[ Ed. note – The “accidental” airstrike against Syrian Army forces last Saturday raises some serious questions about who is really in control of the US government at this point. In the following article, Finian Cunningham argues that the US military has in essence usurped control over the campaign in Syria from the president. ]
By Finian Cunningham
A schism within US government has come spectacularly into the open, with the Pentagon and CIA militarists seemingly subverting the president’s authority over Syria policy.
This amounts to a brazen pulling of rank by the militarist elements within the US power structure over the civilian titular head of government. This power struggle came to light dramatically – if briefly – with the US air strike last weekend on the Syrian army base near Deir ez-Zor in which over 60 troops were killed.