The plot twists, the hanging endings, how do the writers do it?
Rebels with the Free Syrian Army repelled an offensive mounted Wednesday by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in central Syria, destroying 10 government tanks — despite coming under repeated Russian air assault, their leaders claim.
But they say front-line militias fending off a Syrian government ground offensive in the countryside near Hama need more U.S. assistance and are critical of what they claim is a reversal in American policy to establish a safe haven in the northern part of the war-torn country.
Free Syrian Army leaders say they thought they had an agreement on a buffer zone weeks ago and are mystified U.S. officials are now saying publicly that an American-enforced no-fly zone is a no-go.
Tu’mah expressed frustration — as well as confusion — over the Obama administration’s position on establishing a buffer zone in northern Syria — one that would be secure from Syrian airstrikes. He claims U.S. officials told them during the summer that a buffer zone would be established — part of a deal with the Turks for the use of the NATO airbase at Incirlik in southern Turkey by U.S.-led coalition warplanes to strike Islamic State extremists.
“It is very strange indeed …suddenly the Americans said there was no agreement at all,” he told VOA.
We live in very strange times, Tu’mah. (If an imposter shoud try to pass himself off as this guy, would people say “It’s not a Tu’mah”?)
American warplanes have been told to stay well away from Russian jets:
Since Russia began its military operation in Syria last month, U.S. pilots have been ordered to change their flight paths if a Russian plane is within 20 nautical miles.
As Russian warships rain down cruise missiles as part of its military strike in Syria, there’s now a glaring absence in the region: For the first time since 2007, the U.S. Navy has no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.
Here’s their excuse:
Military officials said Thursday that they’ve pulled the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is home to about 5,000 service members and 65 combat planes, so that it can undergo maintenance. The ship officially exited the gulf around 11 p.m. ET. The temporary measure is also the result of mandatory budget cuts.
Obama has turned tail and sailed, and he’s trying to blame Republicans? I haven’t seen an American run this fast since Bob Hayes won gold at the Tokyo Olympics. And which lie is the correct lie, that the ship all of a sudden needs maintenance, or that they can’t afford to keep it afloat? I guess they’ll have to scuttle it, right? Create an artificial reef (since all the natural ones are dying from global warming)?
Not to give away the season finale, but everybody knows that Russia is doing the chinless ophthalmologist’s bidding: eliminate all opposition except ISIS, then say to Obama, “Now, whaddya gonna do?”
This is what the new Russian sphere of influence looks like:
Russia is a paper bear, an origami bruin. Held together by scotch tape and bailing wire, funded only by oil revenue (today, half of its recent high), fielding an army of those few men who are not blinded by vodka or bed-ridden by TB or HIV, it is not built for the long haul.
And maybe that’s Obama’s strategy. Back off and wait for the barroom bully to pass out in his own sick. Except for those people who get hurt in the meantime, it just might work.
PS: Remember, we were once for Assad before we were against him:
And if you think I posted that picture solely to ogle Mrs. Chinless’ divine neck and shoulders, you know me too well. You don’t have to be Joe Biden to want to paw that flesh.