Syrian Army with more ruthless Islamist groups capable of effectively battling the Syrian military, including al-Qaeda and al-Nusra. Radical Islamists now dominate the mercenary forces in Syria.