Meanwhile, Obama’s ISIS policy — never much of a policy to begin with — is falling apart. His hand-picked ISIS/Islamic State “czar” – retired Gen. John Allen – is resigning, come November. And Putin is calling Obama’s bluff on the latter’s “war” against Islamic State, saying Russia will go alone if Obama rejects his proposal to fight IS jointly.
Way to go, Obama! Everything you touch turns to crap. And yet Rasmussen Reports says you still have 50% approval rating from “likely U.S. voters.” Go figure.
Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:
“The board is set . . . the pieces are moving.” -Gandalf, Lord the Rings: The Return of the King
According to The New York Times and FT, in addition to nine T-90 tanks and more than 500 marines for possible ground attacks, Russia is building up its air base near the port city of Latakia in Syria with some of its most advanced ground attack planes and fighter jets, and 2,000 troops as the “first phase” of its mission to shore up the Assad government. The planes are protected by at least two or possibly three SA-22 surface-to-air, antiaircraft systems, and unarmed Predator-like surveillance drones are being used to fly reconnaissance missions.
Now, China is entering the fray.
The pro-Assad Al-Masdar (The Arab Source) reports on Sept. 23, 2015:
[T]he Russians appear to have a contingency that involves another world power that was absent from the U.S…
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