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Afghanistan Asking Russia for Help?

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

Obama’s failed leadership has created a vacuum which is being filled by Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Ashraf Ghani asked Russia for artillery, small arms and Mi-35 helicopters to bolster Afghan Security Forces. Since Obama is hell bent on retreating from the world, Russia will gladly take on the lead role in fighting terrorism and selling weapons to Arab allies. Afghanistan sees that Obama is ready to abandon them both militarily and financially which allows for the growth of its enemies, first the Taliban and now ISIS.

The Taliban is the main threat to the fragile Afghan government. The principal threat to the Taliban and main rival for control is the jihadist-expansionist Islamic State. ISIS will fight any opposition to their plan, at this point, most likely a plan to surround Iran. Whereas the Taliban wishes to restore its power in Afghanistan, ISIS wants to incorporate Afghanistan into the Caliphate. Russia is concerned that an unstable Central Asia will pose a direct threat to its own border. Putin’s strategy is to destroy ISIS in the Middle East before the terror group can reach the Russian homeland. China may have to join the fight if Pakistan should be invaded by ISIS forces from Afghanistan.

After seeing what Russian forces hope to accomplish in Syria, the Afghan government believes a potential alliance may finally solve the Taliban problem and drive out ISIS terrorists. They would consider assistance from their former enemy in order to fill the void caused by Obama’s retreat. Obama has pledged to leave behind 5,500 troops after January 2017, down from his earlier promise of 10,000. It’s hardly a surprise that Obama’s failed policy has left the country in one Hell of a mess.

The Iraqi people are also seeing an alliance with Russia as a possible savior. Outside of the Kurds they are taking on ISIS directly and effectively. The first American killed fighting ISIS was Master Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler. Wheeler was killed when the U.S. military agreed to provide five helicopters and a number of ground troops to support a Kurdish-led mission to rescue 70 hostages. U.S. involvement was authorized because it was consistent with America’s mission to train, advise and assist Iraqi forces. However the Iraqis had hoped to see direct action which Obama will not authorize.

Afghanistan and Iraq aren’t prepared to go it alone. And as both countries are familiar with Russian weapons, they are willing to bank on Putin being a more reliable ally than Obama. In an extraordinary reflection on the reliability of Barack Obama, Afghan Prime Minister Abdullah would prefer to rely on Russia, his nation’s former enemy, than depend upon the American president when the chips are down.

Could there possibly be a more blatant expression of mistrust? As the Commander and Chief of the most powerful nation in the world, Barack Obama should be mortified by such treatment. Interesting the number of obscure definitions the hyper-arrogant Obama must apply to shame.

Obama’s Syria Problem

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

It’s been over 1,500 days since Barack Obama tried to extend the failed Arab Spring into Syria. He called for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in order to hand over the country to the Muslim Brotherhood. But to Obama’s chagrin, Bashar al-Assad is still there. Russian President Vladimir Putin, well aware of Obama’s weakness, took advantage of the opportunity to directly intervene in the Syrian Civil war.

The Administration naïvely believed that Russia would assist the cobbled together alliance of western allies in their fight against the Islamic state. Unfortunately, Obama and Kerry don’t understand or don’t care that Russia will do what is in her own best interest. That is why the President and Secretary of State have looked like fools over the last few months in their dealings with Iran, the Islamic State and Syria. They have simply not been acting in the best interests of America.

Russia, however, is playing the long game by moving into Syria. Putting an end to the rebels and keeping al-Assad in power will provide Russia with financial, military and geo-political advantages. If Putin does manage to drive the Rebels, al-Qaeda and the Islamic State out of Syria, it will solidify Russia’s position in the Middle East. Obama, of course, was hoping the crisis would resolve itself. Although words may be nice, actions speak louder. Obama would have been better off calling “Wag-the-Dog” Clinton for advice.

Russia went into Syria to protect its interests in the region. If that meant keeping al-Assad in power, so be it. The Administration hoped Putin would not involve himself in Syria. But when did Russia ever seek anyone’s permission or consider another’s wishes prior to moving into another country? Syria provides Russia with a warm weather port and a foothold in the region.

Putin’s first order of business is to eliminate the organized rebels fighting the al-Assad regime. That includes all rebel forces, for as long they are breathing it will complicate Russia’s interests. Of course Putin’s one hour notice for Western forces to vacate Syria before bombing anti-Assad forces disturbed the heck out of America’s Nobel Peace Prize “winning” president. The One was upset that Putin didn’t make him look important-or even relevant-by first asking permission.

After its first Air Strike, the White House was quick to accuse Russia’s air campaign of attacking non-ISIS rebel targets, including the Christian Killing, “moderate Muslim,” Free-Syrian Army backed by Obama. Such are the sub-humans American tax payers are supporting, thanks to the president. They are, of course, no better than the Child-raping Animals in Afghanistan.

The Administration accused Russia of propping up the murderous Assad regime. Obama was hoping the Russians would coordinate target selection with the western allies before carrying out missions. After all, Mullah Obama doesn’t have the backbone to tell the Turks to bomb ISIS targets instead of the Kurds, who are fighting ISIS.

Don’t be surprised to hear the Russians tell members of the western alliance to stay out of Syrian Airspace. Already well limbered-up from caving in to the Iranians, Secretary Kerry will no doubt readily agree to remove American jets from Syrian airspace. After all, the Pentagon didn’t ask Assad for his permission to violate Syrian airspace in the first place!

When Military spokesman Col. Steve Warren was asked who was targeted during the Russian Air Strike he didn’t know. His response was “We don’t believe that they struck ISIL targets, so that’s a problem.” He seemed to have no idea whether the airstrikes took out Al Qaeda-aligned terrorists or the Free Syrian Army.

Downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 a story of claims and counterclaims

By Jim Emerson,  staff writer

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile (SAM) over Grabovo, Ukraine and crashed near the Russian border killing all 298 souls on board. The national/political identity of the SAM battery that attacked the commercial airliner is unknown at the time of writing.  The finger pointing, accusations and conspiracy theories are currently noise disguising the truth. Even the so-called recording of pro-Russian separatists is of questionable origin. Russian military intelligence would be unbelievably—that is, implausibly–sloppy to permit discussion of a civilian shootdown over unencrypted communications. (1)

New York Times reports that two witnesses near Grabovo claim to have seen the SAM launch in the area of Snizhne, a separatist city which has been heavily bombed by the Ukrainians for the last several days.  (3) Heavy overcast in the launch area made it unlikely that anyone could have seen the airliner being struck. It’s possible the Airliner just happened to fly into contested airspace unaware that it was on a route similar to those flown by Ukrainian warplanes. The theory that trigger happy separatists shot down the airliner believing it was a Ukrainian military aircraft would appear to be plausible.

Escalating Tensions
Moscow and Kiev have claimed the airliner was brought down by a SAM fired either by pro-Russian militants or Ukrainian Defense Forces. In the belief that separatist rebels were not sophisticated enough to deploy a SAM, Moscow has been charged with engineering the shootdown. It’s also possible that the operators of the SAM battery were defectors from the Ukrainian military and that their lack of radar tracking ability from a centralized long range air defense network from Ukraine or Russia would account for their mistaking a Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 for a Ukrainian An-24. The overcast on that day would have made visual identification difficult, perhaps impossible.

Russia has accused Ukraine of deploying long S-300 SAM batteries to counter the ability of Russian warplanes to provide air cover for the separatists. A Ukrainian official charged the jet was downed by a Buk (SA-11 or SA-17) surface-to-air missile system which is Russian-produced, medium-range SAM equipment (NATO designation SA-11 or SA-17). The Ukrainian S-300 system was also manufactured in Russia.

Until the area has been secured and investigated by a politically impartial team, we will continue to be inundated with speculation and theory.

(1) http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/17/malaysia-airlines-passenger-jet-shot-down-over-ukraine/
(2) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10974050/Malaysia-Airlines-plane-crashes-on-Ukraine-Russia-border-live.html
(3) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/world/europe/malaysia-airlines-plane-ukraine.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Banner&module=span-ab-top-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1

Putin continues military buildup as he ignores threats from America’s weakling leaders

by Jim Emerson,  staff writer


Adopting the strategy of the Cold War the Obama administration has adopted the long-term approach of containment. The new strategy against Russia is basically the Alinsky strategy, isolate, ridicule, pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Not a good idea to attack someone who has a few nukes to toss around. (6)

To isolate, the Pentagon is sending troops to Poland for training exercises to reassure Eastern European allies that the United States will help to defend them from Russian aggression. A company sized contingent of 600 American troops will also be heading to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia for training exercises. The US and NATO presence will form a perimeter in the hope of isolating Russia from Europe. 
In addition to ground forces Air Force fighters are being deployed in Poland. (1)

Analysts have indicated that the deployment will be a symbolic gesture that will have little or no impact on the Ukrainian crisis. The Pentagon insists that the troop deployment is in direct response to the buildup of Russian troops near the Ukraine boarder.


Six Russian Su-27s Flankers and support aircraft have been deployed to Bobruisk airfield inside Belarus. Placing aircraft in Belarus serves to beef up Belarus airspace and relocate Russian aircraft within close proximity of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. This will place Russian forces close to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Belarus is friendly to Russia and is concerned that NATO may be a potential threat to its sovereignty. President Aleksandr Lukashenko invited the Russians as a deterrence to NATO encroachment. (2) Belarus would make a great location for short range missile strikes since European missile defense was disapproved by Mr. Obama. Putin is warning the Ukrainian government against attacking civilians in eastern Ukraine. (5)

Deja Vu

Reporters were excited this week when Russian aircraft encroached on the airspace of several NATO countries. (3) Fighter Jets were launched to intercept and escort Russian TU-95 Bears. Despite the timing of events, these are routine missions flown to test various nations’ air defenses. However, unless the Russians have permission they rarely violate the countries airspace. The Russians use the turboprop bombers for the purpose of conducting airborne surveillance of NATO air defenses.(4) After the fall of the Soviet Empire, Russians still conduct surveillance flights off of the east coast of the United States and Alaska. It’s nothing new.

Our own State Department’s resident buffoon Jonh Kerry and the public housing Kenyan Muslim’s daily condemnation and threats against Putin are the remaining Alinsky tactics. Such threats serve no purpose to someone who has more support among his own people than Mr. Obama has in America. Obama’s history of hollow threats regarding Syria, Egypt and Iran has damaged his and America’s credibility on the world stage.

1.    http://rt.com/news/belarus-planes-nato-poland-594/
2.    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Security-Watch/2014/0423/US-troops-arriving-in-Eastern-Europe.-Is-it-more-than-symbolic-video
3.    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/23/russian-bombers-buzz-uk-airspace-jets-scrambled-ch/
4.    http://news.sky.com/story/1247985/raf-jet-chases-russian-planes-away-from-uk
5.    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-24/obama-says-u-s-ready-to-move-on-russia-sanctions.html
6.    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/what-containment-really-is/