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Yup, they have to keep their only "justification" for war against Assad alive. After all, eventually ISIS will be defeated but the permanent war must continue.
The previous administration, who had plenty of experience with the topic, coined the term "catastrophic success". I would guess this is one more case of Obama following in Bush's footsteps. He practically says, "Mission accomplished!"
So, who are the "allies" and as to what?
No maybes about it. That's been the US/NATO operating method since the beginning of this conflict? Keep the propaganda flowing, count on the aftereffect of 70 years of Cold War rhetoric to avoid any scrutiny of western claims, call the Russians aggressors while driving NATO right to the gates of Moscow. A truth with as much in common with Lewis Carroll as with George Orwell. In the entire nuclear era, no top leadership of a power state has so openly flirted with the possibility of nuclear war as the Obama-Kerry clique has over demanding total Russian submission to American diktat and free Russian natural gas for the Ukrainians.
The hegemony is utterly bipartisan, an equal opportunity exploiter, both parties are open now under the same ownership.
But freedom. Especially the freedom to sell oil cheaply to western oil companies. The struggle endures. We stand behind these selfless patriots.
A little more directly than we've been supplying ISIS lately, but not an entirely new thing for the ISIS fighters I'm sure.
1600 "advisers". Vietnam, 1961.
It's the structure of the system. Millions of us voted in 2008 for the candidate we thought was antiwar, the one that was marketed to us as such. The system lies, and what are our means of advance fact-checking? We have none. All we can do is either be in a permanent state of response, or reject the system in its totality.
Propaganda indeed, these aren't even bombers except insofar as they use the TU-95 airframe. They are SIGINT (signals intelligence) reconnaisance planes, never configured for any other purpose. And yes, of course the US has similar flights, aboard the RC-135 jets, on which I was a former crewmember. This is just ratcheting up the Cold War hysteria, "the Russians are coming!" Actually these flights, by both sides, make everyone safer by providing a factual understanding of what the others are doing. Those facts don't get shared with the public, but at least the militaries get a chance to tell themselves the truth.