The dog is being wagged as the White House finally decides to openly give military help to Syrian “rebels.”
The mainstream U.S. media are acting like this is all a new and sudden development, when the military buildup and increasing tensions in and around Syria have been well-known to the rest of the world.
On the heels of wargames conducted last weekend by the U.S. on the Jordan-Syria border, the United States and 18 other nations are beginning a 12-day series of exercises called “Eager Lion,” which will include installation of Patriot missile batteries and use of F-16 fighter jets on the border.
Russia has protested the placement of U.S. missiles and the deployment of the fighter squadrons in the region. Russian leaders have also disputed the White House’s finding this week that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons against the rebels, dismissing it as a pretext by Obama for further military buildup.
That buildup has been going on for some time. For the past two years, the government opposition in Syria has been getting aid from the U.S., which has smuggled surface-to-air missiles and other heavy weaponry into Syria through Turkey.
Along with arms, the U.S. has supplied fighters for the conflict, drawing mainly from al-Qaida-linked militias in Libya and elsewhere.
This operation was at the root of the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.
The Obama Administration has been working to cover up the facts about Benghazi not just because of the glaring incompetence of the State Department and the President, but because this Administration has secretly allied itself with members of terrorist groups that we have been fighting in Afghanistan and elsewhere, for the purpose of carving out a Middle East legacy for Obama.
There was always an opposition in Syria, but it may not have ever become a war without Obama’s interference and manipulation of the “Arab Spring” wave of rebellions across Islamic territories.
Outside the U.S., Obama’s alliance with terrorists and manipulation of the situation in Syria is well-known, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has consistently been warning Obama not to ratchet up the tensions in the area.
Because Syria is a client state of Russia’s, Putin has been increasing deployments of Russian personnel and materiel to the area. Ultimately, any showdown with Syria will mean a showdown with Russia.
It will likely also mean Iranian involvement, as Iran is a close partner of both Syria and Russia. Open warfare in the region could be an invitation for Iran to test its nuclear weapons technology.
The possible scenarios should fighting break out start at bad and go to far worse, culminating in nightmarish.
This is the president who campaigned on Mideast peace, who contrasted himself to the “warmonger” Republicans, who promised an end to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead, he has broadened the regional conflict, engaging just about every nation with an advanced military, and he has brought the U.S. to the brink of conflict with Russia.
Hanging in the balance will be the survival of Israel and the future restoration of the Islamic caliphate. Place your bets which one Obama wants.