sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A(nother) Loss for Team Obama

Team Obama vowed that Assad would topple and that would usher in a new era of peace and tranquility in Syria. He set red lines, he boasted of a 65 nation coalition, yada-yada-yada. Turkish officials reportedly visited Riyadh this week to discuss a Sunni Muslim intervention force for Syria. The force would establish a safe zone on the Turkish border. Saudi defense officials also are to attend a NATO meeting in Brussels this week to discuss the Saudi proposal.

The Russians are laughing. (having dropped Barack's trousers once again)

The Turks and Saudis appear desperate to try to keep Aleppo under opposition control. Aleppo’s capitulation would virtually end the organized opposition in western Syria. ISIL and militant groups affiliated with al-Qaida. At the recent pace of the offensive by the Syrian government and allied forces, the Turks, NATO and the Saudis appear to have missed the opportunity to rescue the Syrian opposition forces in western Syria.

While all this was going on, Syrian and allied forces continued their offensive to encircle Aleppo. Several news services reported that Aleppo is effectively cut off from any high volume line of communication to Turkey. A million people are trapped in Aleppo, according to one credible report.
Russia’s ambassador to Syria said that the Russian air task force’s operation has destroyed plans for a military solution to the Syrian crisis, meaning the overthrow of the Asad government by force. He said all sides involved are aware that there would be no quick fall of the Ba’athist government.
The Guardian reported that the opposition fighters in Aleppo said they are counting on the military support of those Arab states whose leaders said they will send ground forces to Syria to save them from defeat at the hands of Russian bombers and pro-Asad militias.
For the first time, the New York Times described the security situation as a developing into a rout of the opposition forces north of Aleppo. 

A factor that has been neglected in most press coverage is that Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have been important combatants in the fighting north of Aleppo. On the 8th, they captured several towns in coordination with the Syrian government forces and with Russian air support. The Russians are making good on their promise to cut Turkey off at its knees. As for the opposition fighters in Aleppo, the likelihood that the Arab states would deploy a ground force capable of rescuing them is vanishingly small. Russian air superiority has deterred even the Turks from executing their plan to create a safe zone in northern Syria.

I hate to see US policy so effectively stomped, but I have become accustomed to it. 

America, purveyor of firearm sales to Mexican cartels in Operation Fast and Furious, and to the Syrians through the Benghazi Consulate - the exposure of which prevented Hillary from sending help on 9/11-12/2012 since dead men tell no tales - creates consequences that a five year old could predict, but not Barack and Hillary, his imp.  

We have become the gang who can't find its ass with both hands. What a disgrace. I'm not saying that our foreign policy was correct in Syria, but once we had a vague notion of what needed to be done, we should have done it if for no other reason than to save face.
P. S. Please, no matter what, don't give the nuclear launch codes to senile old Bernie Sanders. Just don't. Not ever.