Prior to the rise of ISIS I referred to Syria as the problem from hell. In the interim Syria has become hell and hell has spread beyond its borders. Now on this very day Vladimir Putin ratchets up the inferno with a power play on behalf of President Assad while pretending to help us fight ISIS.
For days Russian planes have been bombing mostly “moderate” Syrian opposition fighters while Russia has either denied that or just clumped together all anti-Assad forces as “terrorists”. Today I read that Russian ships have added missiles to the fray and some Russian troops have been landed. What is this? Ukraine all over again?
This is gut wrenchingly awkward for us because we have been supplying some of those moderates who are being bombed. And this is where Putin has us by the you-know-whats because he can argue, unlike us, he was invited in to support the legitimate government of Syria, i. e. the bastard scores points in international law.
HERE’S THE BIG NEWS FOR TODAY! We face a dilemma. Chancing war with Russia or facing humiliation for failing to stop them.
I’m feeling cognitive dissonance because I see little mention of what is happening today on the three major cable stations. I keep flipping back and forth and finally found a piece on CNN, a good piece by the way, describing what I’ve been writing about. Oh, and I just saw something on Fox, but rushed apparently to get the latest on the Hillary emails.
Googling, I find little up to date news on the subject and what news there is shows nothing about how we will react to these developments. In a piece in USA Today, I see this quote from Secretary of Defense Aston Carter: “They continue to hit targets that are not ISIL. We believe that is a fundamental mistake.”
A fundamental mistake? That’s it? Please get back to me when you have a real response Mr. Secretary.
It reminds me of our President stating a few days ago that these moves by Russia were really a sign of their weakness, the weakness of Assad that is, who needs propping up. That may well be true, but what are we going to do in reaction to the propping up of someone we religiously insist must go?
Frankly, Mr. Obama, I really wish you had never said “Assad must go,” Some sort of deal might have been reached a long time ago. The sad truth in international politics is that some times one must forge a deal with the devil. Do you think Winston Churchill liked dealing with Joseph Stalin?
Mr. President, I know the danger of clashing with Russia in Syria, but if we keep letting Putin bomb the sh.t out of the people we supposedly are supporting, who will believe in our support in the future?
I know it is a tricky decision Mr. President, so I’ll try to be patient.
(P. S. – 10:20 a.m. Pacific Time) Just heard on CNN that there was a close encounter between an America and Russian Jet.)