page 4 “Thing That Matter”
TRUTH, POLITICS AND “AMERICAN LEADERSHIP” FOR THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY FORCE ON THE PLANET
IS PRESIDENT OBAMA A WORLD LEADER?
IS PRESIDENT OBAMA PROTECTING OUR HOMELAND AND AMERICAN CITIZENS FROM LONE WOLF ATTACKS?
WHO’S PROTECTING AMERICAS AUTONOMY? IS OUR FREEDOM FROM EXTERNAL CONTROL OR INFLUENCE SECURE? IS OUR INDEPENDENCE SECURE?.
WHAT DID AMERICA’S PRESIDENT OBAMA HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH BY ATTENDING AND SPEAKING AT THE SEPT. 28, 2015 UNITED NATIONS MEETING?
AFTER OVER 14 YEARS OF UNRESOLVED BLOODY WAR AND CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST?
THE UNITED NATIONS HAS FOUR PURPOSES:
1. To maintain international peace and security
2. To develop friendly relations among nations
3. To cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights
4. And to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations
COOPERATING IN THIS EFFORT ARE MORE THAN 30 AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS, known together as the UN system.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM AFTER OVER 14 YEARS OF UNRESOLVED BLOODY WAR AND CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST?
A GLOBAL PLATFORM TO CREATE MORE CONFLICT?
UNITED NATIONS Sept. 28, 2015 — The “LEADERS” OF THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA TRADED BLUNT CRITICISMS ON MONDAY AT THE UNITED NATIONS, ESSENTIALLY BLAMING EACH OTHER FOR THE CATASTROPHIC WAR IN Syria AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS IT HELPED TO SPAWN.
Sept. 28, 2015 PRESIDENT OBAMA TOLD THE UN INTERNATIONAL BODY THAT HE COMMANDS THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY FORCE ON THE PLANET. but no matter how powerful its military or strong its economy, the United States could not solve the world’s problems on its own, he said.
PRESIDENT OBAMA MADE A FORCEFUL DEFENSE OF DIPLOMACY BUT ALSO “CASTIGATED RUSSIA” BY NAME MULTIPLE TIMES IN HIS SPEECH FOR ITS DEFENSE OF THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT, its takeover of Crimea and its actions supporting Ukrainian rebels.
WHY DID AMERICA’S PRESIDENT ATTEND AND SPEAK AT THE SEPT. 28, 2015 UNITED NATIONS MEETING?
TO BE THE WORLD LEADER THAT COMMANDS THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY FORCE ON THE PLANET?
1. To maintain international peace and security?
2. To develop friendly relations among nations?
3. To cooperate in solving international problems? and in promoting respect for human rights
4. And to be a WORLD LEADER for harmonizing the actions of 30 nations?
NOPE, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WENT TO THE UNITED NATIONS MEETING TO JAB THE RUSSIAN BEAR WITH A SHARP STICK.
Sept. 28, 2015 PRESIDENT OBAMA MADE A FORCEFUL DEFENSE OF DIPLOMACY? BY CASTIGATING RUSSIA?
Hmmm… DIPLOMACY (from the Greek δίπλωμα, MEANING MAKING A DEAL WITH OTHER COUNTRIES) IS THE ART AND PRACTICE OF CONDUCTING NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN REPRESENTATIVES
Hmmm… CASTIGATING to criticize or punish someone severely. An example of castigate is when a person, PRESIDENT PUTIN, is punished harshly in public, by PRESIDENT OBAMA in front of 30 nations, for his behavior.
WHY DID RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN ATTEND AND SPEAK AT THE SEPT. 28, 2015 UNITED NATIONS MEETING?
TO BE THE WORLD LEADER BY CREATING A SOLUTION?
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN SPOKE TO THE UNITED NATIONS of creating “a genuinely broad international coalition” to fight the Islamic State, including a Security Council resolution to “coordinate” military action.
Indeed, a plan to help resolve the catastrophic war in Syria and the refugee crisis it helped to spawn.
3. TO COOPERATE IN SOLVING INTERNATIONAL PROBLEMS
4. AND TO BE A WORLD LEADER FOR COORDINATING THE MILITARY ACTIONS OF 30 NATIONS, TO FIGHT THE ISLAMIC STATE.
LEARNING FROM AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY
General George Patton: “We herd sheep, we drive cattle, WE LEAD PEOPLE,
LEAD ME, follow me, or get out of my way”
AND, “A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week”.
HOW IS PRESIDENT OBAMA LEADERSHIP WORKING OUT FOR AMERICA, AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY FORCE ON THE PLANET?
AFTER OVER 14 YEARS OF UNRESOLVED BLOODY WAR AND CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST, THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT SYRIA….
Hmmm… Sept. 28, 2015 Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, asserted, TRUST IS FADING, AND IMPATIENCE WITH LEADERSHIP CAN BE SEEN AND FELT FAR AND WIDE.”
OBAMA’S FLEXIBLE LEADERSHIP?
“Mar 26, 2012 – President Barack Obama was caught on microphone telling Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russia, “After my election I have more flexibility.”
WHO KNEW THAT BY Sep 30, 2015 OBAMA’S FLEXIBILITY, AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE LEADER OF MOST POWERFUL COUNTY IN THE WORLD, WOULD BE BENDING OVER BACKWARD TO VLADIMIR PUTIN’S MILITARY POWER AND AUTHORITY IN SYRIA?
WHAT DID RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN DO AFTER BEING CASTIGATED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA Sept. 28, 2015 IN FRONT OF 30 UNITED NATIONS, FOR HIS BEHAVIOR? And after a 95 minutes private meeting between President Obama?
The details of their discussions were not immediately disclosed.
Good discussion? Bad? Ugly? you decide…
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN executed a violent plan
CNN-Sep 30, 2015
Russia launches first airstrikes in Syria
“A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week”. LEAD ME, follow me, or get out of my way”
Putin dares, Obama dithers
The Economist – 16 hours ago
Oops…. get out of my way
LEADERSHIP? (Good? Bad? Ugly?)
Sat, Oct 3, 2015
ISIS jihadis OBLITERATED: Putin jets blast terrorist HQ in Syria with …
Express.co.uk-3 hours ago
RUSSIAN bombers have OBLITERATED nine Islamic State (ISIS) outposts in just 24 hours as Vladimir Putin steps up his huge bombing …
Good? Bad? Ugly? you decide…
What do I know, As an American citizen I am concerned about the safety and future of my country. I research, read, document, cut, paste, connect the dots and disseminate, in an attempt to inform and educate American Citizens.
Feb 7, 2015 – Measles and Terrorism The Epidemic spread of Terrorism? … http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/the-fight-against-isil-shiite …
Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Feb 11, 2015 – A longtime expert on military affairs, a researcher on Shiite militias, and a retired U.S. Army colonel discuss optimal partners for defeating ISIS …
Michael Knights, Phillip Smyth, and P. J. Dermer
February 6, 2015 C-SPAN
Download Michael Knight’s Presentation (PDF)
Download Phillip Smyth’s Presentation (PDF)
I watched all of it.
SEPT 16, 2015 I watched part of this on C-SPAN. It was much more then described.
Sep 15, 2015 – Committee on Armed Services: September 16, to hold hearings to examine United States military operations to counter the Islamic State in Iraq …
The Honorable Christine E. Wormuth
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Adobe Acrobat DocumentDownload Testimony
General Lloyd J. Austin III, USA
Commander, U.S. Central Command
Adobe Acrobat Document
Indeed, It was much more then described.
I forgot to mention, the HOMELAND threat to Americans from LONE WOLF ATTACKS mentioned by General Lloyd J. Austin III, USA Commander, U.S. Central Command on September 16, 2015
On Sept 17, 2015, I sent an email to some friends….
The huge policy mess, Kerry’s diplomacy? Who’s who at the middle east WAR ZOO? including who we are or? or who we should be funding, supporting, training, bombing and trying NOT to bomb. how many countries?
Who we should be ousting out or keeping in?
How many millions ( 4 to 8 to 12 million) of just Syrian refuges. And only LORD knows how many other refugees from the other WAR TORN countries? after 14 years of Bloody War, All running helter skelter, the cost in human life? The never ever ending cost in money.
Who’s winning the war on terrorism? How far has it spread? Who’s taken and given up the most area?
Well, that depends? More or less here and there???
You, every American one of you, should watch the testimony
On Sept. 28, 2015. PRESIDENT OBAMA CASTIGATED Russia’s President PUTIN.
On Sep 30, 2015 Russia launches first airstrikes in Syria
Oct. 3, 2015 HAS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS LOST IT’S SUPREME POWER AND AUTHORITY IN SYRIA? You decide?
NOW, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN IS CALLING THE SHOTS IN SYRIA ON THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS TERRORISM.
NOW, PUTIN IS DECIDING WHO’S WHO AT THE MIDDLE EAST WAR ZOO?
IS DECIDING WHO RUSSIA SHOULD BE FUNDING, SUPPORTING, TRAINING, BOMBING AND TRYING NOT TO BOMB. HOW MANY COUNTRIES?
NOW,PUTIN IS DECIDING WHO RUSSIA SHOULD BE OUSTING OUT OR KEEPING IN?
AND, ABOUT SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY’S DIPLOMACY POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST?
Hmmm…. Aug 7, 2015 -And, THE US SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, HAS SAID THE VIETNAM WAR WAS THE RESULT … FROM THE MOST PROFOUND FAILURE OF DIPLOMATIC INSIGHT AND POLITICAL VISION. …
Good? Bad? Ugly? you decide…
Obama and Putin Play Diplomatic Poker Over Syria – The …
The New York Times
4 days ago – PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH TO THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2015 SEPT. 28 2015 … and criticized other western states’ policies in the Middle East. … “Let’s remember how this started,” Mr. Obama said of the Syria conflict.
UNITED NATIONS — The leaders of the United States and Russia traded blunt criticisms on Monday at the United Nations, essentially blaming each other for the catastrophic war in Syria and the refugee crisis it helped to spawn.
The speeches of President Obama, followed more than an hour later by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, dominated the opening of the annual General Assembly of world leaders.
MR. OBAMA MADE A FORCEFUL DEFENSE OF DIPLOMACY BUT ALSO CASTIGATED RUSSIA BY NAME MULTIPLE TIMES IN HIS SPEECH FOR ITS DEFENSE OF THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT, its takeover of Crimea and its actions supporting Ukrainian rebels.
“Dangerous currents risk pulling us back into a darker, more disordered world,” Mr. Obama said.
Those currents include major powers that want to ignore international rules AND IMPOSE ORDER THROUGH FORCE OF MILITARY POWER, HE SAID.
“In accordance with this logic, we should support tyrants like Bashar al-Assad who drops barrel bombs to massacre innocent civilians because the alternative is surely worse,” he said in comments that seemed to be aimed directly at Mr. Putin.
In what amounted to a basic rebuttal of Mr. Obama, the Russian leader extolled the Syrian leader, saying that he represented stability and that his forces needed support to fight the Islamic State extremists now threatening the region — even though Mr. Assad’s forces are for the most part fighting rebel groups dedicated to his ouster, not the Islamic State militants.
“We think it’s an enormous mistake to refuse to cooperate with the Syrian government and its armed forces who are valiantly fighting terrorism face to face,” Mr. Putin said.
But Mr. Putin, in what appeared to be a step to outmaneuver Mr. Obama on Syria, also spoke of creating “a genuinely broad international coalition” to fight the Islamic State, including a Security Council resolution to “coordinate” military action.
How the United States and its allies will respond to such an idea is unclear. But President François Hollande of France, speaking to reporters later, welcomed the idea of a “broad coalition” and even a Security Council resolution as long as two conditions were met: a stop to the bombings and a “political transition with departure of Assad.” Mr. Hollande did not elaborate on exactly when Mr. Assad would have to leave.
In remarks about foreign Islamic State fighters that seemed clearly aimed at stoking fears in Europe, Mr. Putin said: “We cannot allow these criminals who have already felt the smell of blood to return back home and continue their evil doings. No one wants this to happen, does he?”
Mr. Putin did not hear Mr. Obama speak — the Russian leader had just arrived in New York from Moscow. But the tensions between the two are well known. In a deft bit of diplomacy, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sat in between them during a lunch he hosted for a number of top leaders.
In his toast, Mr. Ban, invoking the saying “There is no such thing as a free lunch,” exhorted his guests to help the United Nations reach the new Sustainable Development Goals for eliminating extreme poverty and hunger by 2030.
Mr. Obama and Mr. Putin clinked glasses after Mr. Ban’s toast.
In his own toast, Mr. Obama praised Mr. Ban and said “We are facing extraordinary challenges today, ones that test our capacity to work together.”
Later in the afternoon Mr. Obama and Mr. Putin posed for photographers before a long-awaited private meeting between the two, which lasted for 95 minutes. They shook hands at the start but made no comments, and the details of their discussions were not immediately disclosed.
In his earlier speech, Mr. Obama also chided China for its expansions in the South China Sea and Iran for its support of Mr. Assad, as well as the broader anti-American messages that emanate from the Iranians.
“Chanting ‘Death to America’ does not create jobs, or make Iran more secure,” Mr. Obama said.
Mr. Obama said that he was realistic, but he said realism had to take into account the brutality of the Assad government in Syria, where war has raged for more than four years.
“Let’s remember how this started,” Mr. Obama said of the Syria conflict. “Assad reacted to peaceful protest by escalating repression and killing and in turn created the environment for the current strife.”
Such violence makes it impossible for the vast majority of Syria’s population to accept Mr. Assad as their leader, Mr. Obama said.
Similarly, Mr. Obama said, a fidelity to international rules required that the United States respond forcefully to Russia’s intervention in Crimea and Ukraine. He said that the United States had few economic interests in the region and understood the long history that Russia had with Crimea and Ukraine.
“But we cannot stand by when the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a nation is flagrantly violated.” He added: “That’s the basis of the sanctions that the United States and our partners imposed on Russia. It’s not a desire to return to the Cold War.”
MR. OBAMA TOLD THE INTERNATIONAL BODY THAT HE COMMANDS THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY FORCE ON THE PLANET. But no matter how powerful its military or strong its economy, the United States could not solve the world’s problems on its own, he said.
He pointed to the war in Iraq where, despite sending more than 100,000 troops and spending trillions of dollars, the United States was unsuccessful in stabilizing the country.
MR. OBAMA EXTOLLED THE DIPLOMATIC COURSE IN WHICH THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER WORLD POWERS had successfully negotiated a nuclear agreement with Iran. And, in one of the first lines to yield cheers, he said that the United States had finally acknowledged that its posture toward Cuba had been wrong and that under his watch, diplomatic relations had been restored.
“As these contacts yield progress, I’m confident that our Congress will inevitably lift an embargo that should not be in place anymore,” he said to cheers. “Change won’t come overnight to Cuba but I’m confident that openness not coercion will support the reforms and better the life that the Cuban people deserve.”
MR. OBAMA MADE A FORCEFUL CASE FOR DEMOCRACY AND POINTED OUT THAT “DICTATORSHIPS ARE UNSTABLE.”
“You can jail your opponents but you can’t imprison ideas,” he said.
President Xi Jinping of China, speaking later in the day, reiterated what he called the Chinese priority of peace and stability for its economic development. He also demonstrated China’s enormous financial influence by announcing a $1 billion fund for the United Nations, and said his country would create a permanent standby peacekeeping contingent of 8,000 police and troops in case it is needed by the world body.
Despite a swooning Russian economy and Western condemnation of Russia’s takeover of Crimea and intervention in Ukraine, MR. PUTIN SEEMS TO HAVE SURPRISED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WITH AN INTELLIGENCE-SHARING ALLIANCE WITH IRAQ, SYRIA AND IRAN ABOUT THE ISLAMIC STATE MILITANT GROUP THAT OCCUPIES PARTS OF SYRIA AND IRAQ.
The Russians and Americans even squabbled in recent days over who asked whom for the meeting between the two presidents.
Mr. Putin has said that Mr. Assad is a vital bulwark against the Islamic State; Mr. Obama has said that Mr. Assad must leave before the conflict in Syria can be resolved.
President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, in his speech, offered to help to “bring about democracy” in the two conflicts where it has influence, in Syria and Iran, even as he signaled his support for the Russian notion of a Security Council resolution.
“We propose that the fight against terrorism be incorporated into a binding international document and no country be allowed to use terrorism for the purpose of intervention in the affairs of other countries,” Mr. Rouhani said.
Mr. Obama was the first in a line of speakers from the big powers scheduled to speak at the 70th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, where the Syria conflict and its consequences — the spread of Islamic State jihadism and the surge of refugees into Europe — were dominant themes.
In opening the General Assembly, Mr. Ban struck a somber tone, asserting that: “Inequality is growing, TRUST IS FADING, AND IMPATIENCE WITH LEADERSHIP CAN BE SEEN AND FELT FAR AND WIDE.”
The remarks by Mr. Ban, who is approaching his last year as the secretary general, were unusually pointed.
He called to leaders to not stay in power beyond their constitutional terms in office, pressed permanent members of the Security Council to put aside their divisions, called explicitly for an “end to bombings” in Yemen, and named the five countries that, as he said, “hold the key” to peace in Syria: Russia, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey.
Mr. Ban said 100 million civilians are in need of aid, for which the United Nations has pleaded for $20 billion. He rebuked the rich for not giving more, giving examples: One third of what the organization needs for Syria and Iraq has been received and for Gambia, whose children are among the hungriest in the world, nothing has come in.
He stepped up his criticism of countries that shut their borders to refugees. “I urge Europe to do more,” reminding the Continent’s leaders that “after the Second World War it was Europeans seeking assistance.”
He marked two pieces of good news. He praised the nuclear pact that the world powers reached with Iran. And with some relief, he noted that the world had come together to stop the Ebola virus from spreading.
President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, who was the first to speak, scolded those countries that have tried to prohibit refugees fleeing conflicts in the Middle East, pointing out that Brazil hosts Syrians and Haitians now as it opened the doors to Europeans and Asians a century ago. “In a world where goods, capital, data and ideas flow freely, it is absurd to impede the free flow of people,” she said.
Good? Bad? Ugly? you decide…
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Russian Airstrikes in Syria Hit Targets in ISIS-Controlled Area
By NEIL MacFARQUHAR OCT. 2, 2015
MOSCOW — The Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday that it had bombed seven targets in Syria in overnight air raids, including a command post and a training camp near the northwestern city of Raqqa that would be the first strike in an area widely recognized as being under the control of the Islamic State.
The United States and other nations that back groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad have accused the Russian forces of targeting almost every opposition group but the Islamic State in the airstrikes that began on Wednesday.
Turkey issued a joint statement on Friday with Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United States, calling on Russia to stop targeting the opposition groups they have been supporting and warning that such attacks would feed radicalism and extremism.
Their view was summarily rejected later at the United Nations by the foreign minister of Syria, Walid al-Moallem. Delivering his nation’s speech at the annual General Assembly, Mr. Moallem thanked the Russians for coming to the aid of the Syrian military with airstrikes and asserted they were part of its effort to combat terrorism.
Mr. Moallem castigated the alliance of Western and Arab states for what he called their failure to stop the flow of foreign jihadists into Syria. He blamed the alliance for creating the crisis now engulfing the country.
“Our vision proved to be correct,” Mr. Moallem said.
The Russian foray into Syria also preoccupied a Ukraine summit meeting in Paris on Friday, at least initially. The leaders of Russia and France talked for an hour about Syria, a French official said, before the broader meeting, which included the leaders of Germany and Ukraine, meant to shore up the agreement signed in Minsk, Belarus, this year that was intended to pacify southeast Ukraine.
In Moscow on Friday, the Defense Ministry said that its warplanes had flown 10 sorties overnight, hitting seven targets including a training camp and a command post run by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, near Raqqa.
Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the ministry, said that the training camp was near the town of Maaden Jedid and that the command post was near Kasert-Faraj, both southwest of Raqqa.
Raqqa has emerged as the capital of the patchwork of territory that the Islamic State controls across northern Syria.
In Raqqa, the authorities announced that they were canceling Friday Prayer in the mosques as a safety measure, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a organization based in Britain that tracks local activity across the country.
The Russians also reportedly hit Qaratayn, south of Homs, according to Mayadeen TV, a Lebanese channel close to the Damascus government. Islamic State forces captured the town recently, pushing out from the desert city of Palmyra toward Damascus, and they are still holding some Assyrian Christian hostages from there.
The other four areas that Syrian state television reported had been hit by Russian forces were in different parts of the country known to be controlled by rebel groups other than the Islamic State.
Russia has rejected accusations that, in trying to shore up Mr. Assad, it has hit all opposition groups indiscriminately rather than concentrating on Islamic State militants. Its military operations have confounded the loose coalition of nations that have been backing the opposition since the civil war erupted in 2011.
The statement from the seven countries expressed “deep concern” about the Russian military buildup in Syria, and in particular Russian Air Force attacks around Hama, Homs and Idlib. The attacks avoided Islamic State targets and caused civilian casualties, the statement said.
“These military actions constitute a further escalation and will only fuel more extremism and radicalization,” the statement said. “We call on the Russian federation to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and to focus its efforts on fighting ISIL.”
Russia, like Syria, which has been deeply involved in picking the Russian Air Force’s targets, does not distinguish among the various opposition groups, labeling them all Islamic State or “terrorists.”
As part of its campaign in Syria, the Russian Navy has deployed the missile cruiser Moscow to defend Russian Air Force planes stationed near Latakia, the Interfax news agency reported on Friday, quoting an unidentified military source.
The missile cruiser, part of a fleet that operates permanently in the eastern Mediterranean, has fired a few shots at aerial targets, the agency reported, without providing any additional details.
Russian support for the Assad government is based at least in part on a desire to maintain access to its longstanding naval station at Tartus, its only overseas military post outside the former Soviet Union.
Reporting was contributed by Hwaida Saad and Maher Samaan from Beirut, Lebanon; Rick Gladstone from New York; and Aurelien Breeden from Paris.
the bottom line….
IS PRESIDENT OBAMA PROTECTING OUR HOMELAND AND AMERICAN CITIZENS FROM LONE WOLF ATTACKS?
IS PRESIDENT OBAMA PROTECTING AMERICAS AUTONOMY? IS OUR FREEDOM FROM EXTERNAL CONTROL OR INFLUENCE SECURE? IS OUR INDEPENDENCE SECURE?