Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

June 18, 2019

Fact-checking Max Blumenthal

Filed under: Syria — louisproyect @ 10:33 pm

From page 156 of “The Management of Savagery”:

In September 2012, the Times of London reported that “a Libyan ship carrying the largest consignment of weapons for Syria since the uprising began has docked in Turkey and most of its cargo is making its way to rebels on the front lines.” The shipment, which included SAM-7 surface-to-air missiles and rocket-propelled grenades, was likely a part of a wider CIA operation to arm Syria’s rebels.

Reading this would give you the impression that the CIA was funneling SAM-7 missiles to Syrian rebels. It is entirely possible that there were SAM-7 missiles on the ship but contrary to Blumenthal’s account, the CIA would have made sure that none of them would get past the border into Syria.

The Wall Street Journal reported just one month after the London Times article cited above:

U.S. officials say they are most worried about Russian-designed Manpads provided to Libya making their way to Syria. The U.S. intensified efforts to track and collect man-portable missiles after the 2011 fall of the country’s longtime strongman leader, Moammar Gadhafi.

To keep control of the flow of weapons to the Syrian rebels, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar formed a joint operations room early this year in a covert project U.S. officials watched from afar.

The U.S. has limited its support of the rebels to communications equipment, logistics and intelligence. But U.S. officials have coordinated with the trio of countries sending arms and munitions to the rebels. The Pentagon and CIA ramped up their presence on Turkey’s southern border as the weapons began to flow to the rebels in two to three shipments every week.

In July, the U.S. effectively halted the delivery of at least 18 Manpads sourced from Libya, even as the rebels pleaded for more effective antiaircraft missiles to counter regime airstrikes in Aleppo, people familiar with that delivery said.


  1. All’s well that ends well. Great win for President Assad in end. Clerical fascists? Not good idea to back them. Nice if the capitalist French and Americans would rebuild Syria’s cities, though.

    Comment by halborn — June 18, 2019 @ 10:41 pm

  2. Your genocide plan in Syria failed and now is exposed. Get over it.

    Comment by Foxbat — June 18, 2019 @ 11:46 pm

  3. What kind of drooling imbecile are you? I am making a point about the CIA blocking the shipments of MANPAD’s to Syria. Are you so stupid that you can’t even defend Blumenthal’s lies? Maybe you should go back and finish high school.

    Comment by louisproyect — June 18, 2019 @ 11:52 pm

  4. Foxbat, you cunning linguist!

    Shame that YOUR genocide plan did succeed under your Uber Sadistic Butcher Assad!

    Comment by Reza — June 18, 2019 @ 11:55 pm

  5. The worst enemy of the left in the U.S., after the self-anointed “electable” liberal wing of the Democratic Party, is the gibbering rabble that to be on the left. Read the Counterpunch comments page on Facebook if you don’t believe me.

    Blumenthal may be merely mercenary, but the freaks who lap this shit up are insane.

    The worst thing that can be laid at the feet of the Russians as far as the USA is concerned is their success in providing these nutcases with the delusions they require. How funny the Dugins of this world must find these clowns.

    I wonder if Management is a best-seller yet. God I hope not–but if it is, Blumenthal will have become that most iconic of American folk heroes, the maverick millionnaire. Hoo-wah and up the revolution. Cain’t argya with they-at, now cain ye?

    Comment by Farans Kalosar — June 19, 2019 @ 12:30 am

  6. that to be=that claim to be

    Comment by Farans Kalosar — June 19, 2019 @ 12:31 am

  7. Halborn, you are a total schmuck. I posted an article making the case that the CIA blocked the Syrian rebels from receiving weapons that could have defeated Assad 7 years ago and you don’t have the IQ to even challenge what I wrote above. Maybe you need to go back and finish high school as well.

    Comment by louisproyect — June 19, 2019 @ 1:21 am

  8. “Clerical fascists? Not good idea to back them.”

    Halborn, I know you’re a troll but still … you are right.

    It’s just that Assad was backed to the hill by the real clerical fascists, the Islamic Republic! What part of the alliance between Assad and a REAL clerical fascistic state escapes you?

    Comment by Reza — June 19, 2019 @ 1:44 am

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