Russia, USA and ISIS: Who’s on First?

Abbott and Costello had a great baseball comedy routine call “Who’s on First?” When you try to unscramble what nation is backing what faction in Libya, you understand why the sell programs at ball games. You can’t tell the players without a program. The Middle East is exactly that for the majority of those who tune in the news. Now add to that confusion the fact that you are also reluctant to trust a liberal progressive administration to be making the best choices. Russia, on the other hand, seem to know exactly where it is going and how it is going to get there. Such absolute clarity is sorely missing in the United States of America. Read more below.

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As Written By Nancy A. Youssef, The Daily Beast:

U.S.-backed rebels are cheek by jowl with al Qaeda—giving Russian jets an excuse to bomb the hell out of them.

In the last week, Russia has stepped up its attacks in northern and western Syria, and the U.S. has cried foul, claiming Russia is only pretending to target terrorists.

“Despite claims they are focusing on [al Qaeda in Syria] and [ISIS], Russia and [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad have primarily targeted the moderate opposition,” a U.S. intelligence official explained to The Daily Beast. “Moscow’s offer of joint operations with the United States [against ISIS] was a blatant attempt to deflect attention from his targeting of moderate opposition, and sadly, innocent Syrians trying to survive the disaster Assad has created. By continuing to back Assad, it appears Moscow has squandered the opportunity presented by the cessation of hostilities to stabilize the situation in Syria.”

Russia has a completely different version of this story. The Kremlin says some of the U.S.-backed rebels not only work with al Qaeda but refuse to sever the relationship. Therefore, it is not Russia’s fault that U.S. allies are working so closely with a terror group and that Russia accidentally strikes U.S.-backed rebels in its the war against extremists in Syria……

Full Story Here:

Russia Pounds the Achilles’ Heel of America’s ISIS War – The Daily Beast

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  • Bull_Snake

    I won’t go into the entire Islamic history and its history
    with the US. However to talk of radical Islamist is foolish. In 1786 Jefferson
    and Adams went to London on a peace mission only to find out that according to
    the envoy from Tripoli the Koran commanded Islam to convert, kill, or subjugate
    the non-believer. This is as much a part of Islam as baptism is a part of
    Christianity. Sometime back I heard a clip by Mr. West in this regard as he
    recited the battles that demonstrated that Islam is not a religion of peace.

    In regard to Syria what do we want? I for one can understand
    Russia’s position, we know Assad we do not know these other groups. Is Assad
    the new Benjamin Franklin, hardly but better the devil you know than we one you
    don’t, as we have seen with ISIS vs Hussein. So in this area we may find
    ourselves more in agreement with Putin than might be popular. That is a bigger
    issue.

    So often we fight the last war rather than fight the current
    one. Reagan called Russia the evil empire and we seem to think they still are.
    New flash Putin actually got elected, we fostered a coup in Ukraine throwing
    out the elected president so who is leading the way towards democracy in that
    area. Clue not us. Is Putin a James Madison, no but neither is he Stalin. Is he
    a threat to Ukraine or the Baltic states? No, he took the Crimea because that
    is where the Russian navy is based. Remember we took a carrier battle group
    into the Black Sea so Russia has a right to be a little more than a little
    nervous. We conduct naval exercises in the Baltic and expect Russia to sit back
    and ignore the provocation. While when they send a destroyer to South America
    we get up in arms. You think maybe we are acting like a couple of school aged
    boys figuring out who can urinate on the wall higher than the other?

    If Putin had wanted to take Ukraine he could have and there
    would have been little we could have done. The people of the Donbas area asked
    him to take over that area and he refused. He is not a dictator and if you ask
    most Russians they are duly proud of what he has done. Don’t go off on how he
    controls the country’s information because that is straight BS. There is a lack
    of control on the Internet and unlike here most of the people there are
    multi-lingual and have access to all sorts of different news sources.

    I think it would be wise on our part to take a real breather
    and try to see Putin more as a new guy at the democratic method of politics
    than a recast of old communist leaders. His personal hereo is not a communist
    leader but Peter the first. So let’s try to work with him and Russia as much as
    we try to work with China and any number of other countries.