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May 26, 2015

Lack Of U.S. Air Support In Ramadi Points To Disguised Darker Aim

Why were there so few U.S. air attacks on the Islamic State attackers when they took Ramadi?

The first excuse put out by the U.S. military was "a sandstorm ate my lunch". That excuse was placed as news in the NYT:

Islamic State fighters used a sandstorm to help seize a critical military advantage in the early hours of the terrorist group’s attack on the provincial Iraqi capital of Ramadi last week, helping to set in motion an assault that forced Iraqi security forces to flee, current and former American officials said Monday.

The stenographer writing the piece did not bother to ask eyewitnesses or to check with some weather service. The myth of the "sandstorm" was thus born and repeated again and again. But people looking at the videos and pictures from the fighting could only see a bright blue sky. The military, though not the NYT, had to retract:

Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters today that last weekend's sandstorm had not affected the coalition’s ability to launch airstrikes in Ramadi, though “weather was a factor on the ground early on.”

Now the U.S. military needs a new excuse to explain why it does not really bother to attack the Islamic State troops. Again it is the NYT that is willing to stenograph:

American officials say they are not striking significant — and obvious — Islamic State targets out of fear that the attacks will accidentally kill civilians. Killing such innocents could hand the militants a major propaganda coup and alienate both the local Sunni tribesmen, whose support is critical to ousting the militants, and Sunni Arab countries that are part of the American-led coalition.

The alleged restrain in in fear of killing civilians in bonkers. The few U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State targets, though not admitted, have already killed hundreds of civilians.

This excuse for not helping the defenders of Ramadi is also nonsense as many occasions for potential attacks, like the Islamic State parade in this picture, are in areas with no or few civilians around. Why are Islamic State fighters free to travel the roads between Syria and Iraq in mass?

Nether the "sandstrom" excuse nor the "fear" of accidentally killing civilians seem to be an explanation for the decision to not support the Iraqi troops against the Islamic State attacks. A sound explanation can be found in the 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency assessment, recently revealed, that says that the U.S. and the Gulf monarchies do want an Islamic State covering east Syria and west Iraq:

“… there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist Principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).”

In a recent Sunday show the neocon and former U.S. ambassador to the UN John Bolton put it on the record:

I think our objective should be a new Sunni state out of the western part of Iraq, the eastern part of Syria run by moderates or at least authoritarians who are not radical Islamists. What's left of the state of Iraq, as of right now, is simply a satellite of the Ayatollahs in Tehran. It's not anything we should try to aid.

The U.S. military in the Middle East is not helping the legitimate state of Iraq against the illegitimate Islamic State. It is shaping the environment so that it will allow for a delimited "Salafist Principality" in Syria and Iraq, mostly independent Kurdish areas and a rump state of Shia Iraq.

Not unrelated the Associated Press is running a home story about a nice, Islamic State financed, honeymoon in Raqqa:

The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa's restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream.

It was all made possible by the marriage bonus he received from the Islamic State group: $1,500 for him and his wife to get started on a new home, a family — and a honeymoon.

"It has everything one would want for a wedding," al-Homsi said of Raqqa ...

Who paid how much to AP for that  Islamic State recruiting advertisement?

The only sound explanation for the very, very limited air support the U.S. is giving to Iraq is its aim of dismembering the Iraqi state and creating a new Sunni state entity under its tutelage. The Iraqi government should finally recognize this and should stay away from U.S. advice and dependency.

Posted by b on May 26, 2015 at 17:31 UTC | Permalink


b, thanks again for connecting the dots for those who cannot see the obvious. 2 things:
1. As you are well aware, the US commentators on Col. Langs blog are busy deriding the Iraqi military for "running" away from Ramadi - forgetting the fact that 1. they were figthing for over a year against Isis advances, whilst the politicians in Baghdad were bickering over wether to send in the Popular Mobilisation Units into Anbar and the US failed to see Isis advance and carry out airstrikes. True the Iraqi army has issues but in Ramadi they did as much as they could and extracted themselves to fight another day - rather then be beheaded for the cameras. They also failed to see how the PMU are figthing against Isis and seem to believe Isis is the better force. They forget battles like Amerly and Tikrit - but no - those damn Shias cant do the job without US aircover - which 1. They dont want and 2. The US is not giving anyway. But hey only Team USA can kick a$$!!!

2. If the US and her regional lackeys have decided that a new Takfiri state needs to be created to wound Iran, whats there to stop Hezbollah - another highly efficient and military capable non state actor - to decide that enough is enough and create a state if its own joining it with the Western Syria thereby cutting the Harriri's out of power and Beirut a no go area for the seedy tourists from the Gulf? Whats good for the goose is good for the gander!

But in Iraq the Shiah Howza including Ay. Sistani have stated that they want a united Iraq - they will not allow Iraq to disintergrate under a Shiah dominated government - as Iraq never broke up under the tyranny of Saddam or the Hashemite monarchy nor the British. They are aware History will damn them if they allow this to happen.

Posted by: Irshad | May 26 2015 18:50 utc | 1

I wonder if "Syrian fighter Abu" (along with his wife and kittens and ice cream) gets bonus pay for eating the organs of dead Syrian gov't soldiers for the edification of islamist video junkies. I wonder if your garden variety editor of AP rags and cross-media sphincters would crawl over his mother to fuck his sister. I wonder ... I wonder ... I wonder ... boom! Who wrote the book of love?

Posted by: Some Guy | May 26 2015 19:26 utc | 2

thanks b.. excellent overview as always..

Posted by: james | May 26 2015 19:47 utc | 3

The Long War Journal, which is a project of the neocon Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, is bemoaning the arrival of the Popular Mobilization Forces to begin the counteroffensive to retake Ramadi.

This is the pickle the U.S. is now in. The Popular Mobilization Forces, what Irshad @ 1 refers to as the PMU, will triumph over ISIS. Abadi can longer sideline them without himself being sidelined by his parliamentary majority. What does not get mentioned enough in the MSM accounts is that the provincial government of Anbar requested the PMU, undercutting the U.S.-sponsored nonsense that the Shiite militias are purely a manifestation of Iran.

Don't be surprised if the U.S. "accidentally" bombs the PMU again as it did during the battle to retake to Tikrit.

Posted by: Mike Maloney | May 26 2015 20:10 utc | 4

The lack of US air support is exactly correlated with how big the US Empire wants ISIS to be, and where it wants its creation wants to spread. Kobani is the perfect example. Compare the US's unchallenged break out of Isis across Syria and through Iraq for the last four-ish years, and that makes Kobani standout like a giant warning sign telling everyone what they need to know. And that is the action on the ground understanding, which was there before the recent defence intelligence report just came out.
The US creates a bombing corridor through which they want Isis to be blocked off, or not bombed so to allow to spread, in addition with Military weapons support and money by itself and its allies.

Posted by: tom | May 26 2015 20:41 utc | 5

USA wants to block Russian and Iranian support, and 'manage' this conflict into the ground.

I think Russia needs to bully its way into lead position. I also think that strategically, the Anbar region should be bypassed, as ISIL basically serve as Sunni defenders so to speak. Consolidate the shia/Assad areas, take strategic points, then open negotiations. Ultimately peace in the region needs to be the goal.

I reckon that if ISIL can't bring the goods (an economy, services,etc), they'll be ousted eventually by the Sunni tribes

Posted by: DamascusFalling | May 26 2015 20:53 utc | 6

The jig is up already. Sheesh.

Posted by: Colinjames | May 26 2015 21:05 utc | 7


Who paid how much to AP for that Islamic State recruiting advertisement?

Al-CIAda. They can feed any journos with any amount of trash anytime, anywhere in the world, journos in their millionaire payroll a dime a dozen.

The only sound explanation for the very, very limited air support the U.S. is giving to Iraq is its aim of dismembering the Iraqi state and creating a new Sunni state entity under its tutelage. The Iraqi government should finally recognize this and should stay away from U.S. advice and dependency.

I made a similar assessment days ago on another thread, the true role of the US in Iraq is to do damage control management, as it happened in Ramadi with their protestations against using the PMForces or Units out of fear of exacerbating the Sunni/Shia row, paving the way for the fall of Ramadi. The Iraqi government is bartering with the devil allowing the US to play the phony part in their fight against IS.


2. If the US and her regional lackeys have decided that a new Takfiri state needs to be created to wound Iran, whats there to stop Hezbollah - another highly efficient and military capable non state actor - to decide that enough is enough and create a state if its own joining it with the Western Syria thereby cutting the Harriri's out of power and Beirut a no go area for the seedy tourists from the Gulf? Whats good for the goose is good for the gander!

If HA would have wanted to take Lebanon and create a state of their own, they could have done it long ago, they have the expertise, weaponry and military know-how, but Nasrallah is wiser than that. His protection so far has been that shell of a nation called Lebanon where he's been able to outwit his enemies and create a wall of resistance against the Zionist entity. And for the time being, that's where he would be, the best position for HA as a member of the Axis of Resistance, otherwise HA would lose its legitimacy against its main enemy, Israel, and as a defender of Lebanon and of Lebanese Shiites.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | May 26 2015 21:07 utc | 8


I reckon that if ISIL can't bring the goods (an economy, services, etc), they'll be ousted eventually by the Sunni tribes

You're dreaming - he who has the monopoly of force wins. Plus most Sunnis support and will welcome IS.

Posted by: okie farmer | May 26 2015 21:21 utc | 9

okie farmer: You're underscoring my point.

ISIL have support because they are the military for Iraqi Sunni. It's not unlike the Taliban for Pushtu in Afghanistan.

Why should Shia wage a wide-scale war of attrition over a region that historically isn't Shia? Better to kick the Isilstanis out of the areas they aren't welcome, rebuild those areas, and wait for ISIL to either collapse, or come to the negotiating table.

Posted by: DamascusFalling | May 26 2015 21:34 utc | 10

May 23, 2015 (Eric Draitser - NEO)
Ramadi and America’s Fracturing of Iraq

While Washington waxes poetic about the need to more forcefully confront ISIS and destroy its military and terrorist infrastructure, the actual policies it has pursued are designed to achieve just the opposite.
Since the US campaign against the group in Iraq began, there have been countless media reports of US weapons and supplies falling directly into the clutches of ISIS, succoring it at precisely the time that it has suffered heavy losses at the hands of Shiite militias in Iraq and the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah across the border in Syria.
This fact is critical to understanding the true motivation of Washington in this campaign, namely inflicting maximum damage on both ISIS and Shiite militias fighting it
Taken in total then, it seems that US strategy has been to overtly attack ISIS while covertly supporting it. Similarly, the US has claimed to be supporting, or at least collaborating indirectly, with Shiite militias connected to Iran. At the very same time, those militias have repeatedly claimed that US has bombed them deliberately. Such seemingly contradictory military objectives lead to the inescapable conclusion that US policy has been, and continues to be, chaos and fomenting war.
By ousting Maliki, the US once again pursued a policy of fragmentation, deliberately installing current Prime Minister Abadi who they knew would be weak, incapable of maintaining the unity of Iraq, and most importantly, amenable to US demands. As the NY Times wrote in the wake of the fall of Ramadi last week:

At the urging of American officials who sought to sideline the [Shiite] militias, Mr. Abadi… gambled that the combination of United States airstrikes and local Sunni tribal fighters would be able to drive Islamic State fighters out of [Ramadi]…But as the setback brought the Shiite militias, and their Iranian backers, back into the picture in Anbar,

Posted by: okie farmer | May 26 2015 21:35 utc | 11

Two Israeli F16s shot down over Yemen ???

This week two F16s were shot down over Yemen. When the wreckage was examined, both were found to be of types never supplied to an Arab nation, not Saudi Arabia, not anyone. The only “buyer” in the region for that type of plane is Israel.

With two Israeli planes downed this week, fresh Saudi markings painted on them, and a strong confirmation of a tactical thermonuclear attack on a Yemeni airbase, a neutron bomb attack (NRR No Residual Radiation), the Yemen war is now clearly an Israeli war.

Source -

Posted by: Alberto | May 26 2015 21:38 utc | 12

Does anybody know how the US is coordinating bombing IS with Iraq? Are they doing their fake and phony "war" through the Iraqi Joint Forces Command? Wonder if the US Army has any form of integration with the Iraqi Army, and at what levels, wonder if they have access to Iraq's military planning. Any links to solid info welcomed. Thanks.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | May 26 2015 21:39 utc | 13

plus @11
By forcing the Shiites, the dominant group demographically and politically in Iraq, into a secondary role, the US once again foments, rather than bridges sectarian divides. What is this called if not “divide and conquer”?

It should not be lost on anyone that this policy which, as noted above, dates back more than a decade, is all designed to curb Iranian influence in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. By forcing Shiites into the back seat politically, economically, and militarily, the US has hoped to stifle Iran’s development from isolated nation into a regional power. By doing so, the US once again acts in its own interests, as well as those, of course, of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey. Perhaps that grouping of countries rings a bell for people following the development of the war on Syria these past four years? Indeed, it is the same actors.

Posted by: okie farmer | May 26 2015 21:40 utc | 14

here's the link for 11 and 14

Posted by: okie farmer | May 26 2015 21:44 utc | 15

@okie farmer@14

What is this called if not “divide and conquer”?

Not anymore, it is called "divide and ruin."

Posted by: Lone Wolf | May 26 2015 21:47 utc | 16

this from article source cited in comment 12 ...

Photo analysis of the shot down F-16 in Yemen show that they are the early model; block A/B F-16 ground attack configuration version (it has the small or what is called the short tail) with Royal Saudi Air Force markings being newly painted on the air frame. All of the so-called Arab coalition aircraft are block C/D not A/B.

So this is probably one of the 50 surplus US F-16 A models given to Israel during the Clinton administration or it is a recently surplus ex-NATO aircraft either from Italy or Portugal. The only other option is that they were directly supplied from the US covertly. We need a serial no. or tail number to confirm which production block they came from.

Posted by: Alberto | May 26 2015 21:47 utc | 17


Why should Shia wage a wide-scale war of attrition over a region that historically isn't Shia? Better to kick the Isilstanis out of the areas they aren't welcome, rebuild those areas, and wait for ISIL to either collapse, or come to the negotiating table.

Not a far-fetched idea, but it would require a view of the region and the war against IS similar to the one the US and their neo-con planners had when they launched their "caliphate," a coordinated regional strategy between Iraq, Syria, Iran and HA/Lebanon. If you remember, Iraq Shias were fighting in Syria against taqfiris when IS launched the Mosul offensive, and they all ran back to Iraq, instead of assessing the fight in terms of regional needs. IS US-provided high mobility across borders allows them to choose the battlefield, and to take either Iraq or Syria piecemeal at their convenience.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | May 26 2015 22:20 utc | 18

this is a bloody nightmare. this mess is rife with lies inside lies. why aren't these rodents in prison awaiting trial by the ICC? the truth is out! good god! what else is there to know? more american idiocy? millions died, millions displaced, god knows how many wounded. the United states MUST BE DESTROYED BY ANY AND ALL MEANS POSSIBLE, FOLLOWED BY iRAEL. these two conglomerations of roaches have demonstrated to a certainty, no country on earth is safe, and they will continue this planet wide insanity! TERMINATE THEIR COMMAND! TERMINATE WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE. NO DELAY~~

Posted by: tedbohne | May 26 2015 22:38 utc | 19

The decent and loyal people of America, Caught by their own loyalty, fouled, gouged and bled
To feed the power-hunger of politicians and make trick fortunes for swindlers and collaborators.
For a time’s coming—fairly soon, you’ll not see it—when the ends of the earth,
from east and west, one world, will close on your country
Like the jaws of a trap; but people will say, be quiet, we were fooled before.

We know that all governments Are thugs and liars, let them fight their own battles;
and the trap is closing, and an angry spirit
Will go through the camps whispering mutiny in conscripts’ ears .

-The poet is Robinson Jeffers, poet laureate of the Old Right, whose censored volume of verse, The Double Axe was published in 1946.

Posted by: Cracklier | May 26 2015 22:54 utc | 20

"Why should Shia wage a wide-scale war of attrition over a region that historically isn't Shia?"

They can't let up in Iraq because they can't allow ISIL to consolidate and move against Syria. Syria and Lebanon are still, IMHO, what the fighting is about here. ISIL will never march on an Iraqi Shia city, but they may well go for Damascus (or allow others to).

The US, in seeking to break up the so-called "Shia Crescent" has actually created a far, far more powerful crescent of Islamic moderates from Iran to Lebanon. My guess is that there are, in the Sunni areas of Iraq just as in Syria, huge numbers of Sunnis (20-30%) who welcome anyone who can eject ISIL from their cities especially under the banner of "Iraq".

The sectarian war is a US/Israel/Saudi myth. If the Iraqi Army along with the Shia Paramilitaries can push ISIS out of Ramadi (and they haven't failed yet when they've fought together, and not given into the US hysterical sectarian scare tactics) they can move onto Mosul and take ISIL real strength away. They need to be pressing a huge social media campaign at the same time (Russia China and Syria should help with this) to combat the social media noise machine of the USA.

Just how I see it.

Posted by: guest77 | May 27 2015 0:13 utc | 21

I'm not sure about the F-16s - PressTV is an honest source - but VT talking about the use of nukes is most certainly bullshit. Which is unfortunately their stock and trade for their "exclusives".

Posted by: guest77 | May 27 2015 0:19 utc | 22

@20- cracklier, thanks for the Robinson Jeffer's. Not many poets like him.

That public men publish falsehoods
Is nothing new. That America must accept
Like the historical republics corruption and empire
Has been known for years.

Be angry at the sun for setting
If these things anger you. Watch the wheel slope and turn,
They are all bound on the wheel, these people, those warriors.
This republic, Europe, Asia.

Observe them gesticulating,
Observe them going down. The gang serves lies, the passionate
Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
Hunts in no pack.

You are not Catullus, you know,
To lampoon these crude sketches of Caesar. You are far
From Dante's feet, but even farther from his dirty
Political hatreds.

Let boys want pleasure, and men
Struggle for power, and women perhaps for fame,
And the servile to serve a Leader and the dupes to be duped.
Yours is not theirs.

Posted by: Nana2007 | May 27 2015 0:48 utc | 23

The USA is caught between no displeasing the Sunni Islamist Axis ( Saudi Arabia, Qatar) and preventing ISIL to reach Jordan and Israel.
Therefore the attacks on ISIL are tepid... so as not to cause Sunni deaths that would irritate the SIA and inflame the anti-US feeling in Iraq.
After the US-Iran deal is hopefully signed, we may see a huge u-turn as the US administration will then throw the carrots and pull the sticks to deal with the SIA.
One more month to go...

Posted by: Virgile | May 27 2015 1:37 utc | 24

GD-do you think so? Are they on their way to Jordan/Israel?

Posted by: Nana2007 | May 27 2015 2:38 utc | 25

so sykes-picot plus thermonuclear war equals the chaos theory?

Posted by: Jay M | May 27 2015 4:54 utc | 26
Pro-government forces in Iraq have formally launched an operation to drive Islamic State out of Anbar province.

The announcement was made by a spokesman for the Popular Mobilisation (al-Hashid al-Shaabi), a force comprising dozens of Shia militias.

He said the operation would see government troops and militiamen move southwards from Salahuddin province and seek to cut off IS militants in Ramadi.

The provincial capital fell to IS this month after Iraq's army withdrew.

Since then government forces have been massing for a counter-attack in the western province, and they say they have regained some ground east of Ramadi in the past few days.

On Tuesday, fighting was reported south and west of Ramadi, as the Iraqi forces tried to cut off supply routes to the city.

The offensive has been welcomed by the Americans, with Vice-President Joe Biden pledging full US support, the BBC's defence correspondent Jonathan Marcus says.

But he adds that Washington remains uneasy about the prominent role of Shia fighters, many of whom are backed by Iran.

Separately, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius criticised the Iraqi government, saying Paris had joined a US-led coalition last year in carrying out air strikes against IS on the basis that Baghdad represented the interests of all groups in the country.

Posted by: okie farmer | May 27 2015 6:27 utc | 27

Cheap propaganda of "Damascus falling"
" a region that historically isn't Shia?"

Check your history books.. Iran became shiite in the 16th centry with the Safavids while it was mainly Sunnite before. But the desert between Palmyra and Baghdad had had shiite tribes since the beginning of the schism. And Syria and Lebanon have had shiites and shiite dynasties (Hamdanids anyone?) at least since the 9th c.

The trap is to let a huge Shiite/Sunnite confrontation happen. It failed miserably in Lebanon because Hariri's role was exposed, it failed in part in Syria. But they try again now and then.

Posted by: Mina | May 27 2015 10:19 utc | 28

Mina, DamascusFalling is a troll. Maybe Wayout in another guise...

Posted by: okie farmer | May 27 2015 11:37 utc | 29

there are 2 fronts. one against lebanon and the other against iran.they are been driven from syria/iraq outwards...east west

support is north south,turkey jordan/saudi a square box with the build up in the centre

Posted by: mcohen | May 27 2015 12:05 utc | 30

"The trap is to let a huge Shiite/Sunnite confrontation happen. "

Which has been ongoing almost from the birth of Islam.

More Muslims are killed by Muslims than by the rest of the world combined - and it's not even close.

Posted by: hmp49 | May 27 2015 12:19 utc | 31

31;More Americans are killed by Americans than anyone else.Easy eh?
Before the Iraq debacle,Nat.Geo put out one of their map supplements with the ratio of Sunni-Shia-Kurd % populations;40,40,20.This was before the Zionist takeover(of NG),so I'd believe that before any new tally.

Posted by: dahoit | May 27 2015 15:28 utc | 32


Ad hominem and guilt by association is the last refuge for weak-minded Liberals who can't defend their opinions and base their 'analysis' on rumor and speculation.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | May 27 2015 17:27 utc | 33

Why would the US want to damage its ( with help for it Mideast allies ) Western Created Terrorist Caliphate.
Or WCTC for short. It's been remarkably successful for the US evil empire so why stop now from their perspective.

Posted by: tom | May 27 2015 20:13 utc | 34


Good post!

Posted by: Luca K | May 27 2015 23:01 utc | 35

Good post b.

A Al-Nusra "official" was interviewed in an undisclosed location on one of the Arabic stations. In essence, he said after Assad is done, they will finish off in Lebanon and eliminate Hizb. Another bloodbath in the surprise.

Given such declarations, it is even more evident that Israel would be overjoyed should ISIS manage to flood south Lebanon in an attempt to overrun Shiite villages and engage HA. The Islamists are probably anticipating logistical support and air cover from the IDF whose desire to see the Shiite militia destroyed is an institutional obsession.

Such a real possibility itself is revealing as a reason behind the ongoing effort and not-so-covert military support ISIS has been receiving to facilitate its bloody advance.
If Israeli surveillance can spot a passenger vehicle with allegedly transporting weapons and destroy it, how is it that massive arms transfers to the jihadis over wide open terrain cannot be interdicted? The western fight against Al Qaeda, Inc. is being fought more with verbal bravado while NATO air strikes may have killed more civilians than militants and have not inflicted any measurable damage as its hordes continue to sweep across swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory. The growth of the anti-Shia ISIS gangs is largely a result of the outcome of the 2006 conflict in which Israel was not able to cope with the asymmetrical combat tactics employed in south Lebanon against its vast ground and air assault. It has been pining ever since for a way to get rid of the only deterrence to its hegemonic ability to punish its neighbors at will.

Syria was the only power in the Middle East to stand with Iran during the western-instigated war with Iraq and never abandoned Russia after the collapse of the USSR. Despite western desire to bring Syria to heel, nothing would have brought the conflict to its present state without the active role played by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan in providing training grounds, military, financial and recruitment support. To date, Putin along with Iran, has helped buttress the Syrian citadel from collapse. But dire developments of recent require condign action. It seems the time has come for Russia to play hardball.

Posted by: metni | May 28 2015 0:39 utc | 36

Don't forget the Mosul to Haifa pipeline they thought they could open up with the 2003 Iraq War and failed.

The first placement of US troops were at H2, H3, and H4 stations in western Iraq before the shooting began. Have photo of Bush visiting Pentagon in December 2002 with map behind him. H2, H3, and H4 stations clearly shown.

Israel seeks pipeline for Iraqi oil
US discusses plan to pump fuel to its regional ally and solve energy headache at a stroke
, April 19, 2003.

from history:
The Mosul-Haifa Pipeline Opens
Today in Israeli History
January 4, 1935

Posted by: MRW | May 28 2015 4:48 utc | 37


Check this out:
Kirkuk to Haifa Pipeline: Reason for the War?

Scroll down to see the second onto with Bush. Sorry that I got the bases wrong. They were:

Permanent US bases on the map are marked H2 and H3, following the path of the Kirkuk to Haifa pipeline. H1 is also visible, partially obscured by the US official’s head:

How I know that the photo was taken in December 2002 is because of a portfolio I saw later of the photographer's work.

Posted by: MRW | May 28 2015 4:58 utc | 38

mrw - thanks for the links and drawing to dots on the map figuratively and literally...

Posted by: james | May 28 2015 5:52 utc | 39

- These events will complicate the talks between Iran & the US.
- I fear the Kurds will be next on the list of ISIS. ISIS needs more revenues and that could come from the oilfields in Kurdistan. Remember that Turkey wants Assad to go and supports ISIS (more or less) openly.

On top of that the turks don't like the Kurds "too much". (Remember what happened in & around Kobani ??). The Shiites "don't like" the Kurds as well and won't fight to defend the Kurds. What a fine mess.

Besides Gwynne Dyer (around march 2007), there was someone else who predicted already in early 2008 that there was a potential for more turmiol/war in the Middle East: Niall Ferguson.

Posted by: Willy2 | May 28 2015 8:05 utc | 40

Materialist Analysis of the USA Partition of IRAQ using ISIS
SAVAGES –the So-Called “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria:”


It is a Law of Military Science that Air Power alone
Can NEVER EVER defeat an Organized Enemy!
Only Overwhelming Ground Forces can Defeat an Enemy!

Deliberate CIA Big Lie Low-Ball Estimate of “31,000 ISIS” was a Cover-Up of the Recent ISIS Build-Up to “At least 200,000 ISIS…Controlling an Area Size of UK!” (The Independent, Nov 16, 2014) The USA Bombing Campaign of ISIS is Carried out to Falsely Disassociate ISIS from its USA Creator and Protector!
The USA CIA and Military trained Hundreds of ISIS Members in Jordan in 2012!
Media Covers up Astronomical Growth of ISIS! Some analysts estimate ISIS: 300,000!

How USA arms ISIS: May 23-24, 2015 USA told Iraq to withdraw its Army from Ramadi And Leave ALL weapons! On June 22-23, 2014 USA directly Overrode Maliki and Ordered Withdrawal of All Iraqi Forces in Northern Iraq but to leave all weapons! False accusations Of cowardice of Iraqi troops laughably denied by Iraqi PM who understands the routine!

March 17, 2015 Claim that Origin of ISIS was an “Unintended Consequence” of 2003 USA-Bush Iraq Invasion is just another Big Lie! USA Recruited and Organized ISIS!

ISIS was NOT created by “Meddling of Western Countries” nor “a Direct Result Of Western Adventurism” As falsely alleged by fake “opposition” Wikileaks Julian Assange trying to FUZZ issue for USA! Assange Mentions that “Israel supported Hamas in 1970s and 1980s against Arafat’s PLO, but fails to mention that The USA has long supported Islamic Fundamentalism against Nationalist and Communist groups, i.e. in 1979 USA supported Khoumeini when it appeared that People’s Fedayeen might take power and ally with The USSR with all that oil! And later in 1980’s the USA supported Afghan Fundamentalists against USSR!

ISIS was created by the United States to Partition Iraq and Syria, to try to Overthrow Assad & has been Built, Armed And is being Prepared for a USA Proxy Invasion of Iran!

On May 17-2015 USA turned over Ramadi and Palmyra to ISIS effectively partitioning Iraq—USA Goal since 2003! USA supports ISIS Destruction of ALL Iraq Historical Sites Like USA oversaw destruction of majority of Antiquities in Iraq National Museum in 2004!
Destruction of Historical Records is Very Important in Subjugating a State after Invasion!

On Mar 17, 2015 UN Sec Co reported ISIS attempting to replace Taliban in Afghanistan Threatening to spread Radical Islam further to the North and other Central Asian States!

USA Big Lies to the Contrary are Designed to Guarantee that USA will be able to Continue
To Build ISIS with Money, Heavy Weapons & help Organizing to carry out USA Objectives!
Given this Reality, Obama’s “revelations” on how USA intended to retake Mosul etc were totally Irrelevant!

Given this Reality of ISIS, the USA “New Approach of Establishing a ‘New Military Base in Anbar Province’ and ‘sending 450 new Military Trainers to Focus on Retaking Ramadi in a Lengthy Campaign to also retake Mosul lasting until 2016,’” Demonstrates the Complete Contempt USA Capitalist Dictatorship has for the entire world. (See: NY Times, 6/10/2015)

ISIS Could Easily be Eliminated Militarily in Two Months!

If Iran Were to Implement and Fully Honor its 2005 Mutual Defense Pact with Syria And Combined with Hezbollah Forces that would provide the Overwhelming Military Force Required to Surround and EASILY Defeat and Annihilate ISIS in Under Two Months! But The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, whose Words & Actions Reveal him to be an American Agent in Place (“Not a “Double Agent”) Maliciously Misadvises both Iran and Syria NOT to honor their 2005 Mutual Defense Pact! Only Overwhelming Military Force can defeat ISIS! That is a Law of Military Science! The So-Called “Nuclear Deals” are used PURELY to string Iran along with false promises!

Why Obama Regime is Desperate for US Congress to support Iran Nuke Treaty:
Nuke Treaty, End Sanctions Promise & Terror list removal insures Iran will Not implement Iran-Syrian 2005 Mutual Defense Pact and unite with Hezbollah & Houthis to Destroy ISIS!
Most Iran Sanctions will remain PERMANENTLY after any “USA/Iran Nuclear Deal” because 1.) USA wants to Invade/Overthrow Iran NEXT it hopes by using ISIS/ISIL as its mercenary proxy Jihadist battering ram! There is NO “Question Of Trust with Iran!” 2.) The fictitious “Iran Nuclear Weapons Program” is the False Pretext USA is using to Build FIRST STRIKE THREAT so-called “Missile
Shield” to try to force a Second Russian Surrender. The USA Knows Iran has NO Nuclear Weapons Program! “Israel’s” Protest Against “Nuke Deal” is Done to Try to Legitimize it and Hide the Fact that Iran gets NOTHING while Complying 100% with USA Demands & Deserting Syria as it sets itself up for ISIS Invasion!

Proof: On April 8, 2015 EU Restored Sanctions on Iranian Bank & 32 Shipping Companies!
On April 9 USA “Warned sanctions would be removed only gradually,” as Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei demanded that all sanctions be lifted with Final Agreement!
Iran’s only hope is to deal from a position of strength, not as supplicant by Fully Honoring Iran’s 2005 Mutual Defense Pact with Syria and combining with Hezbollah to destroy ISIS!
Sanctions can not be permitted to be a factor in implementing 200 Mutual Defense Pact!

PUTTING YEMEN in Context of USA Strategy of Divide and Conquer & Chaos:
Once again on April 14, 2015, as in the 2011 Libya UN Vote for a “No-Fly Zone,”
Which destroyed ALL Libyan infrastructure & turned Libya over to America &
Sharia, USA Agent Sergei Lavrov Russian Foreign Minister (!), voted “Abstain,” Meaning YES in UN Security Council for Yemen Arms Embargo giving Green Light to Saudi (USA)-organized Air Strikes to try to CRUSH overwhelmingly Popular Houthi Liberation of Yemen from USA Dictatorship and to Totally Destroy as much Yemeni Infrastructure as possible just like in Libya & Syria in Order to Generate Divide and Conquer, Total Fragmentation and Chaos! USA is Using the Houthi Takeover in Yemen, which threw out USA-orchestrated “Arab Spring” Puppet Hadi, as Pretext for Military Confrontation to try to Set ALL Sunni Islamic States against ALL Shiite Islamic States in the ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST! USA counts on its Agent Sergei Lavrov to keep the Shiites Dysfunctional! The USA has directed its Proxy Saudi Arabia to Organize 10 USA-Puppet Sunni States in No-Fly Zone “Coalition” to Bomb Yemen flat and have sent ISIS to try To Destroy Very Popular Iran-backed Houthi Shiite Movement now controlling Major Cities in Southern Yemen & to generate chaos and destruction in Yemen!

The Houthis threaten ISIS, Al Qaeda and Al Nusra Front, the USA mercenary Proxy Jihadists all recruited and organized by the USA & its Puppets to try to Overthrow Ba’ath Socialist Syria & later Iran! On April 25, 2015 the USA Directed their Proxy ISIS to invade Yemen revealing the ISIS Alliance with USA, Saudis and Imperialist divide & conquer objectives! Full Implementation of 2005 Mutual Defense Pact by Iran & Syria Supported by Hezbollah and Houthis can Easily provide the Overwhelming Ground Force required to decisively defeat ISIS!
This is the Potential role of the Houthis! But Russia’s Sergei Lavrov in Practice Supports virtually all USA moves in the Middle East, the Ukraine & Worldwide And deliberately Misadvises & sabotages the Best Interests of the entire Mideast!

Obama Regime is Desperate for US Congress to support Iran Nuke Treaty:
Nuke Treaty, Sanctions “Promise” & Terror List removal insures Iran will Not implement Iran-Syrian 2005 Mutual Defense Pact and unite with Hezbollah & Houthis to Destroy ISIS!

“Bombing ISIS in Syria” is Also a USA Pretext to
Bomb Syria and Implement a No-Fly Zone in Syria
And Falsely Disassociate USA from its own creation: ISIS!
On October 8 USA Announced that it already imposed a No-Fly Zone in Syria (NYT)!
On Dec 7, 2014 USA authorized its Proxy Israel to Bomb Syria in alliance with ISIS!

The Overall USA Purpose in Creating and Unleashing ISIS is to Create Ultimate Divide and Conquer-Total Fragmentation & chaos in Mideast!
Failure of USA-orchestrated “Arab Spring” Middle East Regime Change Gambit
Changed USA Objective to total Destruction & Chaos as in Libya, Syria, Gaza and Wherever the USA cannot impose a USA-subjugated, Comprador Puppet Regime!

The USA-controlled World Media Prettifies and Downplays their depraved ISIS Savages labeling them merely: “Militants,” “Rebels,” “Fighters,” or “Extremists,”
While turning over their Internet & Social Media to build and popularize ISIS!
Snowden revealed that NSA/CIA totally controls Internet, blocking non-machine Generated “comments” while permitting USA-Proxy ISIS complete run of Internet

USA Dictatorship is also using ISIS as a pretext to ratchet up “War on Terror” Worldwide!
The “War on Terror” is the pretext to maintain capitalism in its Final Stage:
Permanent War and State Terrorism!

ISIS & the Biowarfare Ebola Epidemic are Being
Used to Generate a Mass Psychology of Crisis
In order to Intimidate and Infantalize the Masses as a Weapon of Psychological Warfare to try to Manipulate the Masses to look to The USA-led World Capitalist Dictatorship for their Salvation!

The USA is attempting to Orchestrate another Coup D’etat in Hong Kong With Same formula: Fake “Democracy” slogans, Occupation of Buildings! People’s Republic of China responds by supporting Organized Opposition!
Note that China did this, but Russia—Sergei Lavrov—refused to organize against the Coup
D’etat despite fact that Feb 21 Coup D’etat was opposed by the majority of the Ukraine!!!

It is a Law of Military Science that Air Power alone
Can NEVER EVER defeat an Organized Enemy!
Only Overwhelming Ground Forces can Defeat an Enemy!

ISIS can ONLY be defeated MILITARILY! The American Claim to the Opposite and that “ISIS Members primarily need JOB OPPORTUNITIES” (BBC, Feb 17, 2015) is deliberately & Clumsily misleading false propaganda demonstrating the Total Contempt the USA has for The Intelligence and lack of organization of its own Subject Population & the Entire World! Such lies hide the Fact that USA Created ISIS & has Long-Term, Big-Time Plans for ISIS! The USA Hides the fact that Many ISIS Members LEFT decent jobs to be recruited by the USA and Its Arabic Allies in the Middle East to “Come to Syria the Center of World Jihad!”

UNDERLYING ALL EVENTS is the MECHANISM of the Capitalists’ so-called “War on Terror”—A CONTINUOUS CYCLE of PROVOCATION followed by RETALIATION—Designed to Generate a Mass Psychology of Crisis, where the Islamic Religion is attacked Systematically and persistently and Deliberately, Provoked and Manipulated on a continual Basis in order to illicit Violent, Non-Focused retaliation from Islamic Fundamentalists, who Know only Religion and do not Understand manipulative capitalist statecraft! The “War on Terror” is the capitalists Contrived response, which is used in turn as the fraudulent pretext To maintain Capitalism in its Final Stage—Permanent War and State Terrorism!

During USA Bombing Campaigns ISIS reduces Casualties by simply Dispersing into the General population and reducing Cell Phone use, while USA Recruits nearly 300,000 ISIS!
The Claim: “ISIS is Significantly Damaged,” by Johnny Kerry (BBC Dec 3, 2014) was False!
As was the Nov 15, 2014 claim by USA Gen. Dempsey: “Momentum is turning against ISIS!” But Dempsey claim: “the battle against them was likely to take years” reveals USA Strategy!
USA-Obama Deployment of 1,500 Trainers (!) to Iraq is Simply Going Through the Motions While allowing time for ISIS to build its Numbers to carry out Objectives of its USA master!
ISIS Closes in “One Mile from Baghdad” (Daily Mail, Oct 1) as USA hands one-third of Iraq To ISIS letting ISIS retain control of many oil fields to help fund its newest Jihadist weapon!

Afghanistan Heroin production increased 4000% after USA Invasion while UN documents Prove ISIS is funded by and controls 100% of (USA generated) Drug Trafficking through Iraq into Africa and into EU! Funding of ISIS plus USA Objective of “Total Fragmentation and Chaos” in places it can not control is increased by blacklisting Russian Anti-Drug Chief!
In addition, USA and its ME Allies are apparently assisting ISIS selling organs “harvested” From hundreds of ISIS prisoners before they’re slaughtered & thrown into mass graves! RT

On September 17, USA VP Biden stated that USA Ground Troops “Were Not Needed!”
On Oct 7, Leon Panetta stated “USA War against Islamic Jihadists will last 30 Years!”
The USA has Total Contempt for Intelligence of its own General Population To ORGANIZE itself Against the Hardening USA Capitalist Dictatorship!
USA Air Strikes have virtually NO Effect on ISIS Advancing on All Fronts!
Temporary Retreat of ISIS in Kobani and elsewhere was impossible without Ground Forces! Both USA Puppets Turkey & Iraq stalled Kurdish Ground Forces from traveling to Kobani!
Press TV (IRAN) Serena Shim was murdered by Turkish Intelligence on Oct 20 for footage And reports of ISIS entering Kobani through Turkish border in USA NGO Trucks! (RT)

The so-called “Degrade ISIS,” the first part of OBAMA’s Phony Plan
To “Destroy ISIS” is designed to LAST INDEFINITELY! Sole “owner” Of the Middle East, the USA, “Informed” Syria that the “ISIS Bombing Campaign could take Three Years!” Though denying it in words Russia Actively fully supports USA “ISIS Plan” in Practice by warning IRAN & Syria not to FULLY IMPLEMENT their 2005 Mutual Defense Pact,
While USA bombing campaign assists ISIS to kill hundreds of Syrians!
USA Puppets, so-called “anti-ISIS coalition agree to Long-Term Campaign!”(RT, 10/15/2015)
Lavrov’s RT Nov 26 “criticism” of USA for “Using terrorists for regime change in Syria” is only
False Disassociation from his USA Master & comes 4 years after USA began Syrian Proxy War!

Lavrov openly boasts “Russia will keep (mis)Advising
Syria and other countries” in the Middle East!!!!!

The USA cannot send its OWN Army to Invade Any More Countries because
Twenty Percent (20%) Come Back with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Illness! USA-Led World Capitalism now uses Invasion by Proxy
Preferentially Recruiting Jihadist Savages in Syria and NAZIS in the Ukraine!
The issue is not whether or not the USA is “at war” with ISIS! The USA Created ISIS!
A new Cover-Up version is the false “BAM Admission” that he “Underestimated” and was “Caught off guard” by ISIS (!),” with the “admission” supposedly revealing “the truth!”
Another highly-contrived but easily discredited explanation being passed off by the USA Fake “left” is: The USA Created another Frankenstein which it just cannot seem to Control!

In order to Cover Up fact that “ISIS/ISIL/IS” is a USA CREATION, the USA-Trained ISIS Leadership has been Directed to Falsely Disassociate itself from its USA-MASTER e.g. by Making threats against Obama & Americans whom it is directed to BEHEAD on YouTube!
False Pentagon Claim: “there is No military solution” indicates USA intends to perpetuate ISIS!
The USA, Saudi Arabia & Qatar have Funded, Armed and Trained the Jihadist
ISIS/ISIL/IS SCOURGE to carry out long-planned attempted Partition Of Iraq & Syria and combined attempt to Overthrow Assad and Invade Iran! The USA is using the ISIS threat to Ratchet-Up the “War On Terror” and Harden their Capitalist Dictatorship Domestically & Worldwide! The USA turned over all Bank Deposits to ISIS in Mosul, Etc.! ISIS has been permitted to “Control Oilfields” & “Smuggle and SELL Crude Oil (!),” which served as the False Pretext to Bomb Syrian Oilfields to total Destruction rather than send in Ground Troops to Annihilate ISIS & not destroy Syria Infrastructure! But ISIS is also Allowed to continue to control many IRAQI Oilfields!

Obviously the USA is NOT targeting ISIS but Syria, Iraq and Iran!
The USA carried out a Coup D’etat—just like in the Ukraine—to oust Maliki Who Opposed using ISIS to Partition Iraq & Syria and Plans to Invade Iran!
Al-Abadi even blocked Kurdish fighters from traveling to Kobani to fight ISIS!
Overwhelming Force is Required to Defeat and Annihilate ISIS not Tiny “Iraqi
Forces backed by USA Helicopters”–the Latest Phony USA Offering-April 2015!
The Phony USA “Declaration of War” against ISIS and “order to kill ISIS
Leaders” was Designed to Cover Up the Fact that the USA created ISIS, but
Will NOT put Overwhelming Force on Ground—Required to destroy ISIS!

The Russian Federation Covers up this reality, while turning over the Mideast to the USA while revealing that ISIS leadership is controlled
Directly by “NATO (USA)” & threatened Russia’s territorial integrity! (RT)

Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov revealed ISIS Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Was directly recruited by Gen. David Petreaus, former USA CIA director! (RT)
At UN General Assembly Obama & Lavrov worked together like hand in Glove, While Lavrov covers up USA Ebola Biowarfare & USA Malaysian Shootdown!
Hilarious Pretext Proffered for NOT Putting Boots on the Ground is that Obama
Is Afraid of the (NONEXISTENT!) “Anti-War Movement” and/or “Sentiment!”

MILITARY INTERVENTION! THAT is WHY the USA, NATO, UK and Russia have NO INTENTION of seriously Confronting ISIS on the ground OR Allowing any Other Country Which is NOT a USA Puppet to Put “Boots on the Ground” against ISIS!!! THAT was the Reason that Both USA and Saudi Arabia threatened Iran to “Leave ISIS Alone!” The USA Air Strikes in Iraq & Syria are used to Falsely Disassociate USA from ISIS! Even the Bombing ISIS to “Save Yazidis” was halted because it was prematurely degrading ISIS’ Military Capability prior to the enormous expansion of ISIS! Make No Mistake: The USA is The Organizer, Paymaster And LORD PROTECTOR of ISIS/ISIL/IS! By August 27, 2014 ISIS, now approaching 300,000 (!), had Recruited, Fully Armed and Trained an ARMY of 100,000 with 50,000 centered in Syria With advanced USA weapons from Iraq (Aug 19, Aljazeera) “New” false CIA figure of “31,000 ISIS” is an attempt to reverse the previous Strategy of overestimating numbers for The Purpose of intimidation! Revelation of “more than 200,000 ISIS” approaching 300,000 confirms all the USA Objectives described herein! Iran’s Boots on the Ground coordinated with Syria Forces & Hezbollah could Easily and Quickly Surround and Totally Annihilate USA Proxy ISIS! But Iran and Syria do what Russia (Lavrov) tells them! Lavrov’s actions define him as A USA Agent in Place! Do Not be Fooled by Sergei Lavrov’s attempt to Falsely Disassociate Russia from USA Mideast Objectives! ISIS can be compared to an Army of Criminally Insane Mass Murderers and Must be Completely Annihilated! This cannot and will not be done by their creator the USA! Note: “Anti-Islam” Ad Campaign on NYC Buses & Subways is deliberately Designed to Manipulate & Motivate Crazed Islamic Fundamentalists to Generate Domestic Terrorist Incidents and foment Divide and Conquer which serves to Perpetuate the “War on Terror!”

The supposed “Expanded Obama Air Strike Campaign” against ISIS is a FRAUD on Every Level! It is a Law of Military Science that Air Power alone can NEVER EVER defeat an Organized Enemy! ISIS is growing far faster than any bombing campaign, which is being Used primarily to Falsely Disassociate ISIS from its USA Master and also to guarantee the Continued Existence of ISIS in order to help perpetuate the so-called “War on Terror,” Which is the pretext used to maintain Capitalism in its Final Stage: Permanent War and State Terrorism! Republicans initially opposed an “Expanded Campaign” on a fraudulent “Anti-War” basis in order to Discredit by Source ANY war against ISIS! The Majority of Congress receives money from “Israel,” knows the deal and supports the Planned Invasion Of Iran as an Extension of the USA Jihadist Proxy Invasion of Syria! Congress Majority Now Supports Obama Regime’s “No Safe Haven” pretext for a “No-Fly Zone” in Syria!

Note: USA Falsely Disassociates from its Proxy Puppet “Israeli” Entity on a Continuous
Basis to try to Pretend that so-called “Israel” is “Independent” and “Uncontrollable!”
For Example, in 1967 the USA authorized “Israel” to attack the U.S.S. Liberty sacrificing the Lives of 34
U.S. Sailors in order to falsely portray “Israel” as “Uncontrollable!” Iran can attain a Position of Strength ONLY by helping to defeat the USA-Jihadist Invasion of Syria by fully Honoring 2005 Mutual Defense Pact!
“Bombing ISIS in Syria” is also a USA pretext to implement a No-Fly Zone in Syria!
The USA has Quickly begun to turn “Bombing of ISIS in Syria” into a USA “No-Fly Zone” Against Syria to Degrade and Destroy the Syrian Air Force, OIL installations, Infrastructure & mass murder Syrians to directly further their Four-Year USA Jihadist Proxy Invasion! The USA is using Tomahawk Cruise Missiles in addition to Fighter and Bomber Jets NOT to “Bomb ISIS” primarily, but to Switch Targets to Syrian Air Force and Infrastructure! USA Threatened a 90-Day Cruise Missile Attack of Syria in 2013 after USA itself carried out the Aug 21, 2013 SARIN Gas Attack-Provocation in Syria! Assad had NO MOTIVE whatsoever To use poison gas against his own people! But the USA DID Have a MOTIVE—creation of a False Pretext to impose a “No-Fly Zone!” “Bombing of ISIS in Syria,” the new false pretext Will Undoubtedly also be used to Bomb Syrian Forces and to provide Reconnaissance Information to the USA-Mercenary Jihadists as usual! Civilians are already being targeted! Note: USA and Its Puppets (even Russia !) effectively now falsely attribute STATEHOOD to USA-Trained ISIS SAVAGES despite Obama’s & Russian prime time denials by Continuing to use “IS” designation! USA attributes “statehood” to ISIS to give it long-term credibility!
USA Refuses to Recognize Syria as a State but DOES recognize so-called “Islamic State!”

The U.S. Government—Meaning the U.S. Capitalist Dictatorship—
WE HAVE TO GET RID OF CAPITALISM! Or Capitalism Will Get Rid of US!

Posted by: William H. Depperman | Jun 12 2015 3:23 utc | 41

Posted by: William H. Depperman | Jun 11, 2015 11:23:44 PM | 41

That is without a doubt the longest piece of scatter-brained hokum I've ever read.
And purely to smear Lavrov/ Russia.

Why has smearing Russia become so vitally important to The Empire's minions?
Public Opinion won't matter a jot when the Empire crosses Russia's red line.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jun 12 2015 4:42 utc | 42

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