Deborah Lee James, secretary of the United States Air Force, admitted on Tuesday the end game for Syria: occupation and governing Syrians who have not fled to Europe.

James said “air power” (i.e., bombing) “can’t do everything” and it “cannot occupy territory and very importantly it cannot govern territory, this is where we need to have boots on the ground. We do need to have ground forces in this campaign.”

In other words, the plan is to occupy land of a sovereign nation, either with U.S. troops or proxies—“Free Syrians and the Kurds,” she said—and “govern” this captured land as the United States and its “partners” see fit.

According to the establishment’s Newspaper of Record, The New York Times, this is “a combined diplomatic and military approach to force President Bashar al-Assad to leave office and end the carnage.”

James did not mention the lack of carnage prior to the U.S. engineered “Arab Spring” and collusion by the United States and the Gulf Emirates along with Turkey to overthrow the Syrian government. Also omitted is the fact the U.S. planned to oust al-Assad as far back as 2006.

As we know, the DIA would prefer a “Salafist Principality” in Syria, in other words it will strive to impose an Islamic monarchical state governed by Salafist fanatics, that is to say Gulf Emirate-styled Wahhabism enforcing a strict and puritanical interpretation of Islam.

If successful—and with Russia now backing al-Assad, this seems increasingly unlikely—Syrians, or those remaining, can look toward Libya for a glimpse of the future.

After NATO and the United States defeated Muammar Gaddafi and had him murdered (Clinton: “We came, we saw, he died.”), the country descended into chaos as “rebels” of the Salafist variety fought against the new government and each other.

Prior to the invasion, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya boasted one of the highest standards of living in Africa. Now? Libya “is barely a country at all” where “an array of militias… terrorize the country’s 6m citizens, plunder what remains of the country’s wealth, ruin what little is left of its infrastructure, and torture and kill wherever they are in the ascendancy.”

This is essentially what Ms. James is talking about—the destruction and balkanization of Syria along ethnic and religious lines, creating a devastated country stripped of a large number of Syrians and those unfortunate enough to remain suffering under intolerant and murderous Salafist maniacs or, short of that, the artificial coalescence of small fiefdoms fighting between each other (see Libya) and terrorizing the population, or those who have not escaped to Germany to live on welfare.

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