- Making Up For Lost Time: US Drops ‘A Month Of Bombs’ On Syria In One Night (ZeroHedge, Sep 24, 2014):
Never one to miss out on some heavy “shock and awe”, Bloomberg reports that the U.S. dropped almost as many bombs and missiles on Islamic State positions in Syria in its first night of airstrikes there as it did in the first month of attacks on the extremist group in Iraq. It appears American foreign policy comes down to this, “it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission,” as the offensive unleashed 200 precision-guided munitions including 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles, and also got to play with its new F-22 toy in its first combat mission. The first night of airstrikes was “only the beginning,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon’s spokesman, told reporters.
The “allied” airbases…
As Bloomberg reports, the U.S. dropped almost as many bombs and missiles on Islamic State positions in Syria in its first night of airstrikes there as it did in the first month of attacks on the extremist group in Iraq.
The offensive two nights ago, joined by five Arab nations, used about 200 munitions, most of them precision-guided, as well as some of 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles that were launched from two warships, according to U.S. Central Command. That rivals the 253 bombs and missiles aimed at the Sunni terrorist group’s positions in neighboring Iraq from Aug. 8 to Sept. 10. Continue reading »
- Russia Holds Massive Military Drill: 155,000 Troops, 4,000 Tanks, 632 Aircraft, 84 Ships (ZeroHedge, Sep 23, 2014):
At what point is a drill more than just a drill? Maybe when it is so massive it could be confused for an invasion force, involving a mindblowing 155,000 troops, more than the armies of most sovereign nations, 4,000 armoured vehicles, 632 planes and helicopters and 84 vessels. Those are the staggering numbers taking part in the Vostok-2014 strategic exercises, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, and whose main priority is ti “demonstrate that the degree of combat preparedness in Russian troops has risen.” One almost wonders why…
Photos via Itar-Tass:
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu praised the troops’ combat readiness. Official results, however, will be summed up later Continue reading »
Retired U.S. General Wesley Clark …
… at the Commonwealth Club of California:
… or here in this interview with Democracy Now:
- Syria Becomes the 7th Predominantly Muslim Country Bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate (The Intercept, Sep 23, 2014):
The U.S. today began bombing targets inside Syria, in concert with its lovely and inspiring group of five allied regimes: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Jordan.
- O, bomber! Obama bombs 7th country in 6 years (RT, Sep 24, 2014):
American jets hit targets in Syria on Tuesday in the US-led fight against Islamic State. Although the US has not declared war since 1942, this is the seventh country that Barack Obama, the holder of the Nobel Peace Prize, has bombed in as many years.
Syria has become the latest country to have been openly targeted by the US, with Washington predictably not seeking the approval of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The US and NATO started a bombing campaign in the north of the country on Tuesday against Islamic State militants, who have taken over parts of the north and east of the country. The death toll from Tuesday’s campaign was put at 120, though this figure could rise, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, who also said that eight civilians had lost their lives. Continue reading »
- President Obama Explains Why He “Did Not Request Permission” To Invade Syria – Live Feed (ZeroHedge, Sep 23, 2014):
Last night’s airstrikes on ISIS in Syria came as a surprise to some (though apparently not ISIS who local reporters note had time to move weapons and personnel) as President Obama – and his local arab nation allies (acting in support), though notably no Western nations – unleashed hell on Assad’s sovereign territory. The first stirrings of responses from Russia have been creeping out and now Israel is involved in the anti-ISIS coalition. The State Department has just confirmed that they did not give advance warning to the Syrian regime. If you are playing along at home, key words include “broad coalition”, “Assad still a bad guy”, “Vladimir who?”, and “not Muslim.”
- *KERRY DID NOT SEND LETTER TO SYRIAN REGIME, PSAKI SAYS
- *U.S. DID NOT GIVE SYRIA ADVANCE NOTICE AT MILITARY LEVEL: PSAKI
- *PSAKI SAYS U.S. INFORMED SYRIA OF INTENT TO TAKE ACTION
- *PSAKI SAYS U.S. DID NOT ASK SYRIAN PERMISSION FOR STRIKES Continue reading »
- Israel Joins The Fighting, Shoots Down Syrian Warplane Which Acted In “Threatening Manner” (Zerohedge, Sep 23, 2014):
Whether as a result of recent icy to quite icy diplomatic relations between the two nations, or just because it has other motives, Israel had clearly abstained from joining the US effort to contain the CIA-created ISIS terrorist juggernaut. However, overnight, with the US finally doing what Israel has hoped it would do for so long, namely being engaged in a bombing campaign of Syria (recall that it was Israel which was one of the biggest supporters of a US-led military intervention in Syria in the summer of 2013), it decided “hell, why not” and joined the fray, when shortly before 3 am Eastern time, this hit:
- ISRAELI SAYS IT DOWNED SYRIAN AIRCRAFT IN ISRAELI AIRSPACE
- ISRAELI ARMY SAYS DOWNED SYRIAN AIRCRAFT WAS FIGHTER JET
Quite notable because it was the first time in three decades that Israel had downed a Syrian warplane, so Israel needed a strong pretext for such aggression. An aggression, incidentally, not against ISIS, but Assad’s regime itself, which clearly is what Obama’s latest operation is all about – to take down a sovereign while doing the bidding of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, just like in 2013.
And then Israel, oddly, revised the story:
- ISRAEL SHOOTS DOWN SYRIAN WARPLANE NEAR BORDER: ISRAEL ARMY
So… it may not have been in Israel airspace. But then, why? Oh, here’s why:
- ISRAEL’S YA’ALON SAYS SYRIAN JET ACTED IN ‘THREATENING MANNER’ Continue reading »
- First Germany, Now France Folds On Syrian Airstrikes (Zerohedge, Sep 22, 2014):
In yet another rather embarrassing event for The White House, just days after President Obama praised the French for helping in the fight against ISIS, and General martin Dempsey noted “the French were our very first ally and they’re with us again now,” French officials have, according to Reuters, ruled out participation in airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria. With the fall of France (and Germany already saying “nein”), it appears the broad coalition is now a “coalition of none,” as Obama has stated the US would not go it alone… Continue reading »
- France Releases Video Of Its First Airstrike Against ISIS (ZeroHedge, Sep 20, 2014):
Several months ago, when France vehemently opposed canceling the delivery of the Mistral amphibious warship to Russia, its largest bank BNP was “unexpectedly” slapped with a record $9 billion fine by the US Department of Justice for money-laundering. The retaliatory measure was so obvious even Putin opined on the US action: “We know about the pressure which our U.S. partners are applying on France not to supply the Mistrals to Russia,” Putin said in July. “And we even know that they hinted that if the French don’t deliver the Mistrals, they would quietly get rid of the sanctions against the bank, or at least minimize them.” Continue reading »
- The Tower Of Babel Comes To Paris: The Folly Of Obama’s “War” On ISIS (David Stockman’s Contra Corner, Sep 21, 2014):
US imperialism was once a fearsome force – mainly for ill. Under the latter heading, Washington’s savage destruction of Vietnam four decades ago comes readily to mind. But now the American Imperium has become just a gong show on the Potomac – even as its weapons have gotten more lethal and its purposes more spurious and convoluted.
There is no more conspicuous proof than Obama’s quixotic “war” on ISIS. The quote marks are necessary, of course, because the White House insists that this is merely a counter-terrorism project that is not really a war; that the campaign to “degrade, disrupt and destroy” the Islamic State will not deploy a single American soldier—at least not one with his or her boots on; and that the heavy lifting on the ground against the barbaric ISIS hordes will be conducted by a “broad coalition” of so far nameless nations. Continue reading »
- Lavrov tells US to respect Syria’s sovereignty while tackling ISIS(RT, Sep 21, 2014):
Washington should respect the sovereignty of Syria in its attempts to deal with the Islamic state, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a phone call with his US counterpart, John Kerry.
Everyone knows that the U.S. and its allies have heavily backed Islamic terrorists in Syria in an attempt to implement regime change in that country.
But did you know that the U.S. previously carried out regime change in Syria?
- House Votes To Fund Arms To Moderate (For Now) Syrian Rebels (And Ex-Im Bank) – Live Feed (ZeroHedge, Sep 17, 2014):
*HOUSE HAS VOTES FOR U.S. AID TO SYRIAN REBELS; VOTE CONTINUING
Those sneaky politicians… The House has just begun voting on whether to amend the US Spending Bill to enable funding for Obama’s grand strategy of training “moderate Syrian rebels.
- *SYRIAN REBEL AID IS PROPOSED AS AMENDMENT TO U.S. SPENDING BILL
- *HOUSE BEGINS VOTE ON U.S. AID TO SYRIAN REBELS SOUGHT BY OBAMA
However, what few have also noticed is that the bill also includes an extension for funding the Export-Import bank.
H/t reader squodgy.
- TUT Broadcast Sept 17, 2014 (The Ugly Truth):
Pt. I–Back door war with Syria using ISIS/ISIL as the pretext, the real goal being the dismemberment of the building anti-Zionist coalition building between countries such as Syria, Iran, Russia and Latin America
Pt. II–reading of the recent essay Zionist Terrorism, from the book of Genesis to modern day Gaza and beyond–None dare call it Judaism.
H/t reader squodgy:
“We’re in desperate straits now. The lies, bullshit explanations & justifications are flying out like firecrackers.
This one muddies it all even more…….”
With ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi being on the payroll of our CIA and the Mossad this seems to make perfect sense.
- Aljazeera discloses secret meeting between Syrian rebels and Israel (Moslem Press, Sep 15, 2014):
Al-Jazeera news channel disclosed a secret meeting between Syrian opposition and Israeli intelligence officers in Istanbul.
A senior Hamas leader provided Al-Jazeera news channel with compelling evidences, revealing details about a clandestine meeting gathered between Syrian Islamist warlords and Israeli special envoy, joseph Yossi in Turkish glamorous city of Istanbul. Syrian famous opposition figures such as Kamal al-Labwani and Ahmad Tumeh also attended the meeting. Continue reading »
- ISIS’ Next Target: The Suez Canal (Zerohedge, Sep 14, 2014):
Following ISIS blitzkrieg in which it took over nearly half of Iraq and a third of Syria in the blink of an eye, at which point it created its own Islamic State Caliphate resulting in Obama’s own personal war against the jihadists, some have wondered what is ISIS’ next step: surely its leadership will not merely stagnatte as one after another US predator drone bomb away the capital Reqqa until ISIS figurehead leader al-Baghdadi is killed or gravely wounded. To be sure, the one thing ISIS, which stunned the world with the speed of its ascent, can not afford is to stand still.
So what is next on the strategic timeline for the Islamic State?
According to one source, Al Arabiya, which cites Egyptian experts, the answer is none other than the Suez Canal, and the country it is located in: Egypt. Continue reading »
Russian officials fear regional war may turn into a world war.
- Russia: We warned the Yanks about Islamic State (Al Jazeera, Sep 16, 2014):
By Alexander Nekrassov (a former Kremlin and government adviser)
A joke making the rounds among Russian officials and hacks who take a keen interest in what is going on in the Middle East these days goes something like this: How will the Yanks deal with the Islamic State group? They will create “Islamic State 2″, a bigger and better armed group, and let it deal with the original Islamic State group. And what happens when “Islamic State 2″ turns against them as it happened with the original Islamic State? They will create “Islamic State 3″, and so on. Continue reading »
- “Moderate” Syrian Rebels Sign Non-Aggression Pact With ISIS; Iraq Defies US (ZEroHedge, Sep 13, 2014):
First it was the ‘broad coalition’ that appeared a little narrower than President Obama explained to the world last week. Today, 2 more crucial aspects of the ‘strategy’ appear to be faltering. Despite the promise of $500 million to train “moderate” Syrian terrorist/rebels to fight ISIS, GlobalPost reports Syrian rebels and jihadists from the Islamic State have agreed a non-aggression pact for the first time. Under the deal, “the two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is found and they promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be the Nussayri regime.” Not exactly what Obama and Kerry had in mind. But it is John Kerry’s trip to Iraq that appears to have had blowback already as Reuters reports the newly installed US-friendly PM al-Adadi ordered his air force to halt strikes on civilian areas, “even in those towns controlled by ISIS,” just a day after Kerry’s visit (which left Turkey explaining how it would not support US airstrikes either). So far, so good?!
So, to sum up… Continue reading »
- Al-Qaeda’s Specter in Syria (Council On Foreign Relations, Aug 6, 2012):
The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks. By and large, Free Syrian Army (FSA) battalions are tired, divided, chaotic, and ineffective. Feeling abandoned by the West, rebel forces are increasingly demoralized as they square off with the Assad regime’s superior weaponry and professional army. Al-Qaeda fighters, however, may help improve morale. The influx of jihadis brings discipline, religious fervor, battle experience from Iraq, funding from Sunni sympathizers in the Gulf, and most importantly, deadly results. In short, the FSA needs al-Qaeda now. Continue reading »
- Obama’s Broad Coalition Cracks – UK, Germany Won’t Support Airstrikes In Syria (ZeroHedge, Sep 11, 2014):
Well that didn’t take long. After espousing his strategy last night of leading a broad coalition against ISIS, it appears President Obama’s “allies” are backing away from the plan. As The WSJ reports, Germany and the U.K. on Thursday ruled out carrying out air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria. It appears the Europeans, realizing the ire that these actions will likely cause to Putin, are stepping back – “We haven’t been asked, nor will we do it,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters and his U.K. counterpart Philip Hammond explicitly ruled out air strikes in Syria, after the U.K. parliament struck down such a move last year. So that leaves the French?
Germany and the U.K. on Thursday ruled out carrying out air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria, a day after President Barack Obama authorized the start of U.S. air strikes there. Continue reading »
It’s Michael Snyder that seems to be clueless about Obama and the TPTB.
Obama is an elite puppet (like Bush, Clinton etc.) and he is not clueless, just evil.
- Once Again Obama Shows That He Is Clueless About What Is Going On In The Middle East (Economic Collapse, Sep 10, 2014):
By Michael Snyder
Why would Barack Obama want to give hundreds of millions of dollars of weapons to groups inside Syria that are selling weapons to ISIS and regularly fighting alongside them? Is he really that clueless about what is going on in the Middle East? The FSA and other groups of “moderate” fighters inside Syria do not consider ISIS to be an enemy. Rather, they consider ISIS to be an important ally in the struggle to overthrow the Syrian government. In fact, many “moderate” units have actually joined ISIS in recent months. If Obama gives more weapons to the “moderate” fighters in Syria, it is inevitable that a lot of them will end up in the hands of ISIS. In a previous article, I already discussed how ISIS is talking over vast stretches of Syria and Iraq using mostly American weapons. If the Obama administration goes ahead with this plan to arm “moderates” in Syria, it is just going to make ISIS even stronger.
Without a doubt, ISIS is an organization that is absolutely seething with evil. They have been running around beheading journalists, crucifying their enemies in public and even cutting children in half. ISIS has promised to drown America “in blood“, and the only way to appease them would be for every single one of us to convert to their version of Islam.
But Obama’s strategy to “defeat ISIS” makes absolutely no sense at all. Continue reading »
- Summarizing The President’s Speech (ZeroHedge, Sep 10. 2014):
Update: Senator McCain blasts Jay Carney – “you don’t have the facts” and President Obama “he doesn’t understand the situation” in this post-speech CNN interview… well worth the price of admission…
In 15 minutes, President Obama laid out his 4-pronged strategy to defat and dismantle ISIS/ISIL/The Islamic State/’The Bad Guys’…
We suspect this tweet sums it perfectly…
POTUS Summary: We’ll be bombing a sovereign nation (Syria) We’ll be arming terrorist groups while fighting them. #Ref Economy is Great
— Stalingrad & Poorski (@Stalingrad_Poor) September 11, 2014
But here is The White House’s official statement of strategy…
FACT SHEET: Strategy to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses a clear threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and to the broader Middle East, as well as U.S. persons, allies and interests in the region. Left unchecked, ISIL could pose a growing threat beyond the region, including to the U.S. homeland. Continue reading »
- Obama Plans To Fight ISIS By… Giving More Weapons To ISIS? (ZeroHedge, Sep 10, 2014):
It appears that, in a rush to get his strategy out the door, President Obama overlooked his key “do nothing stupid” foreign policy plan.
- OBAMA SAID TO SEEK CONGRESS AUTHORITY TO ARM SYRIAN REBELS
So – to be clear – the strategy to defeat ISIS is to arm more of the same “rebels” that ultimately split off and became, well, ISIS?
Perhaps it’s better if Obama sticks to his original “no strategy” plan after all… if only for the people, not so much the military-industrial complex of course.
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- How and Why the USA Has Sponsored Terrorism in the Mid East Since at Least 1948 (Washington’s Blog, Sep 5, 2014):
- The USA started carrying out coups, assassinating leaders, and sponsoring terrorism and extremists in Syria in 1948, continuing to the present moment, as everyone knows, under Obama. Examples, provided by David North:
- “The Eisenhower administration was troubled by the popularity of the “progressive front,” which was backed by elements in the Syrian army led by Colonel Adnan Malki. The United States was particularly angry that Malki’s faction opposed Syrian membership in the anti-Soviet Baghdad Pact, modeled on NATO, which the Eisenhower administration set up in January 1955. On April 22, 1955, Malki was assassinated while attending a soccer match by a member of the pro-US and right-wing Syrian Social National Party. An official investigation into the assassination found that the US was a major supporter and financier of the SSNP. It was well known that the SSNP had close ties with the CIA.”
- “Working closely with its counterparts in British intelligence, the CIA and the British SIS developed Operation Straggle. In what appears today to be an early model of the present US-orchestrated “rebel” insurgency [in Syria]:” Continue reading »
- UK doesn’t need Assad’s permission to launch airstrikes in Syria – Cameron (RT, Sep 4, 2014):
Britain could conduct airstrikes in Syrian regions captured by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said. He added that he did not need permission from Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Speaking at the start of the NATO summit in Wales on Thursday, Cameron said he did not recognize Assad as a legitimate leader, labeling him as “part of the problem.”
“We have got to understand that Assad has been part of the creation of IS, rather than part of its answer,” he said. Continue reading »
- This Is How ISIS Is Building An Airforce (ZeroHedge, Aug 30, 2014):
The Islamic State is nothing if not ambitious. Despite no record of current ‘airplane’ assets in their annual reports, ISIS has begun detaining and forcing Syrian pilots to train militant fighters to fly stolen aircraft. According to CNN Arabic, the pilots (and their planes and helicopters) were abducted when the terrorist group gained control of Tabqa military base. It appears that if beheadings, executions, and whippings are not enough to strike fear into the hearts of the locals, then (just as America is tryiung to do), an air assault will greatly demoralize. We can only imagine how this changes Obama’s strategy (and just where are all the rest of Syria and Iraq’s airplanes stored?)