Adam Entous, writing at the Wall Street Journal, explains why Mr. Obama and his sycophants have earned the Louis Renault Award of the year, and possibly, the century, though it’s still a young century:
Russia has targeted Syrian rebel groups backed by the Central Intelligence Agency in a string of airstrikes running for days, leading the U.S. to conclude that it is an intentional effort by Moscow, American officials said.
What?! No! Intentional? The Russians? Vladimir Putin? Intentional? Surely not! I’m shocked! Shocked, that the Russians would do anything like that!
The assessment, which is shared by commanders on the ground, has deepened U.S. anger at Moscow and sparked a debate within the administration over how the U.S. can come to the aid of its proxy forces without getting sucked deeper into a proxy war that President Barack Obama says he doesn’t want. The White House has so far been noncommittal about coming to the aid of CIA-backed rebels, wary of taking steps that could trigger a broader conflict.
U.S. officials said Russia’s targeting of its allies on the ground was a direct challenge to Mr. Obama’s Syria policy. Underlining the distrust, the Pentagon decided against sharing any information with Moscow about the areas where U.S. allies were located because it suspected Russia would use that information to target them more directly or provide the information to President Bashar al-Assad ’s regime.
‘On day one, you can say it was a one-time mistake,’ a senior U.S. official said of Russia’s strike on one of the allied rebel group’s headquarters. ‘But on day three and day four, there’s no question it’s intentional. They know what they’re hitting.’
U.S. officials say they now believe the Russians have been directly targeting CIA-backed rebel groups that pose the most direct threat to Mr. Assad since the campaign began on Wednesday, both to firm up regime positions and to send a message to Mr. Obama’s administration.
No! Intentional? The Russians? Vladimir Putin? Intentional? Surely not! Oh, this is good:
The Obama administration briefly considered asking the Russians to avoid certain areas inside Syria held by moderate opposition rebels, officials said. But they set aside the idea when it became evident the Russians could use the information to more directly target America’s allies.
Well, at least somebody, when they were discussing asking the Russians–real nicely–to pretty please not obliterate the allies we’ve spent half a billion training–all four or five of them–figured that one out:
“So, maybe if we give the Russians these GPS coordinates, they’ll avoid bombing them…”
“Uh, maybe that’s not such a good idea, there, Bob…”
There have long been skeptics within the Obama administration and the Congress about the CIA’s arm-and-train program in Syria, reflecting doubts in both branches of government about the ability and the wisdom of trying to build an anti-Assad army from scratch.
You don’t say.
U.S. officials said Russian attacks could make it harder for the White House to keep antiaircraft weapons out of Syria in the future because rebel groups, left to struggle on their own, may reach outside of approved U.S.-backed channels for supplies.
‘These groups are talking about the possibility of introducing Manpads in an uncontrolled way into areas where al Qaeda operates to respond to the Russians since we won’t respond,’ said a senior U.S. official. ‘That’s the nightmare right now.
Oh, like those tens of thousands of Manpads that went missing after Hillary decided to turn Libya into a terrorist playground, and after ISIS seized billions in US weapons and equipment when they took over much of Iraq? Or the thousands seized by Islamists in other failed middle eastern states? Like those Manpads?
It’s virtually impossible to tell parody and satire from the real thing anymore, but that’s not all, no, no, no! Before reading this from Fox News, you might want to be sure your blood pressure meds are up to date:
Russian fighter jets have intercepted 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.
‘The first time it happened, we thought the Russians got lucky. Then it happened two more times,’ said one official.”
“One official” goes on to state the Predator is not a stealth aircraft and “it is easy to see a predator on radar.
Hmmm. Let’s review: predators are easy to see on radar. Russian front line fighters have powerful and sophisticated radars, yet these “officials” are surprised that the Russians can spot and intercept predators?
One might almost be tempted to think our leaders idiots, they actually want to harm America, or both. We can only hope that the next time they’re “surprised,” or shocked, or think our deadliest enemies got “lucky” that it won’t be in response to another 9-11–or worse.
NOTE: Louis Renault was the famous character in Casablanca who was shocked! Shocked! that gambling was going on at Humphrey Bogart’s Rick’s Café seconds before he tucked away his gambling winnings. Since then, he’s been synonymous with faked outrage.