2 minutes of truth about US intervention in Syria from Jeffrey Sachs. Sachs is a renowned Columbia University professor and career Harvard academic who has won numerous awards and serves as special economic adviser to the U.N.
Sachs told the MSNBC panel:
We know they sent in the CIA to overthrow Assad. The CIA and Saudi Arabia together in covert operations tried to overthrow Assad. It was a disaster.
Eventually it brought in both ISIS as a splinter group to the jihadists that went in, it also brought in Russia.
So we have been digging deeper and deeper and deeper. What we should do now is get out, and not continue to throw missiles, not have a confrontation with Russia…
In the full interview, Sachs went on to summarize:
This happened because of us… We started a war to overthrow a regime. It was covert… a major war effort, shrouded in secrecy, never debated by Congress, never explained to the American people… And this created chaos, and so just throwing more missiles in right now is not a response.
He also insisted in the full segment:
This is the CIA, this is the Pentagon, wanting to keep Iran and Russia out of Syria. But no way to do that. And so we have made a proxy war in Syria. It’s killed 500,000 people, displaced 10 million. And I’ll say – predictably so.