“The Russians are here to win the war; this is what everyone knows.” Ali Hashem, chief news correspondent for Al Mayadeen News Network, writing in Al-Monitor October 7, quoted these words from a Lebanese source of his. Yes, it’s absolutely true, and every witting person does indeed know it. After months of planning, Putin has gone in to win. Americans find that impossible to believe just yet, because our country has been at war during most of the years since World War II,— but not to win. Never to win. Just the opposite,— the wars into which the British Empire has thrown us, as through Barack Obama, have been perpetual wars aimed at chaos, population-reduction, and the destruction of the US. No-win wars. But nevertheless, Putin actually went in to win; he intends to win.
And today was the second day of a “vast offensive,” as the Syrian Army put it, in which Russian airpower has been directly supporting Syrian troops in combat for the first time.
And it’s not even the war as such. More important, the alliance has totally reinvigorated Syria.
Now, nothing is the same. Everything has changed.
What is now happening in Syria, and in reality much more broadly, is exactly what Lyndon LaRouche said had to happen. Everyone else said, “I agree it’s needed, but it can’t happen.” LaRouche was right. Now they’re saying that “Yes, Wall Street must be shut down,— I agree it’s needed,— but it can’t happen.” Who will be proven right in the end?
Lyndon LaRouche will. He addressed a meeting of associates in roughly the following terms today.
The Obama freakout is continuing to spiral out of control; everything he does is blowing up. There is panic in the White House: expect self-inflicted wounds and punishments. Obama must be brought down! Shut down Wall Street and you bring down Obama at the same time.
On the whole, US leadership is disgusting. Compare it with the morality which has come forth in Germany in response to the refugee crisis. If it were not for Putin, we’d all be dead. At its root, the problem of the US is that it is a crooked, rotten society. But at the same time, there are some Americans, such as some of our military flag-officers, who have an elevated sense of responsibility, which sometimes goes way beyond their formal responsibilities. Such as dealing with Obama.
Can you tell the truth to Obama? No. Merkel is more forthcoming, but it’s a close call whether she can stay in office, or else will find herself replaced by forces who would be far worse than even Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.
The problem is that the ideology of the Twentieth Century doesn’t function. The Twentieth Century has replaced morality by mathematics.
Now, Obama’s influence over Hillary Clinton is collapsing, and she’s abandoning him. He’s being rejected by Democrats and others; no one’s defending him. When we tell them he must be removed, instead of saying, “No,” as they did before, they say they agree, and ask how it can be done.
All of this was just there waiting to happen, until the moment when it was all triggered by Putin’s courageous action. What Putin has done is clear,— just look at his family background in World War II in the way he sees it. This is generally atypical for Europe. He is a man with a moral sense of purpose and a mission, who won’t be deterred or sidetracked. Putin is doing in Syria what LaRouche expected him to do.
Meanwhile, in the US Presidential selection-process, there is no single candidate who stands out as ready to do what is necessary. We need a process involving a number of candidates contributing to it. We have to build a unified Presidential team around a mission, rather than a personality.
Kerry is able to act in violation of Obama’s crazy policies because he knows that he has backing, and Obama has been rejected. Now, we must take it to the next step.
“The US Air Force and other parties have been conducting airstrikes for a year. We have reasons to believe that they don’t often hit terrorist targets, or rather do so very rarely,” Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, told RT.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said:
“The refusal to share intelligence on terrorists just confirms once more what we knew from the very start, that the US goals in Syria have little to do with creating the conditions for a political process and national reconciliation. I would risk saying that by doing this the US and the countries that joined the US-led coalition are putting themselves in a politically dubious position. The question is: which side are you fighting for in this war?”
Ryabkov said that Russia would do quite well without US intelligence, since it has plenty of other sources. “There are our own means of reconnaissance. We get intelligence from a number of other countries and coordinate its flow through the Baghdad information-sharing center,” he said.
Officials at the Pentagon and the State Department, reflecting the views of the President himself, made clear yesterday that the Obama Administration will not share intelligence with the Russians on ISIS, or cooperate with Russia against ISIS in any other way.
“I don’t know how you share intelligence when you don’t share a common objective,” said State Deaprtment spokesman John Kirby. The “common objective” that the Russians don’t share is the overthrow of Syria’s legitimately-elected President Bashar al Assad.
“If there are some forces that also have weapons in their hands and are on the ground fighting, as the coalition says, with the Islamic State, and they should not be touched, then wonderful,” said Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman. “Give the list, give the call signs of these people, tell us where are they located, explain why they shouldn’t be touched. Indeed, this information is not provided.”
The US response to the Russian offer is, in effect, “not on your life.” Unnamed US officials told the New York Times that the last thing they were going to do was provide coordinates for where American-backed opposition groups were, lest they be bombed by the Russians as part of Moscow’s alleged “effort to back Assad.”
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, while in Italy yesterday, went so far as to describe Russia’s strategy as “tragically flawed,” and claim that, therefore, the US could not cooperate with the Russian campaign. Carter said:
“We believe that Russia has the wrong strategy. They continue to hit targets that are not ISIL. We believe this is a fundamental mistake…We are not prepared to cooperate in a strategy which is tragically flawed, and that is why I said the United States is not collaborating with Russia.”
While the Obama Administration and its co-thinkers in the think-tank world in Washington squawk and complain about the Russian military offensive in Syria, it, in fact, is revealing serious Russian military capabilities that were previously little understood, if known at all. Daniel Fielding, staff writer for Russia Insider, makes the point succinctly in an article published yesterday. He writes that the missile strikes confirm two things: “(1) that the Russians again have demonstrated a capability that previously only the US had demonstrated; and
(2) that the coalition they have created with Syria, Iran, and Iraq is a fully operating reality, that is able to confer and agree on missile strikes.”
The critics complain that Russia could easily have hit the same targets using the aircraft that it has flying out of Latakia, but Fielding writes that “supplementing the aircraft strike force with long-range missiles greatly increases tactical flexibility, enabling a greater number of targets to be attacked.” That is, the missiles are appropriate weapons for going after large, fixed targets, freeing the aircraft to go after more mobile targets such as trucks or artillery. “Subsonic cruise missiles are exceptionally difficult to observe and track — and shoot down — so the element of surprise is increased. The Islamic State now knows it can be attacked anywhere and at any time — day or night — without warning.”
As for why from the Caspian Sea rather than the Mediterranean Sea, where the Russian Navy is maintaining a strong task force, Fielding writes, “The US has very powerful fleet and intelligence assets in the Mediterranean — as do US allies such as Israel. Launching their missiles from the Caspian Sea enables the Russians to do so without outside observation or interference.”
In Moscow, Col.-Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian General Staff, confirmed that the missile strike had been coordinated with both Tehran and Baghdad, as the missiles had to fly several hundred kilometers through those two countries’ air space to get to their targets in Syria. He stressed that all the targets had been properly analyzed using the data received from space and radio reconnaissance, communications interception, and photos made by UAVs. Data collected by intelligence of Syria, Iran, and Iraq, including human intelligence, was also used, and all of the targets were verified, according to a press release posted by the Russian Defense Ministry.
Syrian ground forces, in coordination with the Russian air contingent based in Latakia, have launched an offensive against Islamist militant groups in Aleppo, Latakia, and Hama provinces. News reports indicate that the offensive began Wednesday, following the cruise missile strikes launched from Russian ships in the Caspian Sea. The Chief of Staff of the Syrian Army, Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayoub, went on Syrian TV yesterday to report that the army has “taken the reins of military operations,” to form the 4th Assault Corps, in the aftermath of Syrian and Russian air strikes that have killed hundreds of terrorists in the three aforementioned provinces. According to the official SANA news agency, Ayoub announced that the Syrian armed forces started a large-scale assault today, aimed at uprooting the gatherings of terrorists and expelling them from the areas and towns which have been suffering the woes and crimes of terrorism.
According to the Wall Street Journal, citing a rebel commander in the area, the Syrian ground assault began at daybreak yesterday, on multiple fronts, with airstrikes and a barrage of rocket and artillery fire.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported today that its jets in Syria had hit 27 targets in 22 sorties overnight. “The [russian] bombers targeted eight militant strongholds in the province of Homs. The militants’ fortifications were completely destroyed by the strikes,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.