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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2:58 PM

Battle for Perpetual War is Won; US Admits Attacks on ISIS Could Last Years; Expect an Accident

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Victory Announced in Battle "for" Perpetual War

The warmonger dream of perpetual war has been won: US says Attacks on Isis Could Last Years.

The multiple airstrikes launched by the US and its Arab allies against Islamist militants in Syria were the “beginnings of a sustained campaign” that could last for years, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The airstrikes represent a dramatic volte face for a president who has spent three years battling pressure in Washington to get more involved in Syria and who was elected on a promise to bring the country’s wars in the Middle East to an end.

The US separately bombed facilities controlled by the al-Qaeda affiliate Khorasan group in Syria, near Aleppo, after receiving intelligence it was planning “imminent” attcks on Europe and possibly the US, the Pentagon said.

The bombing of non-Isis militants angered some Syrian rebels groups who feared any Islamist group could be targeted, even if they had no intention of mounting attacks outside Syria, to the benefit of Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

“We did not request the regime’s permission. We did not co-ordinate our actions with the Syrian government. We did not provide advance notification to the Syrians at a military level, or give any indication of our timing on specific targets,” said Jen Psaki, the state department spokeswoman.
No Permission, No Coordination, From "Natural Allies"

Syrian president Assad is fighting ISIS so is the US. Please consider Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister: We're 'Fighting the Same Enemy'
Syria has “no reservations” about U.S. airstrikes against ISIS and wants to team up with Washington to tackle the militants, the country’s deputy foreign minister told NBC News.

Faisal Mekdad called Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad “a natural ally” for the U.S. in its battle against ISIS, saying in an exclusive interview that both countries are “fighting the same enemy” and should be working together — not antagonizing each other.

“When it comes to terrorism, we should forget our differences… and forget all about the past,” Mekdad said. “It takes two to tango...We are ready to talk."
Obama Threatens Assad if US Planes Downed

Ready to Talk? The US is not ready to talk.  Why talk when the battle for perpetual war has been won?

Instead Obama Threatens Assad if US Planes Downed in Syrian Airspace.
US President Barack Obama has threatened to wipe out Syria’s air defense system and topple the Syrian government if President Bashar al-Assad ordered his forces to shoot American planes entering Syrian airspace.

He made the remarks during a meeting in the White House before his speech about Washington’s strategy about the ISIL terrorist group, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

Obama ordered the US military on Wednesday to expand its bombing campaign against ISIL terrorists and launch airstrikes in Syria.

“If he [Assad] dared to do that, Mr. Obama said he would order American forces to wipe out Syria’s air defense system, which he noted would be easier than striking ISIS (or ISIL) because its locations are better known,” the newspaper said.

“He went on to say that such an action by Mr. Assad would lead to his overthrow, according to one account,” the Times said.
Expect an Accident

  1. Assad has no interest in downing a US aircraft. Syria even offered cooperation (not that Syria had much to cooperate with - but at least the position of Assad towards ISIS is credible).
  2. The US responded with a credible threat to flatten Syria's air defense system.
  3. The only group happier than the warmongers with that prospect would be ISIS.
  4. Thus, the top priority of ISIS is now clear. Shoot down any US military aircraft.
  5. If ISIS can succeed or if something (even a friendly fire accident) happens to cause a US pilot to eject, the US will flatten Syria’s air defense system.

Anyone smell an accident coming up?

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