Washington Blasts Putin For Russian Strikes On "CIA-Backed Rebels" In Syria

Tyler Durden's picture

On Wednesday, we said that while even we were surprised at how quickly the Western propaganda machine was put into motion in the wake of Russia’s first airstrikes in Syria, it wasn’t at all surprising to see reports surface that Moscow was targeting US-backed forces rather than ISIS. Here’s how we put it: 

Followiing Russian lawmakers’ move to officially sanction airstrikes in Syria, Moscow wasted no time in launching its first round of air raids. In turn, the West wasted no time in contending that Russia is targeting areas that aren’t known to be strategically significant for ISIS. Here’s a look at two headlines which do a nice job of summarizing all of the rhetoric which you’re about to hear emanating ceaselessly from every corner of the Western world in the coming days and weeks:

  • U.S. IS CONCERNED RUSSIA'S INTENT IS PROTECTING ASSAD: KERRY
  • U.S. HAS 'GRAVE CONCERNS' IF RUSSIA STRIKES OUTSIDE ISIL AREAS

And here’s WSJ with a sneak peek at the new narrative which Washington will be working hard to refine:

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin inserted his country directly into Syria’s war Wednesday, as Russian forces launched their first airstrikes against what Moscow said were Islamic State targets in the Middle Eastern nation.

 

But Western leaders raised doubts about whether Russia really intended to take the fight to Islamic State, or merely broaden the Syrian regime’s offensive against a wide range of other opponents.

 

But with the exception of the area east of the town of Salamiyah in Hama province, none of the areas listed by the Syrian regime have a known presence of Islamic State fighters. They are largely dominated by relatively moderate rebel factions and Islamist groups like Ahrar al-Sham and the al Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front.

And then Reuters jumped on the bandwagon, saying that based on a Skype interview with rebel commanders, it was clear that Russian warplanes were deliberately targeting anti-regime forces other than ISIS. 

The point here isn't to suggest that Moscow isn't targeting other rebel factions operating in Syria, it's to say that i) Russia has never made a secret of its intentions to bolster Assad by routing any extremist elements aiming to overthrow the government in Damascus, and ii) the idea that the US and its regional allies are a good judge of who is a "moderate" rebel and who is or will end up being a terrorist is laughable. Indeed, thanks to the brutality of ISIS, the "moderate" label is now being openly applied to al-Qaeda (see the WSJ article cited above) which would appear to suggest that Washington would prefer a Syria run by Ayman al-Zawahiri rather than Assad.

Well on Thursday the media propaganda machine kicked into high gear as WSJ is now effectively chiding Russia for hitting areas controlled in part by "CIA-backed rebels". Here's more:

Russia launched airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, catching U.S. and Western officials off guard and drawing new condemnation as evidence suggested Moscow wasn’t targeting extremist group Islamic State, but rather other opponents of Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

 

One of the airstrikes hit an area primarily held by rebels backed by the Central Intelligence Agency and allied spy services, U.S. officials said, catapulting the Syrian crisis to a new level of danger and uncertainty. Moscow’s entry means the world’s most powerful militaries—including the U.S., Britain and France—now are flying uncoordinated combat missions, heightening the risk of conflict in the skies over Syria.

 

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Russia’s approach to the Syrian war—defending Mr. Assad while ostensibly targeting extremists—was tantamount to “pouring gasoline on the fire.”

 

“I have been dealing with them for a long time. And this is not the kind of behavior that we should expect professionally from the Russian military,” Mr. Carter said at a Pentagon news conference.

 

The U.S. and its allies were angry at the Russians on many scores: that they are supporting Mr. Assad; that they aren’t coordinating their actions with the existing, U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition; that they provided terse notice only an hour before their operations; that they demanded the U.S. coalition stay out of Syrian airspace; and that they struck in areas where anti-Assad rebels—not Islamic State—operate.

 


 

It does appear that they were in areas where there probably were not ISIL forces, and that is precisely one of the problems with this whole approach,” said Mr. Carter, the U.S. defense chief.

It would be a "problem with the approach" if your aim wasn't to restore the Assad regime, but because that is Russia's explicit (not secret, and not "mysterious", as Washington insists) aim, there's no "problem" with it at all.

Back to WSJ for the inevtiable comparisons with Crimea and Ukraine:

The U.S. spy agency has been arming and training rebels in Syria since 2013 to fight the Assad regime. Rebels who receive support under a separate arming and training program run by the Pentagon weren’t in areas targeted by Russia in its initial strikes, the officials said.

 

The combination of unpredictable, unilateral action that flouted Western exhortations posed an unmistakable resemblance to Ukraine, where Mr. Putin moved to annex the Crimea region and has defied international demands to halt its support for separatists.

 

Mr. Putin’s decision-making in Syria mirrors the way he has approached Ukraine, said Andrew Weiss, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

 

“He deliberately tries to do things to throw opponents off balance and he’s always trying to get some sort of element of surprise and tactical advantage over people, that’s sort of what keeps him going is this constant springing surprises and flipping events in his favor,” said Mr. Weiss, who worked on Russia policy in the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations.

Yes, an "unmistakable resemblance to Ukraine," much like Washington's approach to ousting Assad by training and arming extremist elements marks an "unmistakable resemblance" to countless Mid-East foreign policy blunders where the results of Washington's meddling end up being far worse than the "problem" the US was trying to "fix."

And on that note, we'll simply close by saying that while we have no doubt that Russian airstrikes will contribute to the human suffering in Syria (they're dropping bombs on populated areas after all), anyone covering this story should be careful to note that civilians (women and children included) have been dying by the hundreds of thousands in Syria for years while the US continued to support the proxy armies that contributed to the instability. So keep that in mind when you read things like the following passage, again from WSJ:

Video filmed by people affiliated with local rebel groups and posted on YouTube showed the aftermath of the airstrikes in Talbiseh. In one video, rebels and citizens are seen rushing down a street as thick black smoke and fire engulfed heavily damaged buildings. Then they are shown attempting to rescue those trapped under the rubble. A dazed man covered in blood was lifted up from the ground and taken outside.

 

“Is there anyone here?” a voice is heard shouting. “I don’t know, I don’t know but lots of people live here!” answers a panicked man.

 

In another video a naked child covered in blood and shrapnel is shown crying on a bed at a local field hospital.

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longwood's picture

Welcome to NOT running the world USA...

Newsboy's picture

The dog ate my al Nusra!

Money Counterfeiter's picture

China needs to send 200,000 troups and tell Washington to STFU.

NoDebt's picture

There will be a lot of hand-wringing by the US, Kerry will bitch and bellyache, Obama will try to make it sound like this was his plan all along but Putin tricked him AND THE US WILL SIT ON ITS ASS AND DO NOTHING.  As well it should, because we don't belong there and Putin's now in the driver's seat with our balls firmly in his grasp.  Like was said, above, welcome to the US not running the world any more.

The Juggernaut's picture

About time some one got the CIA (Corporations Intelligence Agency). Gulf of Tonkin false flag event soon to come?

Macchendra's picture

Sunni vs Shia under various new brand names introduced to you by the media.  Red ant vs. Black ant.  Support this or that ant!  The other ant has declared war on America. Blah blah blah.

Latina Lover's picture

It is fun watching the WSJ, WP and NYT pressitudes tripping over their lying tongues.  Who would have thought that after blowing up the twin towers (sic), Al Quaida are now the 'good' terrorists.  Really, who can make this shit up?

Joe Trader's picture

the element of surprise....gee, that's been russia's tactic for at least 50 years - took them long enough to figure that out.

Took Red Pill's picture

By saying that the US is concerned about Russia protecting Assad, they are openly admitting their goal is to remove Assad. Who authorized that? I thought the goal was ISIS. Russia has the right to support its allie, the Syrian government. The US does not have the right to remove any government they want.

The Black Bishop's picture

Strike those fuckers some more! Wipe them out! They are useless DNA-trash to humanity anyhow.

Mister Ponzi's picture

Remarkable how the U.S. media became empathic for civilians suffering during a bombing campaign when someone else is doing the bombing...

y3maxx's picture

Didn't Netenyahu just visit Washington/New York?

Coincidence?

 

Folks,   My prediction is these chinese city bombs originate from Israel/Mossad.

Israel has always loved chaos in the M E....they want this party started.

USSA/Israel are a team of course, but Obama is walking away from Israel,

he's always wanted to do so,

jmo

Utah_Get_Me_2's picture

Anyone else see the video of McManiac saying we should arm the 'Free Syrian Army' (whatever that is) with advanced anti-aircraft missiles to shoot don't Russian fighter bombers? He is truly out of his mind, not that this is news to anyone. 

Bay of Pigs's picture

"Make it a hundred years..."

John McCain 2008 (on US occupation of Iraq)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf7HYoh9YMM

Macchendra's picture

Multi-decade post Spanish-American war occupations come to mind.  Pro-democracy?  Batista and Marcos come to mind.

SmittyinLA's picture

The Communists in China need new members like Madoff needed new investors, Islam is the only source of new votes in the region, Islam is the last lifeline for the Communists in Asia, and the EU, and Africa and they will grab it and hang onto it to stay in power.

Gonzogal's picture

None of the US's puppet friends have ever told them that...that is why they are in shock that Russia,Iran, China, and Iraq just "publicly" told them that! 

And of course they wont listen!

Gonzogal's picture

None of the US's puppet friends have ever told them that...that is why they are in shock that Russia,Iran, China, and Iraq just "publicly" told them that! 

And of course they wont listen!

Pinto Currency's picture

Mr. Putin’s decision-making in Syria mirrors the way he has approached Ukraine, said Andrew Weiss, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

“He deliberately tries to do things to throw opponents off balance and he’s always trying to get some sort of element of surprise and tactical advantage over people, that’s sort of what keeps him going is this constant springing surprises and flipping events in his favor,” said Mr. Weiss, who worked on Russia policy in the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton"

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What a pathetic comment from a person who has contributed to destroying the middle east.

messymerry's picture

Yeah, It's like the freakin' pot calling the freakin' kettle black...

;-D    

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture

 

 

Yeah, Mr Weiss, incredulous, can not believe Putin/Russia would resist Ukrainian alignment with Europe, and possible

NATO membership, or resist being denied a strategic port in Syria, or resist the potential nat. gas pipeline that would

greatly undermine their market share, and subsequent leverage.  I guess they're supposed to just hand over their marbles

to the neocon hegemony, and slink back home for vodka and borscht.

El Vaquero's picture

That natural gas pipeline is dead.  We made sure of that when we destabilized the region. 

 

Unless you want to go build and maintain a pipeline through there now.

TheReplacement's picture

No, the pipeline pipedream died when Russian boots hit the ground.  The plan was always to have the worst of the worst (ISIS) defeat Assad and take over Syria.  Then the US/NATO would have a clear path to invade Syria, destroy ISIS, and then build the pipeline.

It was all predicated on ISIS winning.  Hence the weapons, training, and bizarre $500M in USD cash they captured from Mosul banks.

WTFRLY's picture

Hilarious. There are official CIA backed rebels and then they can't find enough "moderates" to train for the official program. What kind of farce are they trying to run lol?

HowdyDoody's picture

Real moderate Syrians do not want to start killing random people in order to remove Assad. The 'moderate rebels' are straight US stooge material, just like the 'liberal opposition' in Russia. These liberals put all their resources together into a single city election and still only gained about 2% of the vote. The 'moderate rebels' are probably a similarly low proportion of the total population of Syria, if they exist at all.

 

TAALR Swift's picture

“He deliberately tries to do things to throw opponents off balance and he’s always trying to get some sort of element of surprise and tactical advantage over people..."

That sounds rather like something that a Judo Master or a Globalist might do, or the Special Interests that Mr. White (Weiss) favors.  Who's "calling the kettle white", Mr. White.

SmittyinLA's picture

Versus the opposition who simply throws shit at the fan and points and laughs at the Hillary spectacle while working on his golf swing between communist appointments.

StychoKiller's picture

[quote]

“He deliberately tries to do things to throw opponents off balance and he’s always trying to get some sort of element of surprise and tactical advantage over people, that’s sort of what keeps him going is this constant springing surprises and flipping events in his favor,” said Mr. Weiss, who worked on Russia policy in the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations.

[/quote]

Whoa, how about a bit of cheese to go with that whine!  Ya don't get a black belt in a martial art by being predictable!

Next thing ya know, Putin might actually try to win this conflict!

formadesika3's picture

It begins.

Finally, Putin's true colors are revealed, 'deliberately [trying] to do things to throw opponents off balance', 'always trying to get some sort of element of surprise and tactical advantage over people,' 'constant springing of surprises and flipping events in his favor.'

Thank you, Mr. Weiss, for at last interjecting some clear-headed observations into the discussion.

For unmasking this rogue's despicable maneuterings, perhaps now we can move forward with more sanctions and condemnations against the Russian aggressor as he predates in a brute-force display of unmitigated surprises and flipping, much like Hitler dismembering Czechoslovakia and invading Poland!

 

chunga's picture

-1 for being a misinformed dope

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

+1 for dope recognition skills

TheReplacement's picture

You are either the kind of idiot that would cry because someone hit you back or a paid disinformation agent.

Say, have you stopped beating your wife yet?

formadesika3's picture

Do you have Mr. Weiss' credentials and can you oppose his reasoning?

Andrew Weiss, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

DaveyJones's picture

it is pathetic isn't it

Been waiting for China and Russia to call their bluff. It's a little different than picking on Libya 

ThroxxOfVron's picture

 

 

"One of the airstrikes hit an area primarily held by ***rebels backed by the Central Intelligence Agency and allied spy services, U.S. officials said*** "

 

THESE WAR-PROFITEERING ASSHOLES ARE USING THE UNITED STATES AS A FRONT FOR INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM, RAPE, PLUNDER & PILLAGE.

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE ENTIRE 'WAR ON TERROR' & POLICE STATE APARATUS WERE SOLD AS ANIDOTE/RESPONSE TO... 

IT WOULD APPEAR THAT AL-CIADA IS NOW BASICALLY IN CONTROL OF THE 'SECURITY & MILITARY & POLICE' APPARATUS OF 'THE UNITED STATES'...

Four chan's picture

my plan, usa, russia, china and the eu take over iraq from those gutless cavemen and split the oil four ways.

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture

 

 

Yeah, who the hell do those "cavemen" think they are, with their whiney assed "Don't kill my family!, don't destroy my home!, don't enslave me

to poverty!", fuckin' pussies!  They've got superior technology, and numbers, and financing--so why don't they stand up on their caveman hindlegs

and fight like men!  Fuckin' cowards!  Why won't the yellow bellied kitten not kill the pit bulldog? lily livered little fucker!  The Fremen may need to

find their Muad'Dib, before all the time bending oil spice is completely absconded by the Harkonnens.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

No kiddin, who the hell are they to be residing over our oil?

JuliaS's picture

Countries with the most advanced weaponry in the world drop depleted uranium shells on people living in huts, while calling them "extremists". I tell you what - if you defend against tanks and airplanes with rocks, you're not an extremist. You're an optimist.

- Steve Hughes

Baby Bladeface's picture

You apparently birth trauma, asphyxia from the umbilical cord entanglement or drunk midwife dropped you. This affects the state of your intelligence, or rather its absence.

AlaricBalth's picture

I wonder how many private military contractors were caught in the CIA backed rebel positions?

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1. Served in these positions IN AN ACTIVE DUTY GROUP

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2. Served in these positions in IRAQ or AFGHANISTAN or PHILIPPINES

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Latina Lover's picture

Not enough.   Contractor is a fancy name for mercenaries, hired murderers. Kill for money, get what you deserve.

Calculus99's picture

Americans are the past masters at playing with bad words to make them sound better. 

Contractor = Mercenary

Enhanced interrogation = Torture

Bungalow = Ranch style house

Junk bonds = High yield bonds

Assassination = Targeted killing (of bad guys, we promise, all to 'help keep you safe')

Got to hand it to them because it works. 

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

And will continue ad infinitum as long as Peace=War

The Pope's picture

kosher pig latin by way of the Rosetta Stone

CheapBastard's picture

Question.

 

Do all those private pay mercenaries 1) get the stellar veteran medical care when they come back, or 2) do they get no-access-to-doctors Obamacare, or 3) do they get blue chip non-Obamacare health insurance like the politicians?

pazmaker's picture

Blue chip health plus if they come back alive that is about $300,000 - $400,000  in the bank.  selling their souls for such a low price.