"In breaking with the White House by calling for military action to protect civilians in Syria, former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton is siding with at least two of her Republican opponents in the 2016 presidential election.
Clinton adopted the opposite position from the White House she used to serve on Thursday by advocating additional international air power to protect civilians in the multi-front war.
“I personally would be advocating now for a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors to try to stop the carnage on the ground and from the air,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said in an interview.
That puts her in the same camp as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and fellow Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich." Washpost
All of these clowns want the no-fly zone to apply to the Russians.
Yes, pilgrims, the time has come to search the internet for old movies from the days of my youth:
- "Fail Safe"
- "On the Beach"
- Doctor Strangelove"
In the bad old days of overhanging threats of thermonuclear war with the USSR, there sprang up a whole genre of end of everything themed films and books intended to illustrate for the ignorant how the world might end in flashes of searing light and roaring blast.
Guess what! The Russian Federation has much the same destructive capacity as did the USSR.
For this reason it is unthinkable that the US and Russia should fight each other, ever, ever, ever.
Nevertheless, Clinton, Fiorina, Bush and now Kasich have all endorsed the idea of forbidding Russian use of air space and operations in Syria and a willingness to fight the Russians to enforce such a thing.
Does it require a great intellect to understand that engagements between two thermonuclear powers are likely to lead to escalation ending in a nuclear exchange?
As Buck Turgidson said in Stangelove "I guarantee not more than 15 or 20 million dead (on our side)."
Folks, there is nothing in Syria worth the risk of nuclear war. pl
"... in recent months, the Israeli government and its American neoconservative allies have been floating trial balloons regarding whether Al Qaeda could be repackaged as Sunni "moderates" and become a de facto U.S. ally in achieving a "regime change" in Syria, ousting President Bashar al-Assad who has been near the top of the Israeli/neocon hit list for years.
A key neocon propaganda theme has been to spin the conspiracy theory that Assad and the Islamic State are somehow in cahoots and thus Al Qaeda represents the lesser evil. Though there is no evidence to support this conspiracy theory, it was even raised by Charlie Rose in his "60 Minutes" interview last Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The reality is that the Islamic State and Al Qaeda have both been leading the fight to destroy the secular Assad government, which has fought back against both groups.
And, if these two leading terror groups saw a chance to raise their black flags over Damascus, they might well mend their tactical rifts. They would have much to gain by overthrowing Assad's regime, which is the principal protector of Syria's Christians, Alawites, Shiites and other "heretics."" Russian Peacekeeper
Both Israel and the Saudis have been "gunning" for the Syrian government for a long time, the Israelis because they are focused on Syria as Hizbullah's ally and the Saudis as part of their long term project (mashrou') to re-establish Sunni, Wahhabi rule in the Levant (Syria and Lebanon). pl
"If Israel respects other players’ red lines, it will only retain a small area near Damascus and near the Lebanese border if it plans to block weapons smuggling to Hezbollah. Haaretz
Yup. How sad that would be (irony alert) There are now reports that a couple of Israeli F-15s were run out of Syrian air space yesterday by the Russian air force. It would be typical of Bibi that after having been warned off by Putin he wants to test the limits. He said he would not accept limits to the grandeur and power of Israel. pl