"Four U.S.-led coalition jetfighters targeted last night one Syrian army camp in Deir Ezzor with nine missiles, where three soldiers were martyred and 13 others wounded," the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"Syria strongly condemns this blatant aggression which uncompromisingly contradicts the goals and aims of the United Nations," the statement said, calling on the Security Council to "immediately intervene to take necessary measures in order to prevent any other recurrence."
The US denies the charge, but the denials are hardly persuasive.
The Security Council will not take those "necessary measures." Moreover -- and this is the telling part -- none of Obama's right-wing enemies will criticize him for helping ISIS. Cruz, Rubio, Bush: None of them will offer one word of complaint. Hell, even Trump won't do it. Neither the NYT nor Fox will say "For shame, Mr. President."
I know what America is. America is a thing that can be controlled.
The thing is -- Russia can't. That's why I embedded the video above.
Fucking beautiful video. We might as well have a good singsong and a laugh. Next time US warplanes target the Syrian army, maybe the Russians will try to uphold the UN charter and shoot them down. That could be tomorrow. It could be later today. It could happen before I finish typing this. No shit. No shit at all. Good luck with 'controlling' the US!
posted by b : 8:52 AM
What a morale booster it will be for American pilots when they realize they are flying as the air force of ISIS and Al Qaeda. The internal contradictions of the bogus war on terror will be increasingly difficult to ignore, even for the sleepy corporate media.
" Russia’s defense industry has completed tests of a new flying command center capable of maintaining full control over the country’s armed forces in the event of a global disaster or nuclear war. Russia and the US are the only two nations to possess a command center of this kind."
"The airborne strategic command center aboard an Ilyushin Il-80 aircraft, a modification of the Il-86 wide-body jet airliner, has successfully completed testing and will be ready for operations by the end of 2015, Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) said."
"The operational deployment of the airborne center is indispensable in situations when there is an absence of ground infrastructure, and in conditions where communications from ground facilities have been disrupted.
There's a long time between now and the end of 2015, but I think the Russian message here to US decision makers is clear: "First strike? Just you try it!"
It is Russia, not the US, that is more advanced at knocking out communications. Anyone interested in this should read the statements by Keir Giles of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), as reported for example in Chris Baraniuk's piece for the BBC, 26 Oct 2015, Could Russian submarines cut off the internet? Provoking Russia seems idiotic and could only be done by US leaders who are either insane or who want a nuclear apocalypse to give the world's population a major "haircut".
@Gareth - There's probably a website where you can keep up on the morale in USAF and find out how they view the idea that they're helping Daesh (ISIS), if you want to.
I sometimes go to the British "Army Rumour Site" ARRSE to stay informed about morale in the British army. It's "independent" but obviously an in-company PR job and an interesting example of how memes are manipulated top-down by people who know what they're doing and who encourage community participation and a self-conception among the punters as active and to-the-point, outspoken, humorous, anti-bullshit, part of the team but with a no-messing individuality within limits, etc. That's how I know that many British soldiers are itching to fight a war against Asians and Muslims in Britain itself, and that for British soldiers who are above the lowest levels the main target for contempt and hatred is still the working class (of any ethnicity), especially in Britain but also not just in Britain but in the world. The outlook is a fascinating mixture of intelligent lucidity, albeit professionalised, and prejudiced hate-ridden stupidity. Hello the psychology of basic training and personal development, army-style.
I'm keen to know more about morale in the US armed forces, but haven't got time to do everything.
Morale in the general population in Russia is mostly sky-high and pro-Putin.
Anna Arutunyan's book The Putin Mystique is reasonably informative if not wonderful. Some features of psywar change while others stay constant. Some of Daesh's psywar tactics make me think of the Mongols, although it is not as if Daesh is a separate sovereign organisation any more than the US is. In Russia, the mystique and charisma of the leader is a military asset. There is no obvious replacement and militarily this factor says don't hang about too long for the start of the world war. World war itself is surely understood to be inevitable. Indeed in terms of psywar it has already started, in a sense that is way beyond McCarthyism and Cominform. Who seriously thinks that once the confrontation starts they're going to turn the DEFCON knobs down again like they did in November 1962?
posted by b : 1:15 PM
President "wrong way" Obama continues his policy of "regime change", a policy, that proved so successful for he and Hillary in Libya. Further, Obama has re-established the cold war, but unlike before, when the experience of WW II was fresh in the mind of the voters, with the Soviets sharing in the guilt, this is an All-American construction, that has no natural moderators. We no longer have a democratic form of government and so, the elites will play as they did in 18th century Europe...to the very last peasant.
The Russians have put the empire in a tough spot because they're effectively demonstrating - with both video and photographic evidence - that ISIS is knowingly being funded and armed by at the very least NATO member Turkey, and in all likelihood with the full blessing of the apex of NATO power, US/Israel. From realizing the governments of the west created ISIS to realizing who's really been behind the terrorist attacks suffered in the west is not too far a leap of logic, even for the average brain-dead American.
The Paris shooting precipitated a state of emergency and increased militarization of French and Belgian society, whereas the San Bernadino shooting effectively silenced any dissemination of the fact that the Russian Federation had essentially proven that the oil stolen by ISIS in both Syria and Iraq was being transported into Turkey on trucks belonging to Bilal Erdogan, but how many terrorist attacks can "ISIS" pull off before more blogs and more people begin to question not only their timing, but also their provenance? Will the media be able to keep things under wraps when the Russians sink Erdogan's tanker ship as soon as it arrives in Ashkelon and then backs it up with satellite tracking of the entire operation? How long can the media keep the people in the dark in this environment?
The censorship of alternative news sites and the theories they engender can't be far off, because once the hot war really starts the suppression of dissent can't be far behind. It's been fun while it lasted, however...
Gareth......the corporate media is paid well to do exactly that, ignore the obvious and continue to issue government sanctioned press releases.
posted by Gus : 2:54 PM
Thanks for the reprise of the brilliant Tom Lehrer. The Jews have given us so many great individuals, it's refreshing to be reminded. They're kind of like the Germans that way. Damn, I wish Abbie Hoffman was still alive.
posted by Anonymous : 3:32 PM
One US general has previously described the quality and sophistication of Russian electronic warfare as 'eye-watering'. And then there's this account:
"The US destroyer USS Donald Cook, equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles entered the neutral waters of the Black Sea on April 10, 2014. The purpose was a demonstration of force and intimidation in connection with the position of Russia in Ukraine and Crimea. The appearance of American warships in these waters is in contradiction of the Montreux Convention about the nature and duration of stay in the Black Sea by the military ships of countries not washed by this sea. In response, Russia sent an unarmed bomber Su- 24 to fly around the U.S. destroyer. However, experts say that this plane was equipped with the latest Russian electronic warfare complex. According to this version, Aegis spotted from afar the approaching aircraft, and sounded alarm. Everything went normally, and the American radars calculated the speed of the approaching target. But suddenly all the screens went blank. Aegis was not working any more, and the rockets could not get target information. Meanwhile, Su-24 flew over the deck of the destroyer, did battle turn and simulated a missile attack on the target. Then it turned and repeated the maneuver. And did so 12 times."
posted by fred : 3:55 PM
Read that Chuck Hagel asked Susan Rice for a written explanation of who we were fighting and who were our allies. White House demanded his resignation as Defense Secretary.