My boys can mess up anybody else’ boys!
In a speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Pres. Obama expressed his displeasure with Russia’s intervention in the Syrian Civil War. At one point even making a laughable attempt at bragging; ‘I lead the strongest military the world has ever known.’
A statement only a petulant child could appreciate.
However, there is some amount of fire behind the smoke flowing from Pres. Obama’s large ears. His annoyance takes some explaining, as it doesn’t on the surface seem to make much sense.
If you accept the conventional wisdom of Western Snooze Media, it is to be believed that ISIS is the only ‘bad guy‘ in the Syrian Civil War. It is also to be believed that the current leader of one of the most notorious dynasties of butchers in the Middle East, Basher al-Assad is a ‘nice guy’; simply because he speaks French, listens to Shania Twain music and has a ‘hot’ wife who also is a fashion plate.
The connections between Assad and ISIS are simply ignored, as is the blatantly obvious fact that ISIS’ advance into a Northern Iraq just far enough to reach the Iranian border and then halted; because that was their only purpose for invading Iraq; to establish a logistical land link from Iran to Assad’s front lines in Syria.
Mission accomplished, ISIS held fast and did not advance into Southern Iraq or make any attempt to invade Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait, or Saudi Arabia. Nor incidentally, did ‘Sunni’ ISIS make any moves to attack ‘Shiite’ Iran. And, this is a key clue, since Shiite Iran backs Alawite(Shiite) Assad.
From then on, the non-ISIS affiliated rebel forces came under attack by both ISIS and Syrian forces loyal to Pres. Assad. Little to no combat engagement have occurred on any appreciable scale between Assad’s forces and ISIS.
However, this ‘triangulation’ strategy did not close the deal on defeating genuine Syrian rebel groups anymore than bringing and bleeding dry the ranks of Hezbollah in support of Assad in Syria.
Assad’s ace in the hole which he ironically is not in control of is Russia’s naval installation in Latakia Province, Syria. It is the last of the former Soviet bases outside the borders of Russia. It is also the last remnant of a Russian naval presence in the Mediterranean.
Pres. Vladimir Putin is hellbent on keep that base at high cost if necessary. This is why, after Assad & Hezbollah along with Iranian forces failed to secure Syria, followed by the failure of ‘all conquering’ ISIS to do so, even when unmolested by any of the aforementioned pro-Assad forces, Pres. Putin finally decided to intervene with Russian troops, tanks and tactical strike aircraft.
The Russian are also building the naval and air installations it holds in Latakia Province, giving Putin more ‘skin in the game’.
It makes however, no sense for Russia to invest blood, toil and treasure in this effort simply to lose it in post-civil war Syrian attack on Israel, in which Israel responded with heavy air strikes and perhaps a ground invasion of Syria as they did in 1973.
It’s therefore plausible to conclude that Moscow has made a deal with Damascus stipulating that Russia will end the Syrian Civil War on Assad’s behalf, in exchange for Assad not participating in or allowing proxy forces to bring on a general war with Israel which threatens Russian installations in Latakia.
For Assad, it is a win in that he will remain in power indefinitely with Russian bases and forces in Syria as an ironclad insurance policy against any adversary including the United States.
Iran’s Mullahs and Hezbollah of course, are on the losing side of any such agreement as their single focus of existence is wiping Israel from the earth. The Assad regime is vital to both as a supply & arms depot for just that purpose.
However, Putin’s influence in pressuring the world community and Pres. Obama in particular to make the deal giving Iran’s Mullahs nuclear weapons, is a feeding hand Tehran cannot afford to bite.
And, this of course brings us to what Pres. Obama is so annoyed with Putin about. The two Middle East leaders Obama first reached out to upon becoming President was Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and President Basher al-Assad of Syria; two allies as close as Britain & America in the Shiite Jihad against Israel and the West. Obama penned personal letters to both men.
In addition to the Iranian Nuke Deal surrender by Obama, he also remained stone silent and refused to support Iran’s attempted Green Revolution, quite in contrast from his hopping right in bed with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
When the initial protests against the Assad regime in Syria broke out, precisely the same policy of stone silence was observed by the Obama White House, and it has continued ever since aside from lip service to world opinion, such as the false Red Line on the use of WMD by the Assad regime.
As well, the alleged intent to train and arm legitimate Syrian rebels, which after hundreds of millions spent over three years, have produced a grand total of five trained rebels because Pres. Obama never had the slightest intention of arming any Syrian rebels capable of overthrowing Assad.
The common thread between Assad, Iran and Pres. Obama is their mutual hatred for Israel. Syria and Hezbollah on Israel’s doorstep. When Obama referred to ISIS as the ‘JV Team’, this is more likely what he was really referring to.
Everything Obama does in Middle East policy, is laser beam focused on the humbling of Israel. Obama needs Hezbollah and their many thousands of rockets as a knife at the throat of Israel. Without Assad, their can be no Hezbollah, without Iran’s support prior to the Syrian Civil War Assad could not have endured.
That support has failed to defeat Assad’s domestic enemies however, and despite however much Obama would like to, intervening with U.S. forces on the side of Assad would trigger a political meltdown in the United States not seen since Watergate.
Pres. Putin saw this opportunity to move in and fill that role, which Iran failed at, and Obama cannot assume under the guise of ‘the cavalry’ riding in to save Assad and his lovely wife Asma from the ISIS horde.
Russian boots are on the ground in Syria an they’re there to stay. Putin has now solidified a Russian military presence in the Levant, and on the Mediterranean Sea.
In addition to ISIS and every other Syrian rebel group, Pres. Obama and Iran will also the biggest losers of the Syrian Civil War.