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Obama Takes Russian Bait: Tries to Block Anti-ISIS Intervention in Syria

September 10, 2015

On July 29, former Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Flynn told Al Jazeera that President Obama had willfully ignored DIA warnings, back in 2012, about the danger of Sunni jihadist terrorism in Iraq and Syria, aided by arms flows from Libya, and continued the policy that has led to the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda's Nusra Front. Gen. Flynn made clear that this was not just a matter of turning a "blind eye," but was a conscious Obama White House policy decision. Through the subsequent stationing of Patriot missile batteries along the Turkey-Syria border, for the past several years, the Obama Administration and NATO allies created a de facto "no fly zone" in the north of Syria that has allowed ISIS and Nusra to flourish. Any notion that Obama is leading a coalition against ISIS is a total fraud. Obama's shameless coddling of Saudi Arabia's King Salman last Friday, one week to the day before the 14th anniversary of the Saudi-backed 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, was just further proof of Obama's willful backing of the Salafist terror legions.

Now, Russian President Vladimir Putin has called President Obama's bluff and is sending Russian equipment and military forces into Syria to wage a genuine military campaign against the Saudi- and Obama-backed jihadists. As Lyndon LaRouche first declared last week, the mere initiative of such a genuine military operation, in support of the Assad government in Damascus, will drive President Obama up the wall—even before the first Russian bombs hit ISIS targets. Since concluding last week, without explanation, that the Russian intervention is "bad," President Obama has been squeezing NATO allies, including Bulgaria and Greece, to refuse overflight rights to Russian planes carrying aid to Syria.

While the efforts to stymie the Russian actions have already failed (US officials have confirmed the arrival of large cargo planes and ships, carrying Russian advanced equipment, along with 1,000 units of modular housing for a presumed new air base near Latakia), they have further exposed Obama's true colors as a stooge of the very British-Saudi circles that carried out the original 9/11 attacks and the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi terrorist attack, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American officials were killed by Al Qaeda.

If Obama continues his attempts to obstruct Russia's serious plans to destroy the Islamic State and other jihadist brigades, he will be further publicly exposed. If he attempts to go ahead with his ongoing plans to provoke war against Russia, in spite of Putin's flanking actions in Syria, he will run up against mounting opposition to his madness. It takes only a few sane individuals within the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Obama from office, the moment he moves to provoke a general war.

The danger of such a general war is being widely exposed on both sides of the Atlantic. This week, the European Leadership Network re-issued an August 2015 report warning of the dangers of an outbreak of war on the European continent, and demanding the reconstituting of the NATO-Russia Council to push back against the war provocations. The newly released document contained the signatures of 75 additional European and Russian leaders, including former ministers of defense, retired flag officers, and former top NATO officials.

This Saturday, Sept. 12, just three days before the opening of the United Nations General Assembly session, a major conference will take place in Manhattan, sponsored by the Schiller Institute, bringing together leading voices who oppose the Obama madness.

It is time for Obama's constitutionally-mandated removal from office. It is the true test of leadership in a world facing thermonuclear extinction, so long as he remains in office. Putin's actions in Syria have exposed Obama's filthy hands behind the jihadist scourge.

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Putin: Refugee Crisis Is the Result of "Wrong Foreign Policy of Our Partners"

Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis in a video on the Italian website Pandora TV.

Note: This rough transcript is from the video's Italian subtitles, and has not yet been crosschecked with the original Russian.

Putin says:

"I think that this crisis was absolutely predictable. If you remember we in Russia, myself in particular, have said often some years ago, that Europe would face problems on a large scale, had our so-called western partners insisted with the wrong foreign policy, as I have always called it, especially in the regions of the Muslim world, in the Middle East, in North Africa; a policy which they indeed are still carrying out.

What is this policy? Imposing their standard without taking into account history, religion, culture – that is the national characteristics of such regions. This is, in the first place, the policy carried out by our American partners; Europe lets itself be blindly towed in respect of the so-called allied obligations, and now pays the highest costs. I am surprised to see how some American media criticize Europe for its too hard line, as they say, towards refugees. However, it is not the United States that is hit by such migration flows; it is Europe that, after blindly following orders coming from America, is now the one most hit by the crisis. "

I am speaking neither to praise our foresight, nor to expose the shortsightedness of our partners or to offend anyone; we must understand what should be done.

"What should be done? The answer is very simple: we must all together, and I want to stress that, fight against terrorism and extremism of all sorts. In advance, in those countries which are in trouble, after having solved this problem – without that, no progress is possible, how can we make progress in regions controlled by the Islamic State? It is impossible, people are fleeing from those regions. They kill hundreds of thousands, blow monuments up, burn people alive or drown them, they behead people etc. How can you live there? Of course, people are fleeing. 

"Therefore we must:

1. Fight effectively terrorism and extremism together;

2. We must rebuild the economy and the social sphere in those countries. Only in this way, showing respect for the history, tradition and religion of those peoples and countries, we will be able to rebuild their statehood and supply political and economic aid on a large scale.

If we join our efforts in all those sectors, we will have positive results. If we move separately and keep discussing among ourselves on some quasi-democratic principles and procedures on determined territories, this will lead us to a greater situation of stall[ing]."



Russia Moving in Syria Despite Airspace Closures

Russia is demanding answers from both Bulgaria and Greece on the matter of airspace passage for its aircraft flying to Syria.

"If anyone — in this case our Greek and Bulgarian partners — has any doubts, then they, of course, should explain what the problem is," Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told the Interfax news agency. "If we are talking about them taking some sort of restrictive or prohibitive measures on the Americans' request, then this raises questions about their sovereign right to take decisions about planes from other countries — Russia in particular — crossing their air space," he said.

Greece still has not officially replied to the US request to close its airspace to Russian aircraft, but that now may be a moot point. Russian aircraft flying west over the Black Sea cannot get to Greece without flying over either Bulgaria, which has closed its airspace, or Turkey. Turkey already has a history of forcing down Russian aircraft flying to or from Syria.

Russian officials are vowing that if Russian planes can't fly through Greek and Bulgarian airspace, they'll find some other routes. "Of course, alternative routes will be found," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, yesterday, though without specifying what those routes might be.

"I regret that under pressure from Washington and apparently under pressure from Brussels, where the NATO and EU headquarters are located, some countries are deviating from, what I would call, their international duty, namely, the provision of air corridors to the aircraft involved in the settlement of humanitarian problems,"

Ryabkov said.

The other possible route is through Iran. The Russian ambassador in Tehran, Maxim Suslov, announced, yesterday morning, that Iran has, indeed, agreed to open its airspace to Russian flights to Syria. That means that Russian aircraft would have to fly over either Iraq or Saudi Arabia and Jordan to get to Syria, however. Though Baghdad has, in the past, expressed its own policy towards Syria, the US clearly has de facto, if not official, control of much of Iraqi airspace, because of the US-led air campaign against ISIS.

Nevertheless, Russian aircraft are apparently making it to Syria, anyway. Anonymous US officials told AFP on Tuesday, that at least three Russian planes have landed at an airbase in Latakia in recent days. Two of them were the giant An-124 cargo aircraft (larger than the American C-5) and the third was reportedly a passenger aircraft. "All of this seems to be suggesting that Russia is planning to do some sort of forward air-operating hub out of this airfield," the official said. Two US officials also told Reuters, today, that two Russian assault ships carrying a small number of naval infantry as well as additional aircraft, arrived in Syria in the past day or so.



Russian Officials Deliver Pointed Warnings to Obama

Top Russian officials have been delivering pointed public warnings to the Obama Administration, charging that the US is out to break up Russia.

Nikolay Patrushev, head of the Russian National Security Council, told Kommersant that the US is out to destroy Russia, and this is what is behind the Ukraine color revolution. The U.S. lists Russia, ISIS, and Ebola as the three greatest threats.

"There are a great deal of examples of Russia fruitfully cooperating with the US in many aspects, including such burning issues as countering terrorism and reaching a deal on the Iranian nuclear program, but under the far-fetched pretext of the 'Russian aggression in Ukraine,' Washington has suspended contacts." He charged that the U.S. is forcing EU countries to impose sanctions on Russia that they would otherwise not impose. He was quoted, "The West does realize that everything that took place in Crimea was legitimate; there was a referendum, and so on. They don't have specific objections to [the] Crimea development," and over time, it will blow over.

Patrushev noted that Russia is closely tracking the color revolutions, noting, "It is clear that the hidden agenda of destabilization of this country is creating an instrument to radically weaken Russia." He said that Yanukovych was ending his term and would not have been re-elected, but the US couldn't wait and as the result, there is war in the Donbass, and Crimea left Ukraine. He charged that the U.S. has no interest in dealing with the economic breakdown of Ukraine, because "the U.S. has no interest in Ukraine whatsoever; they are interested in Russia. They would like very much to see Russia cease to exist as a country."

Patrushev said that the policy of the U.S. and the West is to spread instability around the globe, and "in reality, the anti-terrorist coalitions are being created for coercive intervention into affairs of sovereign states."


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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