October 10, 2015
I would deal with this differently. Not exactly sure how.
I think “whatever bro, we didn’t even want to give Syria a democracy anyway” would be better than “Putin has blown up all our dudes! He’s just too powerful! Someone do something!”
CIA-backed rebels in Syria, who had begun to put serious pressure on President Bashar Assad’s forces, are now under Russian bombardment with little prospect of rescue by their American patrons, U.S. officials say.
Just for those who aren’t fully versed in all of this nonsense, CIA-backed moderate terrorists were fighting Assad, alongside ISIS. At the same time, Ash Carter was supposed to be both bombing ISIS and training other moderate terrorists to fight them.
Yesterday, they came out and admitted that Ash had failed in his cause (to train them), and they were “scaling back the program.”
Obviously, the secondary program was just a hoax, and they admitted not long ago that there were only 4 or 5 guys fighting ISIS. The actual goal was always to fight Assad, and this is where all the money was poured.
Putin has been bombing them almost exclusively, as they were in the area Assad was most concerned about.
His response to the US whining about “I thought you were fighting ISIS” has basically been “they’re all the same.”
Over the past week, Russia has directed parts of its air campaign against U.S.-funded groups and other moderate opposition in a concerted effort to weaken them, the officials say. The Obama administration has few options to defend those it had secretly armed and trained.
The Russians “know their targets, and they have a sophisticated capacity to understand the battlefield situation,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., who serves on the House Intelligence Committee and was careful not to confirm a classified program. “They are bombing in locations that are not connected to the Islamic State” group.
And see there. We aren’t even told where all this money is going.
They are probably (almost certainly) training and arming ISIS as well. At the very least, our second greatest ally Saudi Arabia is.
Other U.S. officials interviewed spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The CIA began a covert operation in 2013 to arm, fund and train a moderate opposition to Assad. Over that time, the CIA has trained an estimated 10,000 fighters, although its current size isn’t clear.
The effort was separate from the one run by the military, which trained militants willing to promise to take on IS exclusively. That program was widely considered a failure, and on Friday, the Defense Department announced it was abandoning the goal of a U.S.-trained Syrian force, instead opting to equip established groups to fight IS.
The only “established group” fighting ISIS is the Kurds.
I think yesterday’s announcement was just the beginning of a slow and painful admission of defeat.
For years, the CIA effort had foundered — so much so that over the summer, some in Congress proposed cutting its budget. Some CIA-supported rebels had been captured; others had defected to extremist groups. The secret CIA program is the only way the U.S. is taking on Assad militarily. In public, the United States has focused its efforts on fighting IS and urging Assad to leave office voluntarily.
“Probably 60 to 80 percent of the arms that America shoveled in have gone to al-Qaida and its affiliates,” said Joshua Landis, a Syria expert at the University of Oklahoma.
But in recent months, CIA-backed groups, fighting alongside more extremist factions, began to make progress in Syria’s south and northwest, American officials say. In July and August, U.S.-supported rebels seized territory on the al-Ghab plain, in northwest Syria’s Idlib and Hama governorates. The plain is a natural barrier between areas controlled by Sunni Muslims and the Alawite sect to which Assad and his loyalists belong. The capture of the al-Ghab plain was seen as a breakthrough toward weakening the Alawites.
Those and other gains put Damascus, the capital, at risk, officials say.
In other words: “we are in the middle of a proxy war with Russia, and we’re getting our asses handed to us.”
Russian bombs and missiles have hit specific buildings associated with the moderate Syrian opposition, according to a U.S. official briefed on the intelligence.
The administration is scrambling to come up with a response to Russia’s moves, but few believe the U.S. can protect its secret rebel allies. The administration has all but ruled out providing CIA-backed groups with surface-to-air missiles that can down aircraft, fearing such weapons would end up in the wrong hands, officials say.
There’s a 60-80% chance they would.
There is also an even higher percentage chance than that that if American missiles downed a Russian jet, you would have a lot bigger problems than you have right now – regardless of who fired them.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, says the U.S. should consider establishing a no-fly zone that allows rebels a safe place from which to operate, and shooting down Syrian helicopters that are bombing civilians. He said the U.S. also should provide arms to the Ukrainian government fighting Russian-backed separatists.
Wow, sounds like this guy wants a full-on war with Russia…
Just for those keeping track, yes, Daily Stormer Rule #1 does apply.
And for those who don’t know, Daily Stormer Rule #1 is:
Every. Single. Time.
A no-fly zone would require the U.S. military to be ready to engage in air battles with the Syrian government, something it is not prepared to do.
Do it, goyim! My terrorists, goyim!
Apparently, Netanyahu is significantly afraid that Putin will roll straight into his base that he is taking a total backseat here to American ZOG Jews who are calling for a war with Russia as the solution to having their terrorists killed by Putin.
As for me, I’m just glad it’s happening.
Meanwhile, US military officials are shocked and awed that Russia now has better weaponry than them.
The high-tech cruise missiles fired on IS targets from the Caspian Sea were largely unknown to the West. Now that their efficiency has been demonstrated, military experts around the world are shocked.
The Pentagon is identifying the missiles as SS-N-30s, and while US intelligence officials had been aware of an earlier model known as the SS-N-27, the sheer range demonstrated in Wednesday’s raid caught officials off-guard.
“It should be a wakeup call that we don’t have a monopoly on the capability,” Eric Wertheim, a US naval analyst, told the Daily Beast.
While Western intelligence was aware of the SS-N-27, that model was an anti-ship missile, and presumed to have a relatively limited range of less than 150 miles. The SS-N-30s, however, traveled roughly 1,000 miles, across two countries, before striking targets in Syria.
And they were obviously just showing off.
On Putin’s birthday, no less.
Obama is coming out and condemning him on 60 Minutes tomorrow.
President Vladimir Putin’s military mission in Syria is a sign of Russia’s weakness, not a show of its leadership, says President Obama. Russia has been forced to prop up a teetering Assad regime, he maintains, Russia’s only ally in the region. Mr. Obama speaks at length to Kroft about the situation in Syria and about domestic politics, including his opinions on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, whether his vice president, Joe Biden, will run for president, and his take on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The interview will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m ET/PT.
Well, he’s allied with Lebanon and Iran, and the government of Iraq now apparently as well, as they are requesting he bomb targets for them.
I’m looking at this map, Obama…
…and it’s looking to me like he’s got more allies than you do.
It’s almost looking like you’re about to go down in history as the US President who pushed the world from “unipolar” to “multi-polar.” In other words, the guy who supervised the end of US military and economic dominance of the globe.
Maybe I should be thanking you?