Friday, October 2, 2015

Russian Roulette

The Russians are bombing anti-Assad forces in Syria.  The US and its European allies that have been trying to overthrow Assad for the last couple of years, since the start of the "Arab Spring", are pleading with the Russians not to bomb "the good rebels", i.e., the non-ISIS forces.

Now we have the various presidential candidates and dolts like McCain calling for a "no-fly zone" to protect our "allies".  Dolts be doltin'.  The anti-Assad forces are like the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda elements in Egypt and Libya.  It's Assad who has been allied with the Russians and Iran.

Caution: unorganized ramblings ahead.  I am just thinking out loud.  

So, we just negotiated a ridiculously stupid deal with Iran because we want Iran's help against ISIS.

We wanted to overthrow Assad because he added stability to the region and didn't bother Israel?  I don't know, but we wanted him out.

We want to "degrade" ISIS after we abandoned Iraq and continue to refuse significant aid to the Kurds.

We went after Al-Qaeda because they were responsible for 9/11, but we supported Al-Qaeda affiliates in Libya against a non-threatening government under Khadafy and now in Syria because they are fighting (maybe) ISIS.

In Libya, our "allies" turned on us and brutally murdered our ambassador and three other Americans while we refused to send a single A-10 to help.

If the military hadn't taken Egypt back from the Muslim Brotherhood, God only knows what kind of a mess we'd be seeing there.

We may have been involved in arming what are now ISIS forces in Iraq.  Certainly we have done nothing significant to disrupt them,and our bombing runs there are a joke.

Is it just me or is this the most FUBAR approach to Mid-East foreign policy imaginable?

If we arm anti-Assad rebels and help them take down Russian planes, or, if we try to impose a no-fly zone against the Russian Air Force, we are a frog's hair from a very big, very hot war.

Give the impending global depression, the governments of the world may have decided that is the only way out. 

Adding this worthy commentary on Putin's UN address from David Stockman.


  1. The only consistency Obama seems to have is that he always goes with the worst possible plans.
    Superb analysis, Mush.

  2. "Is it just me or is this the most FUBAR approach to Mid-East foreign policy imaginable?"

    Nope, not just you.

    The only thing that make sense to me is this explanation I read on ZH. The Russians want Assad in power so that the Saudi/Qatari gas pipeline won't be built through Syria. Such a pipeline would hurt Gazprom's European market share.

    So we wanted Assad out to help our "allies" the Saudis but really didn't want ISIS to fill the vacuum. So we found the 5 guys in Syria that really weren't so horrible but they got captured/bombed/killed.

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it.