Tuesday, May 28, 2019

US Doling Out $75 Million to Further Destabalize Syria

Source: Moon of Alabama

U.S. Government Seeks NGO Help For Removing Iran From Syria

May 28, 2019

The U.S.Department of State is offering a grant of $75,000,000 to non-government-organizations to help it to further meddle in Syria.

The grant SFOP0005916 - Supporting Local Governance and Civil Society in Syria will go to "Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education".

The task description is quite interesting as the NGOs which will eventually get the grant will have to commit to counter one of Syria's military allies:

The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to advance the following U.S. Government policy objectives in Syria:

Ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS and counter violent extremism, including other extremist groups in Syria; Achieve a political solution to the Syrian conflict under the auspices of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2254; and, End the presence of Iranian forces and proxies in Syria.

The Department of State's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) aims to advance these policy objectives by supporting the following assistance objectives:

Strengthen responsive and credible governance and civil society entities to capably serve and represent communities liberated from ISIS. Advance a political solution to the Syrian conflict under the auspices of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2254; and, Counter extremism and disinformation perpetuated by Iranian forces, designated terrorist organizations, and other malign actors through support for local governance actors and civil society organizations.

The operational field for the grant is not only the Syrian northeast which U.S. troops currently occupy, but also the al-Qaeda infested Idleb governorate as well as all government controlled areas.

The related Funding Opportunity Description (available through the above link) does not explain what an NGO could do to advance the highlighted U.S. government goals.

Work on the three year project is supposed to start on January 1 2020. It must be applied for by August 2 2019.


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The American College of National Security leaders has sent this message to President Trump, urging him to NOT go to war with Iran:

Dear Mr. President,

We write to you to express our deep concern with the current escalation with Iran in the Arabian Gulf. The mutual animosity between the United States and Iran, the accelerated deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the region, and reports of Iranian preparations for attacks on U.S. military and diplomatic facilities are highly concerning and make for a potentially deadly confrontation. A war with Iran, either by choice or miscalculation, would produce dramatic repercussions in an already destabilized Middle East and drag the United States into another armed conflict at immense financial, human, and geopolitical cost.

As national security professionals with extensive careers in the U.S. armed forces and diplomatic service, we have witnessed first-hand how quickly disputes can spiral out of control. The lack of direct communication between U.S. and Iranian political and military leaders during a time of heightened rhetoric only increases the possibility of a miscalculation resulting in unintended military conflict. Washington and Tehran are talking past each other and taking actions the other views as dangerously provocative at best and the beginning of forceful action at worst.

We were heartened by your reported desire to avoid war with Iran in favor of other tools, including common-sense diplomacy. While economic sanctions against Iran have had the beneficial effect of reducing financial support for Hezbollah in Lebanon, these, as well as military threats against Iran have thus far proved ineffective in changing the regime's behavior and have likely reaffirmed the beliefs of Tehran's hardline elements that compromise with the United States is impossible.

As President and Commander-in-Chief, you have considerable power at your disposal to immediately reduce the dangerous levels of regional tension. Crisis de-escalation measures should be established with the Iranian leadership at the senior levels of government as a prelude to exploratory diplomacy on matters of mutual concern. The protection of U.S. national interests in the Middle East and the safety of our friends and allies requires thoughtful statesmanship and aggressive diplomacy rather than unnecessary armed conflict.


Rear Adm. Sandy Adams, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender, U.S. Army (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Ricardo Aponte, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Vice Adm. Donald Arthur, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Donna Barbisch, U.S. Army (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Roosevelt Barfield, U.S. Army (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc, U.S. Army (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Cheney, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Julia Cleckley, U.S. Army (ret.) | Ambassador Herman J. Cohen (ret.) | Rear Adm. Christopher Cole, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Peter Cooke, U.S. Army (ret.) | Vice Adm. Dirk Debbink, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Brig. Gen. James H. Doty Jr, U.S. Army (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, U.S. Army (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Mari K Eder, U.S. Army (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Robert J. Felderman, U.S. Army (ret.) | Vice Adm. Michael Franken, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Lt. Gen. Walter Gaskin, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Robert A. Glacel, U.S. Army (ret.) | Rear Adm. Stephen Glass, JAGC, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Vice Adm. Kevin P. Green, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Richard S. Haddad, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Irv Halter, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Rear Adm. Jan Hamby. U.S. Navy (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Bob Harding, U.S. Army (ret.) | Rear Adm. Charles Harr, MD, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Rear Adm. Len Hering, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Donald D. Harvel, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Major General Sanford E. Holman, U.S. Army (ret.) | Ambassador Richard Holwill, (ret.) | Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, (ret.) | Ambassador Cameron Hume, (ret.) | Brig. Gen. David R. Irvine, U.S. Army (ret.) | Lt. Gen. Arlen D. Jameson, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Ambassador Dennis Jett, (ret.) | Brig. Gen. John H. Johns, U.S. Army (ret.) | Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, (ret.) | Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, U.S. Army (ret.) | Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich, U.S. Army (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Steven J. Lepper, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Phil Leventis, U.S. Army (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Donald Loranger, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Randy Manner, U.S. Army (ret.) | Ambassador Edward Marks, (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Frederick H. Martin, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Carlos E. Martinez, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Mr. J. R. McBrien, Senior Executive Service, Treasury (ret.) | Lt. Gen. John W. Morgan III, U.S. Army (ret.) | Maj. Gen. David Morris, U.S. Army (ret.) | Adm. John Nathman, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Brig. Gen. J. Scott O’Meara, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) | Rear Adm. David Oliver, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Eric T. Olson, U.S. Army (ret.) | Ambassador Richard G. Olson, (ret.) | Lt. Gen. Charles P. Otstott, U.S. Army (ret.) | Rear Adm. Glenn Phillips, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Phillips, U.S. Army (ret.) | Maj. Gen. John Phillips, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock, U.S. Army (ret.) | Ambassador Charles Ray, (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Ronald Rokosz, U.S. Army (ret.) | Brig. Gen. John M. Schuster, U.S. Army (ret.) | Rear Adm. Joe Sestak, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Paul Smith, U.S. Army (ret.) | Rear Adm. Michael E. Smith, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Francis X. Taylor, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Maj. Gen. F. Andrew Turley, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Ambassador Edward Walker, (ret.) | Brig. Gen. George Walls, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) | Brig. Gen. John Watkins, U.S. Army (ret.) | Lt. Gen. Willie Williams, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Dan Woodward, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Stephen N. Xenakis, U.S. Army (ret.) | Maj. Gen. David T. Zabecki, U.S. Army (ret.) |

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