Sunday, October 4, 2015

Michael Witney on Putin in Syria

It's a bit too much "Rah-rah Putin" for my tastes, but, as such, it serves as a useful antidote to the sickening, murderous hypocrisy of US political and media elites of all stripes, when they talk about Syria.
But while the Obama administration is frantically searching for a strategy, Putin’s air-squadrons are unleashing holy hell on the sociopaths, the head-choppers and the other assorted vipers that comprise the Islamic State.  And Mr. Putin is getting plenty of help too, particularly from the crack-troops in the Iranian Quds forces and from the ferocious militia that defeated the IDF in two separate conflicts, Hezbollah, the Army of God. 
...In other words, he’s going to bomb these jokers into oblivion and let Quds brigade and Hezbollah mop up afterwards. There will be no Russian boots-on-the-ground. The Russian airforce will get precise intelligence on ISIS locations from Syrian agents on the battlefield which will minimize civilian casualties and limit damage to critical infrastructure. It will also make mincemeat out of anyone on the receiving end of the bombardment. Does anyone seriously believe that  ISIS and the disparate rabble of “moderate” throat-slitters that receive CIA funding are going to be able to withstand this impending onslaught?No way. Putin’s going to cut through these guys like a tornado through a trailer park.  Yes, ISIS has had some success against the bedraggled Iraqi and Syrian armies. But now they’re up-against the A Team where they are clearly out of their league.  Rolling up these cutthroats is going to take a lot less time than anyone figured.
Recently, the USA's leaders have exhibited complete and utter shamelessness, launched a brazen assault on our collective intelligence, by warning Putin that bombing will only increase the number of refugees fleeing Syria and that "collateral damages" from bombing might create more new terrorists than it kills. [!]

Let's assume though, that Whitney's predictions in that essay come true. Putin, Iran and Hezbollah kick the shit out of the CIA's and the Saudi's psychopaths and the war is over. What happens next? Hundreds of thousands of Syrians return home. All of them grateful to Putin, Iran and Hezbollah (and China). And what will they think of us? Only as a bunch of whining, hypocritical scumbags who refused to take them in in their hour of need out of paranoid bigotry and fear.


Anonymous said...

....and referring to them et al as a "barbaric culture".
We're winning the war of "hearts and minds" over there the same way the u.s. did in Viet Nam sans the agent far. Oh, wait! Not enough green stuff to pour it on! Don't forget, Thwap, that the u.s. considers a successful bombing raid hitting a wedding or a hospital. At least Putin IS hitting military targets.
I'm not putting Vlad up for sainthood here, but he did run the KGB which isn't like taking orders from Chicago south-side clowns and thinking you're a tough guy or going on myriad photo ops with a totally vetted crowd with a full beer glass and poofy hair and trying to seem like you're not the village idiot.
I still trust Putin ore than I do harper.

thwap said...

Putin is a gangster.

But he's a relatively isolated, weaker gangster. Therefore he has to play smarter. Obama (who I think more and more is a stuffed-shirt and a teleprompter) has forced Putin's hand by simultaneously starting a crisis on Russia's very border and then attempting to weaken and humiliate him in the Middle East by attacking a regional ally of his and thereby threatening the loss of Russia's major naval base.

Decent-minded people in the West who say "A pox on both their houses" are basically saying to let the USA does what it wants, everywhere and anywhere. Because those people aren't going to stop Washington. The only thing at present that is going to stop Washington are other powerful actors.

Putin and China are not close to the power of the USA and NATO. But they're nothing to be trifled with. And really, all the USA (and Israel) are brave enough for at this moment, are trifles.

Anonymous said...

If what I read is true (gawd knows who to believe these days), Russia actually has more operational nukes than the u.s., or so the article says. They also, again in articles I've read allegedly by u.s. military personnel say-so, have superior fighters to anything the y.s. has and a supposedly far superior missile defense system so I think they're more than a bit capable of really fucking with the u.s. and probably not "winning" but sure as hell leaving a huge footprint behind in whatever future we may have if anything really does go wrong with o-bomb-a and nutty yahoo.

thwap said...

Regardless, they're powerful. So are the Chinese.

And it's insane to poke them, just so the USA's megalomaniacal leaders can pretend tehy dominate everything.

You know, the French and teh English really didn't want to go to war in 1939. The idea was insane to them. it only made sense to one deranged militarist who had hoodwinked enough Germans to vote for him.

He thought he could settle scores and use war as a tool.

After WW2, everyone knew that it was insane to think the Great powers could fight each otehr again. it was against their self-interest.

since the end of the Cold war it seems the Waashington elites have forgotten those truths.

My keyboard is stupid.