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Obama Scrambles To Create “New ISIS Narrative” After Putin Embarrasses Washington

  Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/27/2015 21:35 -0400 One of the most amusing things about Russia’s headlong plunge into Syria’s five-year conflict is the extent to which it effectively represented Moscow calling time on Washington’s strategy of seeking to bring about regime change in the Mid-East by intentionally destabilizing otherwise strong (if not always benign) governments. Until September 30 – which is the day a three star Russian general strolled into the US embassy in Baghdad and informed the staff that airstrikes in Syria begin “in one hour” – Washington, Riyadh, Ankara, and Doha seemed perfectly content to simply wait around for one group of rebels or another to finally succeed in taking Damascus. In the meantime, the US embarked on what one might call a “containment” strategy as it related to ISIS – the idea, basically, was to keep Frankenstein confined to the lab, but not to hit the monster hard enough to render it ineffectual in the fight to destabilize the Assad government. Once Assad fell, the US would march in and “liberate” the country before promptly installing a puppet government – with the help of the Saudis of course. All of that changed when the Russians arrived in Latakia. Once Moscow’s warplanes began to turn the tide in favor of the SAA with the help of Hezbollah ground forces and the IRGC, Putin promptly moved to blow...

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Week Twelve of the Russian Intervention in Syria: Zag!

THE SAKER DECEMBER 26, 2015 In last week’s review of the Russian military intervention in Syria I wrote that Kerry had lost every single negotiation he ever had with the Russians and that he had a record of agreeing to A only to come back to the US and then declare non-A. This time again, the Americans did not change their modus operandi, except that it was Obama himself who declared, yet again, that Assad must go, resulting in some commentators speaking of a “White House Schizophrenia”. Others, however, noted that this could be simply a case of face saving denials. Personally, I think that both of these explanations are correct. There is no doubt that Obama is an exceptionally weak, and even clueless, President. The man has proven to have no vision, no understanding of international relations, his culture is minimal while his arrogance appears to be infinite – he is all about form over substance. This is the ideal mix to win a Presidential election in the USA, but once in the White House this is also a recipe for disaster. When such a non-entity is placed at the top of the Executive branch of government, the different part of government do not get a clear message of what the policy is and, as a result, they each begin doing their own thing without worrying too much about what...

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How Daesh has changed Iran-Russia relations

Tehran, Dec 24, IRNA – The emergence of Daesh (the so-claimed Islamic State), subsequent of the Syrian crisis, has changed the nature of Iran-Russia relations from a historical passive context to an active situation based on the necessity of enhancing regional cooperation for preserving their geopolitical interests. This change can create a kind of political equality in the two sides’ relations, consequently adding to the significance of Iran in the regional and international equations. Beyond immediate security threats, the emergence of Daesh has triggered new geopolitical rivalries at regional/trans-regional levels namely between Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey on the one hand, and Russia and the West on the other. Although all these actors have currently made fighting against Daesh a top priority of their regional policies, one should accept that there exists in parallel a geopolitical rivalry among them to fill the possible power vacuum in the region especially in Syria. On the one hand, the American-led international coalition, comprised of Western powers and conservative Arab regimes of the Persian Gulf and recently Turkey, is bent on fighting Daesh and simultaneously toppling the Assad regime in Syria. On the other, the opposite Iranian/Russian-led coalition, comprised of Iraq and Syria, and supported by China, holds that the sole way to defeat Daesh is to bolster the state system in Syria and keep Assad in power, at least in the course...

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Sy Hersh Blockbuster: Top US General Ignored Obama, Led Secret Plot to Protect Assad and Bring Russia Into Syria War

Steven Rosenfeld  (Alternet)  Wed, Dec 23, 2015 Originally appeared at Alternet President Obama’s top military commander secretly orchestrated intelligence sharing with military leaders in Germany, Israel and Russia to thwart the president’s policy to remove Bashar Assad from power in Syria and lay the groundwork for Russia’s military entrance into the Syrian civil war, because he believed Obama’s anti-ISIS strategies were hopelessly misguided. That is just one of the astounding takeaways from a 6,800-word expose by venerated investigative reporter Seymour M. Hersh, that was just published in the London Review of Books. Hersh, whose sources include top senior aides to the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, which commands all U.S. military forces, also described in great detail how Turkey’s president Recep Erdoğan has deceived the White House by siding and arming ISIS and other extremist Islamic militias in Syria, in a gambit for Turkey to emerge as a regional power akin to the Ottoman Empire. The broad contours of this cloak-and-dagger tale were confirmed by Saturday’s Democratic Party presidential debate. One of the key foreign policy questions was whether the Syrian dictator had to be removed to defeat ISIS. Bernie Sanders said no, voicing the same argument Hersh reported was put forth by recently retired Joint Chiefs chairman Martin Dempsey: removing Assad would create a vacuum that Islamic extremists would fill. Ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Assad had to go, but intriguingly noted...

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NATO Survey from 2013 Reveals 70 Percent of Syrians Support Assad

‘Assad must go’ says the West – but do Syrians want him to? Dok in Allgemein  (Die Propagandaschau)  Wed, Dec 23, 2015 Originally Appeared at Die Propagandaschau. Translated from the German by Susan Neumann “Dictator”, “regime”, “ruler who kills his own people.” This is the kind of rabble-rousing sophistry that the German “Lügenpresse” (lying press) uses to demonize the government of the legitimate Syrian President, who refuses to cow tow to the global dictates of the United States. Therefore this leader must be eliminated through the use of violence and terror. German “journalists” have prepared, aided, and willingly participated in the cover up of a crime which has resulted in thousands of deaths and unimaginable misery. What the German lying press has deliberately withheld for years is the immense support that the Syrian president enjoys among the Syrian people today. There have been repeatedly large demonstrations in support of Assad. If these demonstrations were anything but supportive, he would not have been able to endure as Head of State for as long as he has. The latest survey by [a U.K.-based market research firm, ORB international, from June 10 to July 2] reveals that, out of those parts of the country surveyed, 47% of the people are behind the President. This was an inconvenient truth which was purposefully kept quiet by the warmongering [German] press. But that’s not all. As early as May 2013, NATO had gathered its own...

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