Chess not Checkers – Russia, Via Vladimir Putin, Push Islamic Extremists Out of Syria Into The EU…

Last night during the GOP debate the question of Syria was asked; none of the candidates spoke of an increasingly specific aspect to the Syrian reality.

putinhead2Anyone who has a basic understanding of the current situation in the Mid-East must accept that Russia is playing chess, and the Obama administration is insufferably getting out-played.

It was only a few weeks ago when Egypt’s Fattah el-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah went to Moscow and met with Vladimir Putin.

A little over a week later Putin begins putting additional Russian military forces into Syria presumably to assist Bashar Assad in removing his adversaries, various ISIS elements.

What Putin is inevitably doing right now is pushing out those elements within Syria who collectively create one side of the Syrian civil war.  He’s going to continue pushing those Syrian people into Turkey and, as a consequence of Erdogan’s unwillingness to be destabilized by those elements, ultimately they will travel into Europe.

SYRIA […] Russia is ramping up military aid to Syria, home to its only naval base outside the former Soviet Union. Big questions remain, the U.S. official stressed, including whether Putin really is prepared to see Assad marginalized and, if so, whether he can persuade him to go quietly.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia is set to start flying combat missions from a new air hub inside Syria, other American officials said. Putin may be betting that an increased military presence will either help Assad stay in power or give Russia more sway in influencing the outcome of the crisis if the Syrian leader is forced out.

ISIS controls as much as half of the country, while rebel militias backed by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar are gaining ground, leaving only about a fifth under the government’s firm control, according to Amos Gilad, a senior Israeli defense official. That area is home to most of the population, though, including key urban centers such as the capital, Damascus.

If Putin continues to escalate his support for Assad, the Saudis, who are suspicious of the Russian leader’s intentions, will respond by stepping up their aid to the rebels, according to Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi commentator and former government adviser.

“The fact that the Russians are sending servicemen to Syria now proves that it’s not diplomacy, it’s war,” he said.

Publicly, Russia remains far apart from the U.S. and its allies on Syria. Asked if Russia would accept Assad staying on in a purely ceremonial role, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that “only the Syrian people can decide the fate of Syria, not some outside countries.”

If the gap is narrowing behind the scenes, it may largely be due to Islamic State. Putin came to power fighting Islamist separatists in the Caucasus, and has reason to fear the rise of jihadists in Syria. Their numbers include about 1,000 Russian- speakers, Elena Suponina, a Moscow-based Mideast expert, has estimated, raising the threat of attacks inside Russia. (link)

We are currently bearing witness to this forced exodus.   That is why Germany’s Angela Merkel is engaging with Putin, he’s holding all the cards.   If Putin pushes out the extremist forces within Syria they will end up being Merkel’s problem, she is well aware of this.

Think back to 2012 when the U.K Guardian had a reporter embedded within Syria and filed one of the most revealing articles about who the 2012 Syrian Rebel Forces were:

"NO ISLAM WITHOUT JIHAD" - members of the Free Syrian Army. Abu Khuder and his men fight for al-Qaida. They call themselves the ghuraba'a, or "strangers", after a famous jihadi poem celebrating Osama bin Laden's time with his followers in the Afghan mountains, and they are one of a number of jihadi organisations establishing a foothold in the east of the country now that the conflict in Syria has stretched well into its second bloody year. They try to hide their presence. "Some people are worried about carrying the [black] flags," said Abu Khuder. "They fear America will come and fight us. So we fight in secret. Why give Bashar and the west a pretext?" But their existence is common knowledge in Mohassen. Even passers-by joke with the men about car bombs and IEDs.

“NO ISLAM WITHOUT JIHAD” – members of the Free Syrian Army. Abu Khuder and his men fight for al-Qaida. They call themselves the ghuraba’a, or “strangers”, after a famous jihadi poem celebrating Osama bin Laden’s time with his followers in the Afghan mountains, and they are one of a number of jihadi organisations establishing a foothold in the east of the country now that the conflict in Syria has stretched well into its second bloody year.
They try to hide their presence. “Some people are worried about carrying the [black] flags,” said Abu Khuder. “They fear America will come and fight us. So we fight in secret. Why give Bashar and the west a pretext?” But their existence is common knowledge in Mohassen. Even passers-by joke with the men about car bombs and IEDs.

GUARDIAN 2012 – As they stood outside the commandeered government building in the town of Mohassen, it was hard to distinguish Abu Khuder’s men from any other brigade in the Syrian civil war, in their combat fatigues, T-shirts and beards.

But these were not average members of the Free Syrian Army. Abu Khuder and his men fight for al-Qaida. They call themselves the ghuraba’a, or “strangers”, after a famous jihadi poem celebrating Osama bin Laden’s time with his followers in the Afghan mountains, and they are one of a number of jihadi organisations establishing a foothold in the east of the country now that the conflict in Syria has stretched well into its second bloody year.

They try to hide their presence. “Some people are worried about carrying the [black] flags,” said Abu Khuder. “They fear America will come and fight us. So we fight in secret. Why give Bashar and the west a pretext?” But their existence is common knowledge in Mohassen. Even passers-by joke with the men about car bombs and IEDs.

According to Abu Khuder, his men are working closely with the military council that commands the Free Syrian Army brigades in the region. “We meet almost every day,” he said. “We have clear instructions from our [al-Qaida] leadership that if the FSA need our help we should give it. We help them with IEDs and car bombs. Our main talent is in the bombing operations.” Abu Khuder’s men had a lot of experience in bomb-making from Iraq and elsewhere, he added.

Abu Khuder spoke later at length. He reclined on a pile of cushions in a house in Mohassen, resting his left arm which had been hit by a sniper’s bullet and was wrapped in plaster and bandages. Four teenage boys kneeled in a tight crescent in front of him, craning their necks and listening with awe. Other villagers in the room looked uneasy.

Abu Khuder had been an officer in a mechanised Syrian border force called the Camel Corps when he took up arms against the regime. He fought the security forces with a pistol and a light hunting rifle, gaining a reputation as one of the bravest and most ruthless men in Deir el-Zour province and helped to form one of the first FSA battalions.  (read more)

mass migration

Syrian “refugees”?

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54 Responses to Chess not Checkers – Russia, Via Vladimir Putin, Push Islamic Extremists Out of Syria Into The EU…

  1. Lou says:

    he’s smart. Russia for Russians.

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    • Be Ge says:

      not really. This is from Moscow (2015):

      Moscow (or as some Russians like to call it, Moskvabad, with an ending of -bad typical of some Central Asian cities like Leninabad) is just as (or even more ) flooded with muslim migrants of varying degrees of legality as is any Muslim-invaded European nation, such as Sweden. There are 2.5M muzzies in Moscow alone.
      The reasons are pretty much the same as in the US, the main one being attractiveness of cheap foreign-born semi-slave labor. And yes, they use it for illegal voting when the dear leader needs it.

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      • El Torito says:

        When they get out of line the Russian military is quick to restore order.

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        • Be Ge says:

          Ain’t working. They can go as far as assaulting local police and taking their kin out of custody. But yeah, generally, it is better vs, say, Sweden. Prisons are not nice, and there is no PC or large welfare to fight for. Most of the people above came in to do useful work in exchange for money, albeit sometimes (drugs) the state finds their work unlikable.

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      • Director says:

        The Russian federation is too large not to contain millions of Muslims. He’s not driving the collapse of the birthrate of the white populations of Europe. He’s just dealing with one corner of the fallout from abortion, contraception and a vanishing people.

        He’s decided to act like a 19th century statesman like Lord Palmerston or Andrew Jackson.

        Merkel as unofficial queen of Europe is essentially liquidating her own folks by inviting in the refuse of the Middle East.

        America is of course run by an African hostile to the Western and Eastern Europeans.

        He’s also accelerated the collapse of North America’s European derived population.

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    • jbal says:

      agree, Putin is doing for russia what we need a president to do, that is leave the third world for someone else to deal with(pay for) and be successful from within.

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  2. I don’t think it’s incompetence. I think that CanklesMail undermined every CIA operation for the last 7 years, by letting Vlad read Hillary’s mail for 4 years, and then just allowing them to move on from there, to even bigger mail-reading access.

    And I don’t think Cankles was alone – even if she thinks she was. IYKWIM. But the bottom line is that there is no way that any CIA operation could succeed in the last 7 years, except where it was allowed for cover.

    If I was anybody in .gov, I would assume that Vlad is reading everything until this mole regime is purged.

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  3. ThankYou,Treepers says:

    “Checkers” infers B Hussein O is a naive adversary of the jihad and the Russians.

    He’s certainly naive, actually not much brighter than the four-legged “Checkers” who once occupied the White House.

    But he’s clearly aligned with and not opposing the jihad.

    The only question is whether that is true as to all sworn enemies of America, or if he’s exclusively a committed agent of islam.

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  4. Be Ge says:

    And yes, I do not believe there is a reasonable game, chess, checkers, renju, go or anything of the sort that is being played in Syria.

    Here is a map of Syria, summer 2015.

    It is pretty f****d up. Assad, with or without Putin’s support, is just one, probably most powerful and well-organized — but still just one of the 4 main players on the board. So we have:

    — Assad, a secular-leaning Alawi. Alawis are a sect within Shia islam (Persian/Iranian kind, that is). Alawis, non-Alawi Shias and native Christians in Syria are most likely best off under Assad. Pink/Red on the map. Assad supporters are probably around 15-25% of the population. The problem with them is their Iranian alignment and support for terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. Assad’s regime is not ISIS, but still has little problem killing a lot of people regardless of the actual level of their involvement with the support of any form of opposition.

    — Kurds. One of the largest ethnic groups on Earth that do not have their own ethnic state (Kurdistan). There’s a Turkish Kurdistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Persian Kurdistan and Syrian Kurdistan. Too bad the folks did not have a prominent leader like Abdullah Ocalan (a leader of PKP party in Turkey, a terror-using organization with a strong political wing) back at the time when Stalin, FDR/Truman and Churchill were drawing the maps of the new post-WWII world. A group with the next most desperate plight in the region after the Christians. 10% of the pre-war population of Syria are were Kurds. Relgion-wise, the Kurds are into relatively moderate (for the region, that is) Sunni (mainstream/Arabic-originated) Islam. Some folks have it the Kurgish plight is a karmic re-pay for the instrumental role the Kurds have played in the Armenian genocide during WW1 in the Ottoman Turkish Empire.

    The two other groups on the map are mostly Arabs, both “endogenous” and “exogenous” (such as Palestinians and Iraqis). Together they make about 50 to 60% of Syrian population. The main Arabic groups are:
    — “Moderate” Sunni rebels. Obamistan has somehow favored these savages. A more radical part of the “moderate” rebels is Al Nusra brigades, which is really a glorified Al-Qaeda cell in Syria. Our king 0b0l0 wanted to ship weapons to them. Green color on the map.
    — ISIS. A more orthodox and aggressive islamist group, otherwise similar to the “moderate” rebels. Black/grey areas of the map. Claim to be a part of the Muslim Kaliphate centered in Iraq.

    Now, the bad part is all the above are islamists and followers of the pedophile prophet. That is, if they win a particular subregion– they kill and enslave, Old Testament style, all the not-fully-aligned civilian population. There is no “good” or “bad” in the classical sense in that more than anything else, the whole ordeal is Alien vs Predator vs Gojila vs Cthulhu — whosoever wins, you lose. The most “missing” and “overlooked” part of the puzzle in a typical Western mind to me is public support for the belligerent parties — and it is there, and is the only good-to-me an explanation of why “conventional” (that is without massive wipes of the civilians”) military force has not really worked well for anyone recently. They can kick the unfriendly military out of a village/town/city — but not win the allegiance of the locals. Russian or American boots on the ground, following conventions and international laws in the “non-wiping of civilians” part cannot really do much. The second big issue is disarmament. You can’t disarm a single party — as then millions of its supporters will go meet All-h in a bad way. You need to disarm all of the parties at the same time. If you feel as though a single party (say, ISIS) is more dangerous vs the others — you need to align the other 3 existing players to work together — which is not happening. I guess the West should, sorta like Sudan, nowdays Northern Sudan and Southern Sudan, split Syria. It just cannot really hold together. JIMHO, of course.

    I don’t see a strategy there with mr. Putin. More like another round of in-house PR campaign. Stupid “chapayev” player.

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    • smiley says:

      interesting comment.
      maybe the game could be called : Name the Enemy and Do Something About It.
      Assad ? Obama thinks so (if he thinks, at all)…
      or ISIS/Jihad getting a foothold/solid base in Syria ? Putin might think so, leader that he is.
      and Germany is gradually ramping up its military presence in the region, as sleeper cells form and activate and recruitment escalates GLOBALLY, as we speak.
      end game : WW3.

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      • Be Ge says:

        Point is you really have to do about all 4 colors on the board. Chapayev or checkers, the board is this:

        WW3 is not really appealing to any party, left or right, anywhere, including Russia. JIMHO, of course.

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        • smiley says:

          WW2 was not really appealing to “any party” either, left or right…
          but it happened nonetheless.

          remember why ?

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          • Be Ge says:

            It was appealing for Stalin and Hitler. They divided up Central and Eastern Europe via Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and its practical implementation aka N+1st division of Poland in 1939 started the WWII. Also, as with WWI, there were documentary obligations to join the war for some of the parties.

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    • Be Ge says:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapayev_%28game%29

      A Russian checkers based game (more closely related to bowling and shuffleboard then to checkers or chess) Putin is likely playing in Syria and elsewhere, but then the Westerners tend to mistake that game for real checkers.

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  5. tz says:

    Boy, I could’a had a G8, but the G7 kicked Putin out.
    Whatever happened to the Monroe doctrine?
    We can’t fix Mexico, whymare we over there?
    Policeman of the world – like Ferguson and Baltimore.

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  6. cali says:

    The Egyptian president as well as the King of Jordan sought help from Russia due to the ISIS escalation in their own countries – after all Jordan was used by this administration to provide training to the selected ‘freedom fighters’ which turned out to be ISIS fanatics – Al Nusra among others.
    Not only is King Abdullah and Fattah el-Sissi banned from visiting the white house as well as any other white house personnel – Abdullah found out he ‘had been had’ by this administration while el-Sissi continues to battle continuously the muslim brotherhood being still organized behind the scene by this administration.
    It is no secret anywhere in the middle east that ISIS is supported by this administration but also Europe. ISIS – despite their widespread carnage and atrocities – are tools.

    Putin’s discovery about the 400 ton freighter/ship being docked in Turkey – loaded with tons of military weapons – originated in Benghazi after the Ghaddafi overthrow – destined for Syria to overthrow Assad needed Putin’s attention and ending in a confrontation with this administration and their red line.
    The civil war in Syria did not start with Assad but rather outside entities with the intent and finality to get rid of Assad – the last target on the list to overthrow. We all know how fast the ‘red line’ was ignored and forgotten by this administration.
    Putin holds all the aces in his hand – having gained enough information to finally take action not only on behalf of el-Sissi and Abdullah but also on behalf of Russia and their long planned pipeline being build and running through Syria.
    For that reason – the government in Syria – a client state of Russia – needed to remain in place rather then allowing a repeat of the arab spring and Libya. Europe depends on Russia to provide their needed energy.
    Working with el-Sissi and Abdullah – among others behind the scene – while these two leaders are shunned by this administration turned to Putin for assistance – both their own governments were and are in danger to be overthrown using agents sent to their countries causing havoc while inciting the citizens there to rise up against their leaders.
    Putin also has his own self interest to retain the monopoly in providing energy for the EU – for all these reasons – he is now in Syria doing what needs to be done rather than doing what this administration has planned.

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  7. Obomination says:

    the Obama administration is insufferably getting out-played.

    What is insufferable is how few are willing to acknowledge the obvious, that this wretch in the WH and his cohorts are not on our side. The Mohammedan colonization of Europe is a good thing from Hussein’s perspective.

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    • John Galt says:

      Exactly. Obozo and his Brotherhood homeboys are constructing the universal caliphate.

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    • manickernel says:

      He is not getting outplayed it is over and done with. No more hands. He has two options. We could implement carpet bombing, which won’t happen in today’s world, or boots, which would have to stay for at least 25 years. it would take that long to raise a generation not steeped in killing. .

      I am all for carpet bombing.

      But I don’t see either happening. Let Putin play.

      P.S.- His third response is to keep using drones to keep it all tamped down a bit. This just ensures additional attacks in the US and Europe.

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  8. Sentient says:

    Just help Russia help Assad restore the status quo ante. There will always be people wanting to flee the Middle East for Europe – whether it’s to expand the Ummah or just because the Middle East sucks. The Europeans should refuse them all, or at a minimum require that they convert to Christianity (yes, I know about takfir). Spain eventually even expelled the Moriscos. Europe is committing suicide.

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  9. crispyjoe says:

    Can’t blame Putin for taking advantage of the power vacum. Might as well be giving the Russians foreign aid too.

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  10. rodney says:

    They aren’t being driven. Only about 25% are Syrians, the rest are Albanians, Kosovars, Turks, Egyptians, Africans etc. They are economic migrants.

    We, not Putin are directly responsible for wrecking Syria and ISIS through our stupidity. We thought we could bankroll and equip “moderate” insurgents against Assad who turned out to be Al- Nusra and ISIS fanatics. After a bit they rolled into Iraqi-Sunni territory and absorbed or killed most of the Iraqi army to the extent that ISIS today is mostly a American equipped force with over 2000 Humvees, MRAPs, artillery, uniforms and guns all provided at American expense.

    Iraq doesn’t really exist anymore thanks to our intervention. All there is, is the Shia rump controlled by Iran.

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  11. Clc says:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/israel-grants-golan-heights-oil-license-2013-2 with all that is going on in the middle east, it is my belief that Israel is the puppermaster behind all of it. Obama is just a puppet. just like bush was a puppet. you will never convince me otherwise. no isis attacks on Israel yet but the media is saying they are streaming into Europe bcause of putin? Zionist are in control of news media.

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  12. Director says:

    This is so wrong on so many levels I don’t know where to begin.

    Putin is attempting to assist Assad to defeat the ISIS forces.

    Assad is the only player protecting Christians and Alawites and Yazidis and Kurds in Syria. ISIS is a motley crew of internationally recruited Islamic Ghazis. Many of them are already a fifth column in places like Minnesota, Brooklyn, Detroit, Birmingham, Paris, Hamburg, Riyhad, Cairo, Karachi, Malaya, Indonesia…

    Their origins are murky and they have been seen using American equipment like Humvees and AR style rifles.

    This article requires quite a bit more evidence.

    If anything Russian influence is stabilizing.

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  13. three by one says:

    Rather than boots on the ground, a massive Eldest Son operation might be one solution. Belligerents of any stripe would self-eliminate.

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  14. archer52 says:

    The European invasion has many bastard fathers. But as much as we’d like to give Russia credit, the real anarchist here is Turkey. It is undergoing change in leadership and direction.

    It was also insulted by Europe when it was not allowed to be part of the EU.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accession_of_Turkey_to_the_European_Union

    Germany was a player in this, and not forgiven- as I’m told.

    Turkey will measure its revenge by allowing undesirables to pass through its nation into Europe.

    In a sense, they cannot beat the Europeans in a sword fight, but they can poison their lands.

    Brilliant.

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  15. watcher says:

    My thoughts. Putin is going to make sure Assad will win his civil war (we kick started).
    ISIS will be driven out into Iraq. Than Syria and Iran will split Iraq, leaving the Kurds alone for the time being. Driving what’s left of ISIS to Turkey ( than Europe) and the gulf states.
    Saudi Arabia is building a fortified fence on the Iraq border now. Why?
    Win for Putin, Syria, and Iran.
    Food for thought, Putin would love to see zero declare a crisis and “serve”a third term.

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    • Joe says:

      In the 2nd Chechen war the objective was not to drive what was left of the fanatics into Dagestan but to hunt them down and kill them. (The US was supporting the rebels and our reward was the Boston bombing.) Turkey can close its borders. Europe can close its borders. It is not Putin’s job to take care of all the problems caused by the league of international sociopaths.

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      • archer52 says:

        Agreed. However, Putin and his army will gladly take the job. Putin HATES Islamic terrorists because of the threat they cause.

        He may be a nutjob, but he is a clear eyed nutjob.

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        • archer52 says:

          Remember how the Russians handled the theatre hostage situation. They gassed everybody, including the hostages, to get to the terrorists. Then when their tactics were questioned dismissed the causalities as necessary. Russians have a different view of life and death- and PC has no place there.

          Truthfully, we make fun of activists here by saying we should air drop them into Africa or something. If you really want to make a point with them, air drop them into Russia while making them wear a “F Putin” t-shirt.

          Then step back and watch.

          Pack them a pair of thick wool socks. When they say, “But it is hot in Moscow now!” Just smile and say, “It won’t be where you will be going.”

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  16. crazy says:

    Putin is taking advantage of Obama’s pullback from strategic sea lines of communications and forward basing that have served to stymie expansionist activities by Russia, China and Iran. Obama’s accompanying drawdown of military forces and capabilities neuters future US ability to deter or counter bad actions in these areas without a time consuming politically charged buildup of forces that can be easily countered by tomorrow’s adversaries. The worker bees in the WH may not know what’s going on but Obama and his key enablers certainly do. It’s not by accident – it’s by design.

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    • Crystal says:

      It’s all part of Obozo’s increased “flexibility” with Vlad after the 2012 elections.

      Either O’s an enemy agent or Vlad’s got his alleged British passport.

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      • Crystal says:

        NOTE: Kenya, as you all know, was a British Protectorate at the time of Obozo’s birth. Under British law, once a Brit, always a Brit. No NBC status for Bari.

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  17. crazy says:

    My question for the group is why do these people who hate the west and US and demand that we remove ourselves from the region want so badly to be given asylum in the US and the west?

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  18. watcher says:

    Putin meeting with el Sissi and Abdullah was probably to inform them of his Syrian plans. Besides Jordan and Egypt guarding his flanks and warning them of future refugees. Jordan and Egypt can stop the flow of reinforcements from Africa, Palestinian, and Lebanon. He probably assured them Russia would be their ally, as we are not under zero. Turkey would be a corridor rather than a refuge. I think Turkey knows what is going on and know ISIS is a threat to them.
    Russia learned from their Afghanistan and Chechnya experience, as we have not learned from our experiences.
    They will fill the vacuum we left and reap the spoil. Check and check mate.

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  19. czarowniczy says:

    Hate to mention this but as far as Putin puttin’ (more) Russian military forces into Syria – told ya’ so. Jordan’s move is interesting though not surprising, Jordan’s been an Israel and US client for decades and the sudden switch means that the King’s been given the word by someone that the US’s support if he’s tacked by Islamic fundamentalist is not only not assured but highly unlikely. That leaves Israel and Israel’s support would not endear him to the rest of the Islamic Ummah in his backyard. Russia would be a greater and readily accessible power that would come to his aid.
    As for the sudden trip to Moscow, I’d mentioned well over a year ago that the Russians had been sending high-level military and political groups to Egypt to negotiate the total reaming of Egypt with Russian military equipment and the welcoming back into Alexandria and the Suez of Russian naval assets. The groundwork’s already been laid, this is just the formalization of exploiting agreements.
    We have both Russia and China with naval facilities on the Suez and Russia controlling the countries from Egypt through Turkey and into Iran. That gives them the eastern Med and flanks Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Greece is already partly in the bag but in any event Greece is already buying into the Russian petro bourse dream by agreeing to be a major transshipment center.
    OK, so now Russia ‘owns’ the majority of the overland pipelines and ports that will supply Europe and the New World with NG and oil products. It will ship its own products and threaten the rest of the ‘unaligned’ countries there to ship through them also – especially as Iran will have military control of the Bab el Mandeb and Straits of Hormuz. Iran won’t have to necessarily do anything, the threat of possibly doing something will move shippers to look at the northern route into the Med and secure ports – the folks who insure tankers will also be looking closely at raising rates for ships passing through Iranian choke points.
    I keep wondering if Putin outmaneuvered POtuS or if the destruction of teh US as the de facto global controller of oil wasn’t a purposeful move by the POtuS. Look how he’s always railed against the US as a big international military colossus, he’s campaigned twice on gutting our overseas and national power projection capacities. Look how hard he’s pushed on the fairy-dust ‘alternative power’ issue while he sabotages our domestic oil/coal/gas power plants and gives away our preeminence in protecting the international shipping lanes, limiting our access to foreign oil. Did he, in that infamous open mike incident, really mean that he’d have more flexibility in his 2nd term to put the Mideast into Russian/Iranian hands while he removed the US’s protective Mideast military umbrella? Did he mean that he’d weaken the US he seems to hate so much so that Russia could form an Obama ‘center of power’ in teh Mideast the POtuS seems to like more than the home he infects here?
    Let’s not forget that Obama unilaterally removed the guarantee that were a nation to attack Israel with WMDs the US would reserve the right to nuke the attacker. Let’s also note that as he’s been unsuccessful in getting Israel to give up its nukes he’s allowed Israel’s most intractable enemy to develop their own. He’s allowed a rabid Russian-influenced state to develop nuclear arms that they will use to create an Iranian-based Ummah from Egypt to Afghanistan – and that’s just for now. If Russia has any problems with folks tinkering with the oil system that will enrich both Iran and Russia you can bet that while the Russians would be hesitant to unleash Russian military power in teh area (they remember their Afghanistan) the Iranians won’t be and there’ll be the tacit understanding that the Russians will be there to back up Iran.
    It’s gonna be a who;le new world out there regardless of who gets elected here in 2016 as this POtuS has allowed a major power shift to occur, one that US presidents from 1917 through 1989 would not allow to happen regardless of their party affiliation. I believe the next few presidents will be dealing more with damage control than proactivity, our Smartest President Ever has changed the game.

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    • Obama suckled on Soviet propaganda in his youth. He never grew up. He’s stuck in the Reagan-hating, America-hating ’80’s.

      Of course it’s all intentional. He needs no instructions from Moscow. He’s on kabuki/kamikaze autopilot.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Obama sucks now too…my, how history repeats itself.
        I do believe he suvk3ed at the doctrinal teat of the hoary Weathertrash who polluted the 60s and, unfortunately, weren’t shot on sight and were allowed to continue wasting precious air. Ayrers. Dorn, various ‘Chicano’ and Black Nationalists – all his co-parasites. They suckled in the 60s and they still suckle.

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  20. skeptiktank says:

    It will never happen, but Obama, and his Republican coalition need to admit they were wrong about Assad, and push a reset button. It should be obvious by now that they were wrong to support the overthrow of Mubarak and Quadafi, and, in my opinion, the overthrow of the duely elected gov’t of Ukraine. The problem with this administration is they automatically identify with street demonstrators. If people are taking it to the streets, the government must be oppressive and brutal. The fact is, Putin and Assad were dead-on correct in their assessments of conditions in Syria and the greater Middle East. We should stop this knee-jerk reaction of assigning evil intent to everything Putin does. It was us that were wrong in the Middle East, not him.

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  21. Joe says:

    What mistake?

    ““Our task,” wrote Lenin in 1902 in What Is to Be Done, “is to utilize every manifestation of discontent, and to collect and utilize every grain of rudimentary protest.” Indeed, if you want to change a society, here is Lenin’s script: cause the problem. Spread the misery. Send a cadre of professional community organizers to unite all of the angry and disinherited spirits to fuel an organized revolt. Entice chaos and violence. Exploit chaos for larger political objectives. Blame your political opponents, demonize and criminalize them. Move decisively to request a temporary suspension of civil liberties in exchange for the restoration of law and order. Usurp power before the deceived masses realize that there is nothing more permanent in politics than something temporary.
    From Lenin to Obama the political landscape has changed, but the scheme remains assertively consistent.”
    http://www.israpundit.org/archives/63609415

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  22. manickernel says:

    Going to get interesting now. Russian has delivered 8 helicopters. 4 attack and 4 transport. Attack helicopters will be very effective in that theater. I doubt that the jihadists can count on the US to supply them with shoulder fired missiles, but then with Hillary you never know.

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  23. VIDEO: Donald Trump meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
    The part about Trump meeting with Putin is at the end of the video is right after @ 25:50

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