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Russia Mocks the USA for Refusing to Fight Terrorism

As Russia mocks the Obama administration for obstructing them in Syria, our news media tries to cover for the White House.

I wouldn’t normally go to Sputnik news, but Drudge directed me to this story about how Russia mocks the U.S. government for its inaction (at best) in Syria.

The Russian Defense Ministry commented on the US State Department’s calls not to help tankers shipping fuel to the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria. If Washington cannot or does not want to fight terrorists, it should not get in the way, the ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday.

US State Department’s spokesman Mark Toner urged other countries not to provide support for Russian tankers shipping fuel to the Russian aviation group in Syria.

“Such statements, unfortunately, only confirm our earlier estimates that fighting terrorism in Syria has never been on the outgoing administration’s agenda,” Konashenkov said.

Washington had impeded negotiations, did not separate terrorists and opposition and now openly called on other countries to hamper Moscow’s anti-terrorism fight in Syria “to somehow downplay the failures of US policies in the country since 2014”, the spokesman said. Konashenkov said that the US-led coalition can only dream of a success comparable to the one Russia has achieved for a year: over 2,000 settlements have joined ceasefire, 86 armed groups have stopped fighting and hundreds of thousands of Syrians have returned to peaceful life to rebuild the country.

I don’t know how accurate these claims are, but the basic thrust of the message is all too credible. The administration lies about Russia, while it risks World War III in defense of terrorists.

So, what does the U.S. media do?

This L. A. Times story is typical.

Over the last year, Russia’s Defense Ministry has released dozens of videos showing how its bombers and fighter jets hit targets in Syria or supported President Bashar Assad’s ground troops with gunfire and missiles.

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The videos have served as effective promotional tools for Russian aircraft; air defense missile systems and missiles; “smart” bombs guided by lasers or satellites; diesel submarines; jamming communication systems; tanks; sniper rifles and modified AK-47s, analysts and other observers say.

Russia’s arms exports this year are expected to total at least $14 billion, and next year’s figure is expected to be higher, officials say.

From 2011 to 2015, Russia was responsible for a quarter of global arms exports, second to the United States’ 33%, and ahead of third place China’s 5.9%, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a security monitor.

Thus, the entire effort of Russia to fight al Qaeda is diminished to an attempt to sell arms. Yet the story admits that Russia is second to the United States in selling arms. So why isn’t the story about the U.S.? By this logic, all U.S. military efforts should be interpreted as an attempt to export arms to buyers all over the world.

It seems to me that, now that Russia has rejected communism, the Liberals are extracting revenge by reinventing the Red Scare against the Kremlin.

Hopefully, Donald Trump will stop this policy.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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