Obama To Take US Into A Proxy War With Russia?
A Commentary by
J. D. Longstreet
Maybe its me. Maybe I'm just getting old.
But it seems to me that the current occupant of the Oval Office is
trying to cussed hard to show his "warrior" colors.
seems every time we turn around these days there is another report on
how Obama is killing US enemies. There is something just plain unseemly
about all the media attention focused on the Commander-in-Chief's war
OK. This ain't my first rodeo.
I understand there is a political campaign on and I also understand
that the American people are loath to swap horses in the middle of the
stream -- especially if that stream happens to be a war.
further understand that Obama's campaign people are heavy-handed and
are playing to the lowest common denominator in their expected
electorate at the polls in November and, I suppose, the President
"making war" is the way they have chosen to impress that particular set
of American voters.
But, I must tell you, that for the
remainder of us who pay the freight (in treasure and blood) for the
military adventures of the President, we are anything but impressed!
not misunderstand me. I am all for eradicating America's enemies. I
am all for protecting the nation -- whatever it takes. But, you see, I
have a bit of a problem with the President interjecting American
military forces into a fight that is NOT OURS and aiding a people who
are our sworn enemy -- and will remain our sworn enemy -- even if we
assist them gain victory over their current dictator.
have to ask: Where is the threat to the national security of the
United States if the Syrians beat themselves to a pulp? Also, where is
the threat to America's interests in Syria?
the oldest military tactics in the books is to sew discord amongst your
enemies and stand back and watch as they tear themselves to pieces --
all the while reducing the threat to you.
beginning to think that my old antiquated ideas of waging war are
extremely out of step with the way the US wages war today. There's a
obvious problem, though. See, using the old tactics of warfare, the US
won its wars! Heck, we haven't actually WON a war since World War
Two! With that in mind, consider the lives and material we have spent
in waging useless wars on useless geography occupied by people who
insist on living as they did in the twelfth century.
another thing: Does it bother anyone that all these recent wars have
been in Islamic countries while our Commander-in-Chief refuses to work
with the only country in that region of the world with a fondness for
America -- Israel? One has to ask -- what's going on here?
conservative writers have pointed to our President's obvious favor
toward Islamic regimes and his disfavor of Israel. One must wonder if
the President is a secret adherent to Islam himself. It's a legitimate
question. After all, his father was Islamic.
all of the above and then consider this report from Debkafile: "US
President Barack Obama has ordered the US Navy and Air Force to
accelerate preparations for a limited air offensive against the Assad
regime and the imposition of no-fly zones over Syria, debkafile
reports. Their mission will be to knock out Assad’s central regime and
military command centers so as to shake regime stability and restrict
Syrian army and air force activity for subduing rebel action and
wreaking violence on civilian populations." SOURCE:
I have but
one question: WHY?
So we know that Russia is sending
attack helicopters to Assad, which will, no doubt, be used against the
Syrian rebels (and just as likely against Syrian civilians), and now,
the US is going to spread a no-fly zone over, at least, a part of Syria
within which those choppers will be shot down the moment they leave the
We have known for months that Russia has troops
on the ground in Syria assisting Assad's military. And we SUSPECT the
US has, uh, "advisers" working with the rebels. One has only to
consider recent press reports from Syria in which the reporter(s) wonder
how the rebels seem to have suddenly become much more sophisticated in
their battle tactics and war fighting organization. And we haven't even
mentioned the small arms the US is making available to the rebels
through mutual allies. (Of course, the US denies this -- but of
What we have in Syria is quickly shaping
up to be an old fashioned "proxy war" between the US and Russia just
like in the "good ole days" of the Cold War.
point out to the President that our enemies are knocking each other
off. I would respectfully inquire as to WHY we are intervening when
there is no advantage (at least none that is obvious) in it for the US.
wars are expensive -- and experience tells us they just do not turn out
well when played out on a public battlefield -- such as Syria.
I just do not see an advantage for America to become involved in the
Syrian mess. (Yes, I DO understand that running Assad out of Syria
would be akin to a slap in the face to Iran. But -- will it be worth
the cost to America? I am far from convinced that is will be.)
The US military is tired. We need to rebuild and rearm for the next
war, which is just around the corner. I refer, of course, to the coming
war with Iran. You can be certain war with Iran IS in the offing. If
the US or Israel does not begin the hostilities, rest assured, Iran
Forgive the ramblings of a puzzled man here, but,
I don't see it. It has become ever more clear as each day passes
that the Obama regime has no interest in stopping Iran's nuclear
ambition. NONE. Oh, they make all the right noises, and subtle
threats, but I am convinced -- it is all hyperbole. Nothing to it. If
Iran is attacked -- that attack will have to come from Israel.
said the above, I must wonder if creating more trouble on Israel's
northern border is also another tactic of the Obama regime to increase
pressure on Israel (at home) in an effort to divert Israel's attention
away from an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities?
satisfied that our illustrious President is already preparing for
Americans to learn to live with a nuclear armed Iran much as we do with
There are two problems that I see with that
format: First -- the Persians are not Koreans. Two -- The Persians
ARE Islamic. So far as I know, the North Koreans have no
religious dictate that they must conquer the world for their religion.
On the other hand, the Iranians/Persians DO! Did the President's
minions miss this crucial fact, somehow? I mean, this is HUGE. But
then, the Obama machine will never be accused of being a well-oiled
functioning foreign policy contraption. It just seems to lurch from one
crisis to another, never quite taking care of the former crisis along
the way. Pitiful, really.
motives for entering the Syrian conflict we can only be sure of one
thing. There is something Obama believes can be gained for him, for his
campaign, and/or for the socialist agenda, which he now leads in
America today. Its all about Obama. One must never forget
that. That is the thread of commonality that runs through everything
coming out of the White House these days. If those of us who daily try
to figure out the "ways of Obama" ever lose our tenuous grasp on that
tiny little thread we'll need a compass AND a sextant to find our way
through that labyrinth!
When one surveys the vast
landscape of wreckage left in the wake of the first term of Obama, one
must truly hope the next president will be a grown-up and will bring
with him a cadre of adults capable of actually handling their
duties. America has had enough of "political hacks" holding down
important and powerful positions in the nation's government.
I will add one thought: Isn't it about time we had some actual
WARRIORS in charge of the US military instead of brass-button
politicians? The blood of our fighting men and women is just too
precious to be wasted on the alter of politics. Something for Mr.
Romney to think about.
J. D. Longstreet
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