Trump, Saudi Arabia, and CIA Project TEAK in Syria – Veterans Today | News – Military Foreign Affairs Policy
Woodward now takes on the Trump administration, and he writes in his recent book Fear that Donald Trump wanted to use money from Saudi Arabia in order to fund covert CIA operations in Syria. Woodward writes:
“General [John] Kelly informed the president that his two top foreign policy advisers, McMaster and Tillerson, were in a ferocious fight over who would negotiate with Saudi Arabia to get $4 billion. The money was in part to fund operations in Syria, including a top secret CIA project for the Syrian rebels code-named TEAK.
“Getting foreign governments to fund U.S. military and CIA operations in foreign countries remain one of Trump’s biggest goals”
The Trump administration, said Woodward, was “willing to write big checks for a variety of projects in Syria.” But for what? For protecting Americans in Syria? For keeping the United States safe? Or are we in Syria because the Israeli regime continues to oversee US foreign policy?
Woodward’s thesis in Fear again is politically plausible precisely because it corresponds to what we already know about Trump and Saudi Arabia. For example, we know that Trump made a military deal with the Saudis for $12.5 billion, despite the fact that they were slaughtering innocent civilians in Yemen.