Wednesday, February 17, 2016

When Challenging Russia's Effective Syrian Campaign Fails, Pout!

When Challenging Russia’s Effective Syrian Campaign Fails, Pout!

by Stephen Lendman

Russia’s intervention last September perhaps snatched eventual Syrian victory from the jaws of defeat - foiling US imperial plans to establish another colony, no matter the human cost.

US policymakers are frantic, unable to come up with an effective strategy, countering Russian/Syrian military successes - short of launching WW III, a shocking unthinkable possibility.

Media scoundrels are just as panicky, beside themselves, pouting like children punished by parents for misbehaving, making fools of themselves in the process, showing full support for America’s war on humanity.

NYT columnist Roger Cohen is a longtime US imperial supporter, in lockstep with its wars of aggression. 

Days earlier, he headlined “America’s Syria Shame,” repeating tired old Big Lies. 

He shamelessly claimed Putin only wants Assad “entrench(ed), bomb(ing) the (nonexistent) moderate opposition…block(ing) any possibility of Western-instigated regime change.” 

Calling “Assad part of the problem and not the solution,” he ignored Obama’s naked aggression against a nonbelligerent sovereign state, using ISIS and other terrorists as imperial foot soldiers.

He said nothing about Assad’s overwhelming popularity, failing to explain core international law. Interfering in the internal affairs of other countries constitutes a grave breach, a high crime against peace.

He ludicrously compared Syria’s impending liberation of Aleppo from US-supported terrorist control to Munich 1938.

He’s frantic about Putin and Assad outwitting and outfoxing Obama’s imperial agenda. America is losing “credibility,” he moaned.

Washington Post editors are just as alarmed, unable to accept the idea of Syria not becoming another US vassal state - its legitimate government replaced by a Washington-installed puppet regime.

“Mr. Obama stands by silently as Russia continues its onslaught on Syria,” they headlined, wailing about a new crisis “unfold(ing) in Syria,” - the unacceptable idea of Putin and Assad defeating Obama’s imperial agenda.

Liberating Aleppo from US-supported terrorist control is unacceptable, along with severing their supply lines from Turkey, routing their forces, and repeating the Big Lie about Russia “indiscriminately bombing civilian targets (and) using banned cluster munitions.”

Fact: Russia scrupulously targets ISIS and other terrorist groups exclusively, using precision weapons, no illegal ones.

Fact: No evidence suggests Russia struck nonmilitary targets, killing civilians. Claims made are US-sponsored spurious Big Lies.

Fact: CIA operatives continue training ISIS and other terrorists in the fine art of committing gruesome atrocities, including use of chemical and other banned weapons.

Like other media scoundrels, WaPo editors persist in calling Obama’s naked aggression on Syria a “civil” conflict.

They shamelessly bash Russia’s real war on terrorism, ignoring Washington’s phony one, its support for the scourge it claims to oppose.

Their main concern involves Assad and Putin defeating America’s dirty game, a likelihood too painful to accept.

Wall Street Journal editors are just as unsettled. Headlining “Putin’s Syria Victory,” they’re frantic about him defeating Washington’s imperial agenda, bashing him irresponsibly, claiming he’s only attacking nonexistent moderates and killing civilians.

Suppressing US support for anti-Syrian terrorist forces persists - imported from scores of countries, not legitimate homegrown political opponents Assad respects.

According to Journal editors, Putin “gained diplomatic leverage…to gain further concessions from the US and Europe” - without explaining US pressure forces EU countries away from normalized relations with Moscow they prefer.

They don’t have the fortitude to buck Washington, shooting themselves in the foot instead. For how long remains to be seen.

Is Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s close ties to Putin a precursor of other European countries ending their subservience to America, a self-defeating policy?

Orban is currently visiting Moscow, on the anniversary of Putin’s meeting with him a year earlier in Budapest, strengthening bilateral relations.

“…Hungary needs Russia,” he said, mutual cooperation vital “to achieve our goals” - at the same  time blasting Brussels’ anti-Moscow crusade, succumbing to US pressure.

Journal editors are apoplectic over Putin and Assad heading toward handing the empire a major setback, a likelihood too painful to accept.

Universal cheering will erupt worldwide the day it implodes altogether. It can’t come a moment too soon.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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