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    Posted: September 14 2015 at 9:21am
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Because the U.S. has consistently been weak in it's foreign policy in Syria we now face a possible military confrontation in the area. Just as we have lost ground in Egypt which we have worked on for almost 40 years to gain, this would take more than one U.S. administration to fix no matter who is elected next year.

This is no nose-to-nose skirmish in the Persian Gulf as we had several years ago. Fail to go in and do something when we had the window to do it will cost the U.S. dearly.

If Iran and Syria are allowed to obtain or develop nuclear weapons they eventually will be launched at Tel Aviv and before that Israel will be forced to launch a strike on Iran.

If they do - will we have our hands tied and the question arises who will we defend?

Israel or Iran?

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This may be dated quite a bit - not sure - comments please

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War in Syria - September 15, 2015

Becoming informed of the situation - Medclinician



This was one of the most comprehensive analysis of the situation in the Middle East I have ever seen. Sad to see it has been taken off the net.
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In depth analysis of the current situation as of yesterday in the Middle East. No doubt, we are on the verge of some type of military confrontation in Syria. Russia is back and with chilling reminders of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis- actions speak louder than words - or even an absence of them. The delicate balance between the Sunni and Shiite
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shia-Sunni_relations
holds the future of not only the future of the Middle East but Europe in the balance.

A highly volatile balance of power which now is pulling the U.S. and world into a conflict that has gone on for thousands of years.- Medclinician CWN

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In a day of diplomatic snafus by the Pentagon, which first admitted it had spec ops forces in Syria(remember when it was just "advisors" and the Obama administration was blaming Russia for escalating the conflict by daring to join the fight against ISIS and sending its own troops in Damascus) then promptly retracted, using the old "there was no Freudian slip" explanation, the US promptly needed another diversion to cast the blame back in Putin's court.

Which brings us to our post from Monday in which "anonymous" US officials told Reuters that "Russia has positioned about a half dozen tanks at a Syrian airfield where it has been steadily building up defenses" with Reuters adding that "one of the U.S. officials said seven Russian T-90 tanks were seen at the airfield near Latakia, a stronghold of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The two U.S. officials said Russia had also positioned artillery there" adding that "the two U.S. officials said Russia had also positioned artillery, which they said appeared."

Our request was simple: "We can only hope the "anonymous" US officials will soon provide photographic evidence of their claims."

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The Netherlands is now getting a daily influx of 700 refugees. Germany expects some 800.000 refugees this year. Good news is that Lavrov (Russia FM) and Kerry (US FM) are in contact on how to fight IS. If the wars stop in the Middle East and international aid improves the situation the need to leave those countries disappears. https://www.rt.com/usa/315590-kerry-lavrov-syria-talks/
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Things are heating up as Russian ground troops enter Syria.  This is my posting on the situation.

CWN - Crystal World News in brief - It is possible there could be a military conflict which would result in an exchange of gunfire or missiles in Syria between the U.S. and Russia. Any progress gained by the intervention of Russian troops in the war against Isis would be a massive win in control of an area in the middle east the U.S. won for the last 70 years. While this has become a verbal battleground for the candidates for the presidential race in 2016 in the U.S., the real life event are unfolding rapidly. It is sad to see history unfold before our eyes and to lose so much so many have died for so quickly - our credibility and respect in the free and not free world.

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It is very difficult to take on the mainstream media. This is a serious and volatile situation. We are watching history in the making.
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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-21/ron-paul-rages-dont-blame-america-blame-neocon-interventionists-syrian-catastrophe

Is the current refugee crisis gripping the European Union “all America’s fault”? That is how my critique of US foreign policy was characterized in a recent interview on the Fox Business Channel. I do not blame the host for making this claim, but I think it is important to clarify the point.

It has become common to discount any criticism of US foreign policy as “blaming America first.” It is a convenient way of avoiding a real discussion. If aggressive US policy in the Middle East – for example in Iraq – results in the creation of terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda in Iraq, is pointing out the unintended consequences of bad policy blaming America? Is it “blaming America” to point out that blowback – like we saw on 9/11 – can be the result of unwise US foreign policy actions like stationing US troops in Saudi Arabia?

In the Fox interview I pointed out that the current refugee crisis is largely caused by bad US foreign policy actions. The US government decides on regime change for a particular country – in this case, Syria – destabilizes the government, causes social chaos, and destroys the economy, and we are supposed to be surprised that so many people are desperate to leave? Is pointing this out blaming America, or is it blaming that part of the US government that makes such foolish policies?

Accusing those who criticize US foreign policy of “blaming America” is pretty selective, however. Such accusations are never leveled at those who criticize a US pullback. For example, most neocons argue that the current crisis in Iraq is all Obama’s fault for pulling US troops out of the country. Are they “blaming America first” for the mess? No one ever says that. Just like they never explain why the troops were removed from Iraq: the US demanded complete immunity for troops and contractors and the Iraqi government refused.

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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to assuage Israel’s fears of potential Iranian and Syrian aggression, during talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that also addressed concerns over Russia’s military buildup in Syria.

The two leaders agreed on ways to prevent an unintended confrontation between Israel’s military and Russian forces deployed in Syria, Netanyahu told Israeli reporters after the talks, the Haaretz daily reported.

Netanyahu told Putin that Russia needed to know that Israel would take action to prevent these weapons transfers and thus it was important to make sure there were no misunderstandings between their military forces.

During the talks, they agreed on such a mechanism, the Haaretz report said. “It’s enough to imagine the alternative — a dangerous confrontation with Russia, and dealing with these misunderstandings after the fact — to understand the importance of this visit,” the Israeli newspaper quoted Netanyahu as saying.

comment: There is a pattern here of Russia becoming the good guy in the fight against Isis as opposed to U.S. acting with indecision and complacency from when Isis was first formed to topple the government in Syria. This is a strategy gone wrong and if Russia is successful at all and starts appearing as the strong and  acting nation, there will be a great loss of credibility for the U.S.

Although I have listened to tirades against the current administration foreign policy, it really isn't appropriate to launch any personal vendettas against any single person or branch of government.

A weak and less than effective response to Russia's continuing ambitions to expand its territory and influence is creating a growing threat to the Baltic States and other areas. The same general policies can be seen in dealing with China, who continues to increase its presence and control in the South China Sea. They have now  set up a military base on an island they have taken, and now guard the air space over.

It is time  for some of the people in power in Washington to wake up and smell the international coffee and get more  involved  in the Syria conflict, instead of just watching  Russia gain more influence and power in the Middle East.

When the situation in the Ukraine became more serious, the contingency plan for a possible U.S. / Military conflict was reviewed and updated for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

See next post.

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http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/09/18/exclusive-the-pentagon-is-preparing-new-war-plans-for-a-baltic-battle-against-russia/

For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. Department of Defense is reviewing and updating its contingency plans for armed conflict with Russia.

The Pentagon generates contingency plans continuously, planning for every possible scenario — anything from armed confrontation with North Korea to zombie attacks. But those plans are also ranked and worked on according to priority and probability. After 1991, military plans to deal with Russian aggression fell off the Pentagon’s radar. They sat on the shelf, gathering dust as Russia became increasingly integrated into the West and came to be seen as a potential partner on a range of issues. Now, according to several current and former officials in the State and Defense departments, the Pentagon is dusting off those plans and re-evaluating them, updating them to reflect a new, post-Crimea-annexation geopolitical reality in which Russia is no longer a potential partner, but a potential threat.

“Given the security environment, given the actions of Russia, it has become apparent that we need to make sure to update the plans that we have in response to any potential aggression against any NATO allies,” says one senior defense official familiar with the updated plans.

comment: Some are taking this a lot more seriously than is being stated in the media. The potential for a conflict here is a reality.  When you start putting military ground and air forces close together in a highly volatile situation - it is dangerous.

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http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/15/9329321/syria-civil-war-360-degree-video-virtual-reality

A Syrian news agency has published a new report that allows viewers to see the devastation of Syria's civil war in 360-degree video. As French newspaper Le Parisien reports, the video was shot by a Syrian journalist in the northwest city of Jisr al-Choughour, near the country's border with Turkey. The images were captured between May and July, using a six-camera system, and were then optimized for virtual reality (VR) headsets by Paris-based Okio Studio.

Jisr al-Choughour has been the site of ongoing bombing and fighting in Syria, which has been engulfed in civil war for four years. As of 2011, there were about 40,000 people living in the city, though many have since fled. In April, Syrian rebel groups seized control of the city from the government of President Bashar al-Assad, though as the video report shows, nearly all of it has been destroyed. Since war broke out between Assad and opposition groups in 2011, more than 200,000 people have been killed.

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VR is a cutting edge technology we have been working on for years. Much of it has been used by the military, but it will soon be present and used by the media in reporting world news - the real news - as it happens.


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The damn Russians helped Assad to assemble his chemical weapons stockpile.  We caught Assad with tons (yes, TONS) of VX and sarin nerve agents.  

One pinhead-sized drop of VX on your skin is lethal.  

If DAESH gets ahold of that material, it won't be good.
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On Sunday, we noted that Washington’s strategy in Syria has now officially unravelled.

John Kerry, speaking from London following talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, essentially admitted over the weekend that Russia’s move to bolster the Assad regime at Latakia effectively means that the timing of Assad’s exit is now completely indeterminate. Here’s how we summed up the situation:

Moscow, realizing that instead of undertaking an earnest effort to fight terror in Syria, the US had simply adopted a containment strategy for ISIS while holding the group up to the public as the boogeyman par excellence, publicly invited Washington to join Russia in a once-and-for-all push to wipe Islamic State from the face of the earth. Of course The Kremlin knew the US wanted no such thing until Assad was gone, but by extending the invitation, Putin had literally called Washington’s bluff, forcing The White House to either admit that this isn’t about ISIS at all, or else join Russia in fighting them. The genius of that move is that if Washington does indeed coordinate its efforts to fight ISIS with Moscow, the US will be fighting to stabilize the very regime it sought to oust. 

Revelations (which surprised no one but the Pentagon apparently) that Moscow is coordinating its effortsin Syria with Tehran only serve to reinforce the contention that Assad isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and the US will either be forced to aid in the effort to destroy the very same Sunni extremists that it in some cases worked very hard to support, or else admit that countering Russia and supporting Washington’s regional allies in their efforts to remove Assad takes precedence over eliminating ISIS. Because the latter option is untenable for obvious reasons, Washington has a very real problem on its hands - and Vladimir Putin just made it worse.

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-27/us-ropes-china-join-russian-military-syria-while-iraq-strikes-intel-deal-moscow-tehr

China is fighting Uyghurs in Syria, Russia is fighting Chechens in Syria. Iran and Iraq are joining the Assad regime.

Sure enough, Russian media now says that according to Russian Senator Igor Morozov, Beijing has decided to join the fight. Here’s Pravda (translated): 

According to the Russian Senator Igor Morozov, Beijing has taken decision to take part in combating IS and sent its vessels to the Syrian coast.

 

Igor Morozov, member of the Russian Federation Committee on International Affairs claimed about the beginning of the military operation by China against the IS terrorists. "It is known, that China has joined our military operation in Syria, the Chinese cruiser has already entered the Mediterranean, aircraft carrier follows it," Morozov said.

 

According to him, Iran may soon join the operation carried out by Russia against the IS terrorists, via Hezbollah. Thus, the Russian coalition in the region gains ground, and most reasonable step of the US would be to join it. Although the stance of Moscow and Washington on the ways of settlement of the Syrian conflict differs, nonetheless, low efficiency of the US coalition acts against terrorists is obvious. Islamists have just strengthened their positions.

 

As Leonid Krutakov told Pravda.Ru in an interview, the most serious conflict is currently taking place namely between China and the US. Moscow may support any party, the expert believes, and that is what will change the world order for many years.



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Will IS(IS) be pushed towards their "sponsors" Gulfstates and Turkey, and pushed out of Iraq and Syria ? That would give Russia a higher oil-price, the Chinese already have long-term contracts with Russia and Iran. Egypt and Jordan might join that "peace keeping" intervention. "The West" has a choice, change "partners" or be pushed out of the Middel East. 

Turkey has in the north, on the other side of the Black Sea, the Ukrain. In the south-east Syria, Iraq, Iran. The Ankara government will have to reconsider its position. Gulf States are already so fragile that a large influx of refugees would mean the end of the status qua for their corrupt regimes. 

The recent Mecca-pilgrimage disaster (due to an unexpected royal showing up ? http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mecca-hajj-stampede-road-closures-saudi-arabia-king-salman-blamed-eid-al-adha-catastrophe-1521183)) only makes things worse for the Saudi-kingdom. Their war in Jemen (after the KSA intervention in Bahrein in support of the Sunni-elite) is not going as planned. 
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On the American side, when American Foreign Secretary Kerry made a conclusive statement in the last few days saying that President Assad has to go, but the timing of his departure is negotiable, he formally confirmed that the American green bottle has fallen off the wall. In the blink of an eye, world leaders within the Anti-Syrian Cocktail rallied to shamelessly echo those same words, clearly indicating who is their boss, and clearly presenting that they do not have minds of their own. We shall look at the Russian side later on.

Merkel, Hollande, and even Australian Foreign Minister Bishop made similar announcements, but none was more pleasing to the ears of Syrians more than the one that came out of the mouth of Erdogan himself.

A few days before any of this, and in a recent interview on “Redline” on Sputnik Radio, I was asked by the host Andrew Korybko what game is Erdogan playing now. My response was the name of the game is “game over”.

Not only has the “Anti-Syrian Cocktail” fallen apart, but in a twist of fate, all of its key players are having serious problems of their own, and thus all the green bottles are falling off the wall.

The main green bottle we need to watch out for after the USA is no doubt Turkey.

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