Russia's Syrian Trap For Obama
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
love/hate relationship between Russia and the US has been has been a
back and forth phenomenon since the US kicked Russia out of the
Northwestern territory and off the west coast.
Russia actually had colonies in what is today America as far back as
1733. They had colonized territory reaching from Alaska to California
and named in Russian America or "Russkaya Amerika." Oh, did I mention
they had a toe hold in Hawaii, too. Yep, sure did. From 1814 to 1817
Russia operated out of their own post called Fort Elizabeth in Hawaii.
long and the short of it is -- between the British and the young
country called America -- Russia was eventually pushed north and with
the purchase of Alaska by the Americans -- out of the northwestern
sector of the North American continent. After Alaska was sold to the
U.S. in 1867, for $7.2 million (2 cents per acre) (total $120 million in
today's terms), all the holdings of Russia in North America were gone.
that 2 cents per acre has grated on Russia ever since. Maybe not. But
for some reason Russia finds it impossible to get along with America
for very long.
It would appear the latest iteration of
Russia's hate for America is taking shape in Syria. And, as is always
the case when America and Russia collide -- it is dangerous.
Russia and America have narcissists at the helms of both countries --
Obama in America and Putin in Russia. Both are would-be dictators.
Putin, in Russia, will probably be successful. Obama, in America, will
be tossed out of office on his (r)ear.
However, we have a situation in the interim that could easily cost lives on both sides.
Syria is a mess. The Obama regime (OUR narcissist)
for some reason yet to be clearly defined to the American people seems
to have some sort of vested interest in seeing that the Assad regime in
Syria is dumped and a purely Islamic government is installed to rule
Syria under Sharia/Islamic law. Now, Obama is never going to admit that,
but, all things considered, that is the most likely outcome if, and
when, Assad is shown the door -- or taken out the door on a slab.
does not want to lose its warm water port privileges in Syria and it
sure as heck does not want to lose such a valued customer for Russian
arms, etc. Plus, the Syrian situation allows Putin (THEIR narcissist) a shot at the world stage where he can flex is muscles in the spotlight for all the world to see. He just LOVES that!
Putin is not about to miss the opportunity to give Obama an opened-palm slap right across the cheeks and he sees the Syrian situation as his means to accomplish that.
On July tenth we learned the following from the New York Times: "Russia
said on Tuesday that it had dispatched a flotilla of 11 warships to the
eastern Mediterranean, some of which would dock in Syria. It would be
the largest display of Russian military power in the region since the
Syrian conflict began almost 17 months ago. Nearly half of the ships
were capable of carrying hundreds of marines."
The NYT went on to say:
"But the unusually large size of the force announced on Tuesday was
considered a message, not just to the region but also to the United
States and other nations supporting the rebels now trying to depose
Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad."
How very astute of the NYT.
Indeed, Tsar Putin's navy IS a message -- to Obama.
stinging over being forced out of Afghanistan by US backed Afghan
forces, Russia's Putin sees an opportunity for a little Russian pay-back
and he is laying it on very thickly.
Putin is a punk. A former KGB officer, he is skilled at what he is doing. Obama is, well, frankly, I don't know WHAT
he is beyond being a socialist/Marxist community organizer who would
dearly love to make himself dictator of America. I don't think he has
thought much beyond that. Putin doesn't think so, either. That's why
he is so sure he can make Obama look like a fool in the Syrian
My money is on Putin.
is clear to Putin that Obama is in over his head in foreign affairs. It
would seem that Putin and American conservatives arrived at the same
conclusion rather a while ago, and while American conservatives have to
wait for the election in November to do something about it, Putin has no
such constraints. Thus, the Russian armada sailing into Syrian waters
right under the noses of Obama's American flotilla.
due diligence would be sorely lacking if we did not note that a third
and even fourth party involved in the Syrian imbroglio is lurking in the
political shadows. Iran and -- Iran's client state Iraq -- have now
been established with bona-fides from, whom else(?) -- the United
Iran heavily indebted to, and influenced by, Russia, and with Iraq
heavily indebted to, and influenced by, Iran, it is immediately clear
which side has the most, er, influence in any negotiations the UN might
actually manage to initiate.
For the US -- Syria is a
set-up, a tiger pit, a trap. Unlike most traps, this one has huge
flashing neon-like signs warning the US of its dangers. But -- with
America's boy-king, Obama, fixated on securing reelection for a second
shot at fundamentally changing America into a western Socialist/Marxist
dung heap, there is every reason for Americans to worry that we will
soon be entangled in yet another Middle Eastern Islamic blood feud in
which both sides hate us before, during, and after the dust settles.
a President Romney will exercise some adult reasoning and restraint and
bring America's Middle Eastern adventures to a screeching halt.
J. D. Longstreet