Russia Condemns US Mission Creep, New Bombing Plans for Syria

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Editorial note: Russia Today is an organ of the Russian government, so this report is not independent, critical analysis. On the other hand, Russia is a player in Syria and what it thinks is important, and US media tend not to report outside-the-Beltway points of view. Just take it for what it is worth:

RT reports: ” The US president has reportedly authorized the Air Force to protect Syrian rebels trained by Washington to fight against Islamic State by bombing any force attacking them, including Syrian regular troops. Thus the US may become involved in the Syrian civil war on the rebel side. The change was first reported by US officials speaking on condition of anonymity with the Wall Street Journal Sunday. The first airstrikes to protect American trainees in Syria have already taken place on Friday, July 31, when the US Air Force bombed unidentified militants who attacked the compound of the US-trained rebels.”

RT: “Obama authorizes airstrikes ‘to defend’ Syrian rebels, target Assad troops if necessary”

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  1. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Yet curious to know what do you think Juan? Ok, sure, it’s a Russian source, yet the issues raised (fwiw?) deserve serious examination and debate. This indeed echoes the mission creep in Libya… In this case, the US sells it at home (if at all) as a fight against ISIS. Then too we should mention Turkish ….. (what do you call it?)….. bombing ISIS (and they get “credit” for that) when the real targets are Assad, the Kurds (of any stripe, anywhere), with AKP cynically manipulating hard-core “nationalist” sentiment as Erdogan obviously is determined to destroy his rivals at home. Oh, the tangled web. ;-)

  2. Pitiful statement.
    ‘ this report is not independent, critical analysis’.
    There’s more than the Russian government behind RT, information which a quick look at the site would have provided. That, however, cannot be said about PBS, which is entirely funded by money allocated by the U.S. government.

    There’s absolutely no difference, the money comes from the same place in both instances: the people. It should be noted, however, that a little while ago, the U.S. administration notified PBS that all funding was to be removed.

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    But then PBS’s tone became more compliant, and no more was said. Even Jim Lehrer’s show has reduced its profile, to no more than a shadow of what it was.

    Things need to be examined in perspective: RT has now been nominated for three Emmys in the news category, along with many other recognition factors. Many of them not Russian.

    Mission creep in Syria?
    And you don’t think it’s happening?
    That can only be because you don’t want to know about it.
    Sending aircraft into Syrian airspace, alone, is in contravention of international law. No permission was sought from the Syrian national administration or the U.N.
    Now they are to ‘protect’ the ‘moderate’ rebels when there are none?
    The last training influx has just defected to Al-Nusra, taking all that training and associated military assets with them.
    U.S. air strikes, so far, have destroyed more Syrian commercial/industrial infrastructure than inflicted damage on the Daesh. And while the Daesh continue to create the requisite level of disarray in the Middle East, because that’s what the U.S. wants: fragmentation, then that’s the way it’ll stay.

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