Russia and the World in Which We’re Now Living (Thanks, Obama Voters!)


So, Russia appears to have targeted some U.S. allies in Syria…

Human rights groups say Russian airstrikes in Syria targeted US-backed rebels on Thursday, as a new report claims hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived for an upcoming ground offensive. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims the targets of Russian airstrikes included US-backed group Tajamu Alezzah.

… after giving the U.S. one-hour notice (at our Iraq embassy) to get out of the way:

On Wednesday, US diplomats in Baghdad were reduced to the role of meekly receiving a message. Russian air strikes on targets across Syriawould commence in one hour, their visitor told them. For the safety of all concerned, it would be better if the US Air Force stayed out of the way and suspended its own bombing campaign in Syria.

Russia denied the targeting…

‘The rumours that the target of these air strikes was not IS positions are unfounded,’ Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists in New York on Thursday after meeting his US counterpart, John Kerry.

… but then again, Russia denied it was moving in on Ukraine.

Hey, remember when President Obama and the New York Times mocked Mitt Romney for calling Russia a “geopolitical foe”?  Be sure to pay attention to the consequences of believing that partisan spin and reelecting Obama.

  • Mike678

    Abdicating leadership has consequences. My fear is that the appearance of weakness often leads to war.

  • Max

    He’s presided over the rise of ISIS, the Taliban, soon to be Iran and Cuba, and now Russia. How’s that working out for us.

    • Raymond Carter

      Hope and Change worked out well-for Putin and Shia theocrats.
      You notice nobody makes Palin jokes anymore?

  • Rhett Hardwick

    Who could imagine that any country the size of Russia (or China) would not plan to be a major player? They have both been making large investments in projecting power; the general media gives it only passing mention. To keep track of it, you need to be a fan of Proceedings of the Naval Institute, or similar. India also sees itself as a warrior nation, we will be hearing more from them. They think of the Indian Ocean possessively.

  • ShannonEntropy

    My one Geo-political Wish … that V Putin was OUR President. And that Obozo was Russia’s

    • Rhett Hardwick

      If only that drunk Gorbachev hadn’t sold out all of Russia’s assets to the oligarchs it might have been a different story. Sad to say, Putin does seem to have more “sand” than the only president I have. Of course, I do wear my ear protectors right side up. Do you think his style is more macho, or fear of sagging jowls? Oh my, “macho” that is Hispanic lingo isn’t it, or is it just “street slang” now? I notice that he seems to use a “head and shoulders” target, similar to the FBI’s. I wonder if he will wear that suit to a meeting reeking of smokeless powder? That tends to intimidate people. My geopolitical wish? That Putin would get a better tie.

      • ShannonEntropy

        Don’t criticize Vlad’s tie to his face … or you might end up wearing charcoal pants and a smoking jacket if you get my drift ☻

        • Rhett Hardwick

          A friend has a Chevy Impala and a plate that reads “VLAD”. Get the drift?

          • ShannonEntropy

            I have a friend who is a chemist. He drives a silver Mercury. Another pal is a proctologist. His ride ?? A brown Probe

      • ShannonEntropy

        My geopolitical wish? That Putin would get a better tie.

        What’s wrong with a silver-and-black rep-patterned tie ?? Very Statesman-like,, IMHO

        And the fact that Putin and Donald Trump both wear suits by my fave male fashion designer
        BRIONI — means they have the style that world-class leaders like them should exhibit to us hoi-polloi

        • Rhett Hardwick

          What’s wrong with the tie? Well, it is not as bad as the pizza pie ties I see on local politicians, but for at least 10 years the “power tie” is solid color. I believe that is what Trump usually wears. I notice I have yet to see Trump addressing supporters in an open shirt and jeans.

  • ShannonEntropy

    BTW … is it just me … or does Putin look just like the evil twin of Ilya Kuryakin from the oldThe Man From U.N.C.L.E. TV series ??

  • D. S. Crockett

    BHO is following a libertarian like foreign policy such as that advocated by Ron Paul except he refuses to explain his non-intervention stance as a leader should. Thus, 60-years of US foreign policy is overturned without explanation. The military-industrial complex crowd is having a hissy fit fearing American defense spending will eventually suffer as it did between the two world wars. While, I somewhat agree that non-interventionism should be America’s stance I am reminded that the America’s non-intervention gave rise to WW I and WWII. Will Obama’s withdrawal from the world stage plant the seeds for the next WW? Only time will tell, but BHO is a total jackass for not explaining the rationale of his decisions to the nation. The Honorable, David Crockett.