In the aftermath of the so-called Paris Attacks, both the White House and the Pentagon claimed to have intensified US attacks against the Islamic State.
As always, such plans were preceded with intensified salivatic tsunami, too.
The Islamic State group’s ferocious attack on Paris will be met with “intensification” of the U.S.-led fight against the terror group, President Obama said Monday, but it will not fundamentally alter his strategy nor his reluctance to put more U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria.
“We have the right strategy and we’re seeing it through,” Obama said during the close of the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey.
“There will be an intensification of the strategy we put forward, but the strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work,” he said. “But as I said from the start, it is going to take time.”
All these highfalutin introductions were made after France, capitalizing on the growing anti-ISIS sentiments at home, undertook an intensified air bombings on its own against Islamic State in Syria, while sending its only nuclear powered aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, to the area.
Such standard US practice of talking first then acting later is a very stark contrast to the Russians who prefer to keep their cards close to the chest until the last minute.
The United States government is certainly, more than anything else, concerned about the preservation of its foregone exceptionalist glory, even if it takes hijacking other nation’s accomplishments.
US Media Shows Footage of Russian Airstrikes Passed Off as American
21:18 21.11.2015(updated 03:54 22.11.2015)
Earlier this week, the US government said it would intensify anti-ISIL airstrikes and bomb the terrorist organization’s oil infrastructure, which is ISIL’s primary source of income.
After that, on November 16, the US military said it destroyed 116 trucks carrying illegal oil in ISIL-controlled territories.
“On Monday, 295 trucks were in the area, and more than a third of them were destroyed, United States officials said. The A-10s dropped two dozen 500-pound bombs and conducted strafing runs with 30-millimeter Gatling guns. The AC-130s attacked with 30-millimeter Gatling guns and 105-millimeter cannons,” the New York Times colorfully described the US military operation that allegedly took place on November 16.
Well, it sure sounded like a major anti-ISIL operation in the wake of the Paris attacks. But so far, these are just claims, not backed by any evidence.
Two days later, on November 18, the Russian Air Force destroyed 500 oil trucks that had been illegally transporting oil from ISIS-controlled territories.
Unlike the US Air Force, which didn’t provide any video evidence from their alleged operation, the Russian Defense Ministry promptly released videos of what exactly happened to terrorists and how the operation unfolded.
On November 19, PBS NewsHour ran a program on ISIL and “showed” how their oil trucks were destroyed by US airstrikes.
It’s all fine and dandy, but the US public broadcaster used the footage of Russian airstrikes, passing them off as US airstrikes, without revealing the true source.
“For the first time the US is attacking oil delivery trucks,” the voice-over said between 2:30 — 2:35, while showing a clip of exactly the same video published by the Russian Defense Ministry the day before.
The PBS shows footage of Russian airstrikes against ISIL targets, passing them off as US airstrikes
The PBS program neither mentioned the Russian military operation nor revealed the source of the footage.
What the US channel did was just outright lying, because millions of viewers would certainly think the video footage showing the explosions of oil trucks was from US airstrikes about which the New York Times ran an article on Monday.
Here’s the actual PBS broadcast as uploaded in their own YouTube channel using Russian video above…
The green characters are evidently Russian.
Also notice the logo of the Combined Military Task Force behind the spokesman…
… and compare it to the Muslim Brotherhood patch…
This is a blatant mockery of the intelligence of the American people whose taxes were used to send hundreds of brand new Toyotas with mounted machine guns to the Islamic State oil enterprise.
Islamic State, of course, is just composed of recycled CIA organized Muslim Brotherhood, among other unemployed Arabs in the region and recruits from abroad.
Assuming that the US government has indeed a genuine desire to pulverize the Islamic State, which only benefited Israel and a few Washington chickenhawks, the evidently limited federal budget nowadays deters it from pursuing so.
It has no other choice but to fool the American people with bogus claims of it being at the forefront of the global fight against ISIS, in order to sustain the image of exceptionalism and relevance.
This is the most uncomfortable situation that the Home of the Brave is in, so far.
The Jury is Out and the G20 Shutters at the Verdict
Not so many noticed either, the “handwriting” gesture from Putin just before the casual meetup in front of cameras ended. It hit me last night like a scene from the Daniel Craig film Spectre, “the writing’s on the wall,” Putin had won. ISIL will soon be over. We still have a chance for world peace.
When ISIL terrorists slaughtered those innocents in Paris the other day, the extremists essentially beheaded themselves. The message has just not reached their feet I guess. Key to the power play in Cold War II, France and Germany had already bucked the traces of an Obama-Cameron led policy war on Russia. Mr. Hollande and Mrs. Merkel had already orchestrated Minsk II remember, and the Americas and Brits simply did not like that game.
Do you recall independent media chiming in on the EU-America disconnect coming? Well, it arrived via a horrid and ghastly event. The French people marching through the tunnels of the Stade de France singing their national anthem, even knowing another bomb could go off any second, this was a stunning reminder of how tough those people really are. Courage, dignity, Russian or French, Syrian or Kenyan, its face is unmistakable.
For Obama and the forces of “whatever” our president has been a force for, the final straw that broke America’s hold on Europe was at once subtle and unmistakable. I referred to the moment briefly, when I first reported about the Paris attacks the other day. New York Times and other western coverage showed it, bold as day, and in the face of anybody paying attention. The videos, the accompanying footage of, first the sirens and carnage, then Mr. Hollande’s message, and then Big Brother Obama brandishing his military, talking militarism and revenge, even before the dead were laid to rest. I did not realize it at the time, but it was a “highjack” attempt by the American president. Unlike Putin and the other world leaders, Obama simply had to upstage even the victims. His PR people, they are idiots.
Monsieur Hollande clearly did not appreciate the gesture, the lack of savoir-faire, if you will. The French, by order of their commander in chief, bombed the hell out of Al-Raqqah in Syria hours later. Moderates and US backed jihadists be damned, the message only became clear to me this morning, the writing gesticulation from Putin to a head down Obama meant “put that in writing Mr. Obama,” that your war on all these leaders is over for now. Looking at Putin with Angela Merkel at the G20, I could not help but admire her a bit.
The moderation, the standing in the middle of a shit storm of monumental proportions, Germany’s leader did her best for everyone. And she looked it talking to Putin, glancing down, tired, probably feeling the 175 year old she resembled. My colleague commented on seeing the photo, “Putin is consoling her, it appears. He seems to be saying it’s okay Angela, we are friends.” Maybe, just maybe this is how it all runs. Obama says “Minsk must be finalized.” Putin threatens to drop dime on 40 of the New World Order (NOW) funding the terror and killing. The game is up; they have no more moves left. He won, and I know how (read to the end). Oh yeah, he did that.
France just told the United States to take a hike. The NWO has been threatened with a big searchlight on their activities, Putin has them one step from pitchforks and plowshares across Europe, the Middle East, Australia and America. The people are not so stupid. Russia blistering ISIL in days not years, in the wake of a US campaign against desert ground hogs, the idiocy is with the arrogant exceptionalists. Putin played his cards close, close until it was time to call. He told an audience at the G20:
“I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products. The motorcade of refueling vehicles stretched for dozens of kilometers, so that from a height of 4,000 to 5,000 meters they stretch beyond the horizon.”
Even worse for the Obama administration, when US warplanes finally did attack an ISIL oil convoy in the deserts of Syria, it was another “hijack” attempt by Obama to appear effective alongside France’s bombings. Yes, no ISIL convoy or oil infrastructure attack has ever been conducted by the US led coalition. Only when France was ready to tell Obama to FO, did several US planes bomb the hell out of ISIL’s blood supply. And for a real kick in the pants, guess where a large portion of this oil goes? You already know the answer, don’t you?
Israel has more to do with Arab Spring and Syria’s civil war than ISIL does. Fully 75% of Tel Aviv’s oil comes from areas of Syria and Iraq partially controlled by ISIL. That says nothing for huge energy deals in the Golan Heights and offshore Israel, Lebanon, and Syria. Israel has been funding ISIL directly, through the purchases of energy sent through Turkey via pipeline and truck convoy. Putin has this info already, and he just announced he’ll lay it out if they keep pushing. The bottom line is, the US has been flying air cover for terrorists.
The implications of all this should have been clear to this writer the moment Vladimir Putin stepped off his plane in Ankara. Sorry to surprise you, but body language and human tendency can tell us a lot, especially about Vladimir Putin. Let me explain.
Video of Putin’s arrival to Turkey and the G20 is not extraordinary save one moment. Walking down the steps from the cabin door, Putin is met by two children in traditional garb and holding flowers.
Delighted, as per usual (Putin loves kids clearly), the Russian president bends down to embrace and kiss the little children. It is then, in a subtle but noticeable gesture so uncharacteristic of him, that his excitedness and anticipation of the meeting to come shows. Usually Vladimir Putin would linger at any presence of children, in deference to adults or any meeting etc. This time, albeit gently and tenderly, he stands to sweep past the little kids. Head focused ahead, after shaking some hands, Russia’s president boards the limo headed to his rendezvous. When I noticed this nuance, it made no sense to me. It does now.
Speaking to the G20 audience, Putin rounds up all the chaos we’ve witnessed these past 24 months. To Ukraine, he offers postponement and a no interest loan extension on gas debts owed. However powerful Putin’s play, and his message is though, the Washington alliance has is resilient in efforts to salvage the new Cold War game. Secretary of State Ash Carter voices the NATO bugle to draw European nations to the banner of America over Syria still. New French attacks on IS reverberates Hollande’s resolve, while Obama’s team shifts for an apparent back stab on Putin again.
It’s a vicious game of cat and mouse, school-yard nastiness played out on the world stage. My contemporaries comment often on “how can Putin bear to talk to them?” This brings me to the “why” of Vladimir Putin’s superiority over all these western politicians. Amid all the muck and mire of foreign policy recently, a simple truth emerges not many see. Putin and Russia have been on the up-and-up mostly, and defending the truth beats the shit out of defending a big, obvious lie. Russia attacked no one, NATO and the western oligarchs put the thumb screws to Russia, period. All the rest of this can be summed up in one sizzling bit of imagery. Imagine a Russian airliner landing safely in St. Petersburg. Then imagine Paris people leaving a concert, going out to dinner, then going home after a pleasant evening out. Instead of them being dead, gone, murdered by people America was supposed to be bombing to hell in back for 14 months! Imagine a couple of million refugees at home, playing ball, cooking dinner, maybe watching the TV.
Instead of seeing them on the television from the comfort of your home, cold, afraid, hungry, and alone, weary from having walked half way around the world to find safety. Beyond this, try and imagine a Muslim community in Western Europe that has been fully integrated, made part of the whole of nations here. In Germany, I try and imagine a village where the Turkish shop is not just some unique grocery shopping experience for Germans. The Lebanese restaurant owner, or any so-called “auslander” is not spat out like an epithet. Yes, an American in Germany sees these not so subtle colloquialisms. Where I come from they used terms like “nigger” or darkie, and more recently “wet backs” — oh how we Americans hate when those subjects are brought up.
Now imagine Vladimir Putin did not give the order to intercede in Syria. Imagine how powerful and far reaching ISIL’s reach would be, once the Levant became a sovereign state. You realize of course this was one reason for creating ISIL, don’t you? Syria partitioned a divide-and-conquer for energy titans to take advantage of.
And Americans learned to fear and hate Muammar Gaddafi. Thank God for Vladimir Putin. I pray he continues to win, the alternative is unthinkable.
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