The Obama Doctrine: Lawless Imperial Aggression (Part II) by Stephen Lendman http://mostlywater.org/obama_doctrine_lawless_imperial_aggression_part_ii
Targeting Syria-Syrian uprisings began in mid-March. America's pack journalism wrongfully claimed security forces killed unarmed protesters, ignoring anti-government militants shooting at both sides, blaming President Assad for the carnage. Obama condemned the violence, accusing him of seeking Iranian help to brutalize his people. WikiLeaks cables, however, revealed secret State Department funding for opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV channel (London-based Barada TV) beaming anti-government programming into the country.
Financing began after the Bush administration cut ties with Damascus in 2005. In April 2009, a diplomatic Damascus cable said:"A reassessment of current US-sponsored programming that supports anti-(government) factions, both inside and outside Syria, may prove productive."In February 2006, Bush officials announced funding to "accelerate the work of reformers in Syria," meaning Western backed regime change elements. Covert CIA operatives are also involved, as well as the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and International Republican Institute (IRI),
supporting anti-democratic opposition groups throughout the region, including in Libya, Lebanon, Iran and Syria despite NED claiming "dedicat(ion) to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world....in more than 90 countries."In addition, Israel, Lebanon's anti-Syrian March 14 alliance, and the Saudi monarchy are involved. Last March, Haaretz writer Zvi Bar'el, in fact, discussed a plan to oust Assad, saying it allegedly "was formulated in 2008 by....Prince Bandar bin Sultan and Jeffrey Feltman,"
a veteran US regional diplomat, currently Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.Using unemployed youths, criminals, other young people, and media efforts, they've destabilized the country for months, instigating violence and stoking ethnic tensions either to depose Assad's regime or intimidate it to terminate relations with Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas. The strategy is to isolate regimes Washington and Israel oppose, then weaken and/or oust them separately or in combination.