When White House spokesperson Josh Not-So Earnest states Russia is playing checkers and not chess, well, he reflects an abject delusion of the Obama administration for which he speaks. ~ Allen B. West
Written By Allen B. West:
The word morass is defined as “an area of muddy or boggy ground and a complicated or confused situation.” If there’s one word to explain what’s resulting in the Middle East from President Obama’s “pivot strategy,” it is morass. Now, there are those who truly believe the situation’s completely under control and should be allowed to develop as it is. There are those who feel it’s perfectly fine Russia’s filled the void created by a politically-driven, ideological bent — not sound foreign policy.
What’s happening in the Middle East is Russia, who has not enjoyed influence in the region for some 30-40 years, is now the essential military power in a part of the world where respect is earned by strength and might. Rhetoric has no regard or credibility in the Middle East. Therefore, when White House spokesperson Josh Not-So Earnest states Russia is playing checkers and not chess, well, he reflects an abject delusion of the Obama administration for which he speaks.
As reported by Fox News:
Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia’s air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region.
Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters a U.S. aircraft flying over Syria had to be rerouted to avoid a Russian fighter jet at least once.
“We have taken action to maintain safe separation,” Davis said, adding that the U.S. aircraft “changed path a little bit.” He did not disclose which type of U.S. aircraft was involved.
U.S. officials tell Fox News the drone encounters took place over ISIS-controlled Syria, including its de facto headquarters in Raqqa, as well as along the Turkish-Syrian border near Korbani. Another occurred in the northwest, near the highly contested city of Aleppo.
“The first time it happened, we thought the Russians got lucky. Then it happened two more times,” said one official. The U.S. military’s MQ-1 Predator drone is not a stealth aircraft. “It is easy to see a predator on radar,” said one official.
We shared with you last week the incident of a Russian general delivering a “letter of demarche” advising the U.S. to cease flight operations in Syria. We also reported to you the statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that he expressed a concern over “unintended incidents” occurring in Syrian battlespace. Last week, we explained to you what “deconflict” means, considering how many different types of aircraft are flying Syrian airspace right now — uncoordinated: Russian, American, Turkish, maybe Syrian, and potentially Israeli. Who owns this airspace? And don’t forget, the United States has not declared war against Syria, heck, we haven’t done so against ISIS. So Syria, a sovereign state, has every right to allow the shooting down of U.S. aircraft flying in its airspace. And there’s even word that Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi may grant airspace rights to Russia to fly combat operations against ISIS in Iraq.
And who is playing checkers, Mr. Earnest? …….
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