For Barack Obama's ISIS friends, let's just say that "business" is about to pick up:
Russia has conducted its first airstrike against ISIS in Syria, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.
The airstrike targeted ISIS military equipment, communications centers, vehicles and ammunition, Major-General Igor Konashenkov said, as part of pinpoint strikes against ISIS ground targets.
The Russians will crush ISIS, and quickly, because (1) they have an eminently logical reason for doing so - their unqualified support for Bashar al-Assad - and consequently, (2) they have absolutely no reason to hold back against the jihadist entity attempting to depose him.
But that's only the beginning:
“We see some very sophisticated air defenses going into those airfields. We see some very sophisticated air-to-air aircraft going into these airfields. I have not seen ISIS flying any airplanes that require SA-15s or SA-22s (Russian missiles). I have not seen ISIS flying any airplanes that require sophisticated air-to-air capabilities. I’m looking at the capabilities and the capacities that are being created and I determine from that what might be their intent. These very sophisticated air defense capabilities are not about ISIS. They’re about something else.”
Would you believe that "something else" is.....the U.S. Air Force? That's what an anonymous Fox News source is warning:
The official told Fox News that Russian diplomats sent an official demarche ordering U.S. planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory. U.S. military sources told Fox News that U.S. planes would not comply with the Russian demand.
“There is nothing to indicate that we are changing operations over Syria,” a senior defense official said.
“We have had every indication in recent weeks that (the Russians) were going to do something given the build-up,” another defense official added.
I'm sorry to have to say this, but we really don't have much of a choice but to comply with Czar Vlad's orders. These are the wages of Barack Obama punting the Syrian "red lines" crisis to Putin two years ago. Now the piper has come to collect. And if we're going to defy Moscow on Syria, we will soon find ourselves in a shooting war with the Russians that could escalate any number of different directions from there, all of them bad. Anybody who believes that Barack Obama will run that risk, stand on your head. He wanted to cede the Middle East to the Russians, remember? And this way, he can drop the pretense of an opposition to the Islamic State that he never genuinely held.
Exit quote from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:
Donald Trump's call to allow Russia to fight against the Islamic State is "just wrong," fellow GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie said Wednesday, and his comments put him in the "same boat" with Barack Obama and his "JV" comments about the militants.
"The American people really want the future of whether ISIS attacks the United States to be determined by Russia and Vladimir Putin?" the New Jersey governor said on Fox News' Fox and Friends program. "I don't think so."...
"For forty years, we've kept Russia out of the Middle East," he said. "Forty years we've kept them out of the Middle East and this president is now going to let them back in? They're teaming with Iran. Our good friends in Iran...this is the beginning of Russia trying to replace America as the major power in the Middle East."
No, Governor, this is the endgame.
Putin "is an articulate, smart, thug, and the fact is, he's not going to be an easy adversary to deal with. We're certainly ill-equipped by having a president, anybody else who thinks that we should allow Russia to take on ISIS and we should take a back seat has its fundamental misunderstanding," Christie added.