Monday, October 12, 2015
FOUR RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT THE CONFLICT IN SYRIA - AL BAGHDADI, THE STATS OF FAILURE, CHINA, FAILURE AS VICTORY QUOTE
1.) Yesterday they were reporting that Russian jets hit the convoy of Al Baghdadi the leader of ISIS. He was initially reported dead but this morning they are saying he was present but managed to escape and is still alive. Funny how Russia could move so quickly to find him while America took years to find Bin Laden. Like Bin Laden, Al Baghdadi is a mysterious guy (not sure if he even exists) with a lot of odd connections in his past which I would like to see fully investigated.
2.) From the Department of Defense website, here's the complete rundown on stats on America's military actions in Syria since this begun As of 4:59 p.m. EDT Oct. 6, the U.S. and coalition have conducted a total of 7,323 strikes (4,701 Iraq / 2,622 Syria).
U.S. has conducted 5,718 strikes in Iraq and Syria (3,231 Iraq / 2,487 Syria)Rest of Coalition has conducted 1,605 strikes in Iraq and Syria (1,470 Iraq /135 Syria)
The countries that have participated in the strikes include:
In Iraq: (1) Australia, (2) Canada, (3) Denmark, (4) France, (5) Jordan, (6) The Netherlands, and (7) UKIn Syria: (1) Australia, (2) Bahrain, (3) Canada, (4) France, (5) Jordan, (6) Saudi Arabia, (7) Turkey and (8) UAE
As of Oct. 6, U.S. and partner nation aircraft have flown an estimated 57,843 sorties in support of operations in Iraq and Syria.
Cost of Operations
As of Sep. 15, 2015, the total cost of operations related to ISIL since kinetic operations started on Aug. 8, 2014, is $4 billion and the average daily cost is $10 million for 404 days of operations.
And this does not include Syrian operations or the Russian operation, just doesn't make sense that they still have massive capabilities after what the US threw at them unless it was all a big show.
The answer is clear - America should outsource all future wars to Russia.
3.) One part of the Russia/Syria story not getting much attention is the role of China who is providing material support and even sending a battleship or two. This is for two reasons a.) Like the schoolyard bully that got slapped down by a kid who it thought was weak and is now looking to pick on someone perceived as weaker, America is trying to cause trouble for China in the South China sea sending battleships and challenging territorial water claims. This is a message to them. Expect America to be humiliated more in the weeks ahead b.) China has a larger population of Muslims than either Syria or Russia and just like in the Russian provinces of Chechnya and Dagestan, Jihadists who went to Syria are now showing up particularly in the Northwest provinces of XinJiang, Gansu, and Ningxia. And they want to stem the tide.
4.) President Obama said this on Russian military action in Syria " The administration is debating the merits of taking further action or whether we are better off letting Putin hang himself" which means we declare victory and then run away with our tail between our legs. What a load of complete bullshit!