Gareth Porter explains the phony “peace process” the US is pretending to encourage in regard to Syria. The US Empire wants the chaos, indeed, needs the chaos because the chaos produces the excuse for Empire, the War on Terror, trillions spent on a foreign policy of endless intervention. The U.S. foreign policy establishment needs groups like ISIS, and attacks like Paris, to fuel the fear and hysteria that drives support for the War on Terror. Randolph Bourne famously said that “war is the health of the State”. Peace, and stability, are the death by starvation of the State.