9/11 was the neoconservatives “new Pearl Harbor” that they wrote they needed in order to launch their wars in the Middle East. George W. Bush’s first Secretary of the Treasury said that the topic of Bush’s first cabinet meeting was the invasion of Iraq. This was prior to 9/11. In other words, Washington’s wars in the Middle East were planned prior to 9/11.This lends some credence to General Wesley Clark's report that a Pentagon general told him a few weeks after 9/11 there were U.S. plans to "take out" Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Iran. The Secretary's report is of something too early and Clark's report is of something too broad (i.e., greater than three countries in the said Axis of Evil). How does this square with the stock version of (just) Afghanistan and Iraq? Was the "Arab Spring" an opportunity to add Egypt to the list?
I've read several articles speculating on the real U.S. objective(s) in the Middle East – Qatar gas pipeline rather than the Iranian one, destabilize Russia and China, etc. Where Syria and Iraq are concerned, I find it credible that the U.S. is, as usual, at the beck and call of Israel and thus helping to keep all potential threats to it at bay by turning nearby countries upside down or slicing them into smaller pieces.
It's a big topic that requires a lot more background knowledge than I have right now. The idea does occur to me, however, that the whole Syrian fiasco and magic act is worthy of sustained and close attention. Like the Spanish Civil War, our unconstitutional war against Syria has a boatload of foreign intervenors and disturbers involved and, as of now, I'll say the lesson that is beginning to slowly rise from the muck is one of U.S. duplicity and reliance on grisly terrorists to do its dirty work.
Be that as it may, it's clear that whatever the U.S. is doing in the Middle East isn't for public consumption. The American public sure as hell isn't in on the plan, which, as I've indicated, is something that is at heart rotten and dishonorable.
 "The Real Humanitarian Crisis is Not in Aleppo." By Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House, 10/17/16.