Accuracy in Media

 

Another foreign policy defeat for freedom-loving people is taking place in Syria. A United Nations report says an “extermination” campaign has been underway against the Syrian opposition to the Bashar al-Assad regime. Tens of thousands are now dying or fleeing Russian-backed aggression against the city of Aleppo. The attacks on civilians are getting some coverage on the evening news programs but haven’t become an issue in the presidential campaign or the debates. Instead, the big new issue is Donald Trump’s latest insult.

In contrast to the debate moderators, who generate ratings by provoking personal attacks among the candidates, correspondents and columnists are now covering what Roger Cohen of The New York Times is calling a “debacle” for U.S. foreign policy. Why is Obama, supposedly a friend of the world’s Muslims, silent? The inescapable conclusion is that President Obama has been collaborating with, rather than opposing, the Russian aggression. He has chosen the side of Russia and its allies over the Syrian people.

In a statement, the National Syrian Coalition appealed to the free world and international organizations “to act and put pressure on their governments in order to take immediate action to stop the crimes against humanity committed in Syria.” The group said, “Those around the world who can in any way shape or form make a difference have a moral responsibility to act now to stop the atrocities in Syria and put an end to this tragic chapter of world history.”

What we are seeing unfold in Syria are the consequences of a literal invasion by Russia, Iran and their surrogates. The idea that these foreign forces have been “invited” into the country is pure Russian propaganda. The Assad regime in Syria is a Russian client.

However, the Obama administration’s policy has been to try to negotiate with the invaders from a position of weakness. This has only encouraged the Russians and Iranians.

New York Times columnist Cohen writes, “The troubling thing is that the Putin policy on Syria has become hard to distinguish from the Obama policy.” He adds, “Putin policy is American policy because the United States has offered no serious alternative.”

Some may argue that this is just another misguided “failure” on Obama’s part. But as Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has repeatedly pointed out, Obama knows what he’s doing.

Based on interviews with witnesses and survivors, and other documentary evidence, the United Nations says the Assad government “has committed the crimes against humanity of extermination, murder, rape or other forms of sexual violence, torture, imprisonment, enforced disappearance and other inhuman acts.”

That U.N. report doesn’t even cover what’s currently happening in Aleppo.

Washington Post correspondent Ishaan Tharoor writes, “The Assad regime advance was boosted by the support of Iran-backed militias on the ground as well as months of Russian aerial bombardment. Other powers, including the United States, have looked on with a degree of helplessness as Moscow’s intervention tilted the course of events on the Syrian battlefield strongly in the regime’s favor.”

That “helplessness” is a betrayal of those in Syria who wanted Assad to go and a democratic form of government established in his place. Recall that Obama had once called for Assad to go. He dropped that demand to appease the Russians and Iranians.

There is no other way to describe it: the Obama policy is to let the Russian/Iranian/Hezbollah axis take over Syria. That is what the current battle for Aleppo is all about.

Times columnist Roger Cohen argues that “It is too late, as well as pure illusion, to expect significant change in Obama’s Syria policy.” But he proposes that Obama should at least increase the number of Syrian refugees taken in this year to 65,000, as opposed to his currently proposed 10,000. But letting in more refugees scares Americans who suspect that there will be terrorists among them.

Such a proposal plays into the hands of Donald Trump, who wants a moratorium on Muslim immigration, while supporting Russian aggression in Syria. “If Putin wants to go and knock the hell out of ISIS, I am all for it, 100 percent, and I can’t understand how anybody would be against it,” Trump said during the fourth Republican presidential debate.

As those who understood Russian strategy knew from the start, Putin’s policy has been to “knock the hell out” of the anti-Assad rebels, not ISIS. No wonder Putin called Trump “bright and talented.” The Russian president figures he would be able to manipulate a President Trump just as easily as he can have his way with Obama.

Yet it’s Trump who throws around the word “pussy” at Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), one of his opponents in the Republican presidential campaign.

Like Obama, Trump supports Putin’s military aggression in Syria. Unlike Obama, Trump wants to stop the additional refugees from coming in. So Trump looks like a tough guy with his anti-Muslim immigration policy, which is a consequence of his pro-Russian policy that generates the refugees in the first place. It is completely nonsensical.

Meanwhile, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has proposed that Iran join Saudi Arabia and other Arab/Muslim countries in a coalition. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign released a statement from a group of former officials noting that Sanders’ recommendation that Iran should join with its adversary Saudi Arabia in a military coalition was “puzzling.”

Coverage of the entire campaign has been puzzling, as we are constantly being entertained by insults back and forth with Trump usually at the center of media attention. This time, it’s a vulgar insult from Trump about Cruz.

How about some coverage of the Obama administration’s complicity in the extermination campaign being carried out by Russia and Iran in Syria? And the complicity of those such as Donald Trump who have encouraged Putin’s aggression in Syria?



Comments

  • RMThoughts

    The Syrian campaign against the foreign supported terrorists continues with the help of Russia and Iran. This campaign is aimed at killing all terrorists and their associated forces as demanded by the United Nations Security Council resolution 2254..which… [r]eiterates “its call in resolution 2249 (2015) for Member States to prevent and suppress terrorist acts committed specifically by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da’esh), Al-Nusra Front (ANF), and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al Qaeda or ISIL, and other terrorist groups, […] and to eradicate the safe haven they have established”

    Neocon propaganda clowns cite a not yet existing siege of thousands of al-Qaeda/al-Nusra fighters and maybe some 40,000 civilians refugees in insurgent held parts of Aleppo to demand a U.S. attack on Syrian and Russian forces and save the terrorist from destruction.

    The U.S. now needs to find some end to the conflict in Syria. Someone finally told Kerry that Russia is not in a “quagmire” in Syria but is winning. The U.S. is in a hurry now as it knows that it will have zero influence left on the issue should the Syrian government and Russia have the time to kill off the US backed “rebel” opposition. It needs a ceasefire to stay relevant.

    The US is disinterested in combatting ISIS and cares only about overthrowing President Assad, no matter if doing so involves flagrant violations of international law – Unlike Russia and Iran, Syria never gave the US permission to use its airspace and effectively ally itself with the people who carried out 9/11.

    The US is learning the hard way that you only have so much leadership authority when you are using mercenaries and proxy terrorists.

  • This is nonsense. Don’t you realize that you hurt your own credibility if you come to these wild, impossible, conclusions based on vague connections (Obama has not been loud enough in his opposition to Putin, therefore he MUST be “collaborating” with the Russians and is against the people of Syria. C’mon. I like you. Stay in reality.
    On the other hand, I do appreciate and agree with you on the fact that the candidates are not, but should be covering this, because it’s life and death and tragedy and most people seem to be trying not to look at it.

  • Ted

    What a bunch of off-the-wall and totally speculative bu**sh**!

  • MARYSWEET

    This foreign policy bodes sadly for America and that is why obama will back Putin in attacking Syria. obama will NEVER attack anyone but because, as usual, obama is doing nothing which makes it look like he is siding with Putin. obama and Putin are not allies but hate each other. But Putin is also still KGB mentality and he want to restore Russia to what it used to be and he has no scruples about how he does it.

  • Sine Pari

    Donald Trump is the only viable candidate who hasn’t worked for the government all his life… A vote for anyone else is a vote for more wars…

    Fighting to protect Al Qaeda and ISIS against Russia is stupid.

    Bernie Sanders is a militant communist Jew just as much as Bill Kristol is… there is no difference…? Satanism is a Jewish cult.

  • NoJewishWars

    Wrong border ásshole… you go fight the Russians for ISIS…

  • White Vote Matter

    Fighting to protect Al Qaeda and ISIS against Russia is stupid…

    I hope the Russians kill them all… Assad was telling the truth from the beginning… the “rebels” are terrorists…

    These arm chair generals can kiss my áss.

  • Amberteka

    NOT true. Obama backed the so called Syrian Rebels. Susan Rice was on TV calling for the removal of Assad not two weeks ago. Samantha Powers also called for the removal of Assad at the U.N. Some believe that the President would rather have the Muslim Brotherhood in power as happened in Libya and in Egypt when Neo Cons praised the “Arab Spring” and it turned into a blood bath.
    Donald Trump said Assad was a bad man. Like Sadam Hussein. But that he got rid of terrorists in his nation. Like Sadam. Trump who warned the Neo Cons that invading Iraq would bring down disaster says
    LET Russians die in Syria. LET Russia send their kids to die.
    I Say. LET ISRAEL get in the fight. LET Saudi Arabia get in the Fight. ditto Qutar. UAE.
    WE ARE NOT THE POLICEMEN OF THE WORLD. That is a big part of this election. We are done. Finished. Let them fright for eternity. No skin off our nose
    And keep them out of the USA.

  • Amberteka

    This may be the first big break in the power the Neo Cons, Defense Contractors, etc have on the USA.
    They are not taking it well.

  • Tom Sea

    Russia ain’t even fighting ISIS.

  • Tom Sea

    Russia is helping iSIS

  • RMThoughts

    Of course, Russia, Iran and Assad are all helping the Wahhabi ISIS. Why didn’t I realize that?

  • Right. And they have this bizarre ability to deny that with a straight face. They fundamentally CLAIM to be fighting ISIS, while actually supporting their buddy, Assad. Their destruction is almost as bad as Assad’s. And both are equally evil.

  • RMThoughts

    Whatever you may think of Putin, you have to give the man at least some credit for telling the New World Order that Syria is not going to be like Iraq.

    If Russia happens to be on the side of reason, then you can be sure that we should applaud Russia.

  • Tom Sea

    The Assads likely helped the attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut, no love lost here.

  • MARYSWEET

    I’m not sure I like applauding bullies and that is what Putin is. Right now the whole world is sitting on a time bomb and it won’t take much to set it off.