US Air Force Goes Full-PhD Economist Retard, Blames Lack Of October ISIS Strikes On "Poor Weather"

Tyler Durden's picture

On September 30, a Russian general walked into the US embassy in Baghdad and told US diplomats that Moscow would commence air operations in Syria in “one hour.” 

It would be best, he said, if the US stayed out of the way. 

The general was affiliated with the newly created Iraqi intelligence cell staffed by Russia, Syria, and Iran. It was both hilarious and intriguing that Moscow gave such short notice and didn’t share any information about who Russia intended to target.

At a base level, it was exceptionally amusing that The Kremlin essentially walked into a US embassy, told the US military to leave the skies above Syria or risk being shot down, and then walked out. But more specifically, the fact that Moscow gave only an hour’s notice and did not provide anything in the way of details seemed to underscore Russia and Iran’s shared suspicions that the US is backing any number of Sunni extremist groups fighting for control of the country. That is, Moscow didn’t want Washington to have the time or the information necessary to warn ISIS or any of the West’s other proxy armies. 

In the weeks since Russia began flying combat missions from Latakia, the perception has been that Moscow’s warplanes have been far more effective at targeting extremists than American fighter jets. It is of course impossible to determine if the videos emanating from the Russian Defense Ministry depict what they purport to depict, but by all accounts, this is a far more aggressive campaign than that which the US launched some 13 months ago. It’s also been clear from the location of Russia’s strikes that although shoring up Assad in the west (i.e. securing Syria's major cities for the regime) was the immediate priority, Moscow has effectively established a no-fly zone over the country and, if you believe Ankara, Russia has even ventured into Turkish airspace a time or two (or three, or four). 

Obviously, this threw the Pentagon into disarray. It was no longer clear where the US could fly without risking a dogfight with a Sukhoi, and it was no longer clear who the US could support with airstrikes without pissing off Moscow. 

And so, with its bluff thus called, the US simply stood aside and watched as Russia and Iran began to systematically dismantle the opposition funded by Riyadh, Doha, and Ankara. 

Or at least that’s how any rational observer would interpret the situation. But there’s nothing rational about Washington when it comes to foreign policy which is why the US is now taking a page out of the economist playbook by swearing that the “lull” in airstrikes against “terrorists” in October had nothing to do with the fact that Russia was bombing the entire country and everything to do with - drumroll - weather. Here’s Reuters

U.S. and coalition forces are likely to increase air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in coming weeks after a lull in September and October, the head of U.S. Air Forces Central Command said Saturday.


Lieutenant General Charles Brown told reporters at the Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference that the reduction in air strikes was due to weather and to a slowdown in activity on the ground and not due to the start of Russian air strikes in the region.

And here’s WSJ

The increase in raids on Islamic State fighters should unfold over the next few weeks, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles Brown Jr. told reporters on the sidelines of the biannual Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference on Saturday.


“There was a little bit of a lull,” after a busy July and August, he said. Poor weather and a lack of movement of Islamic State forces on the ground hampered the ability to find and attack targets, he said. 

Behold! Charlie Brown just pulled a LaVorgna. 

If there's some "residual seasonality" going on here, The Pentagon could always double seasonally adjust the airstrike data. 

And make no mistake, this has nothing to do with the Russians. It's strictly a coincidence that the US airstrikes in Syria stopped once Moscow started flying from Latakia (via WSJ): 

The slowdown of U.S. airstrikes coincided with Russia’s deployment of combat jets to Syria and the launching of its own airstrikes. But Lt. Gen Brown said that had “nothing to do” with the U.S. efforts.

Of course not. The terrorists are simply staying indoors these days ... after all, the weather is bad:

"If they're not out and about, it's harder to strike."

Note that the weather wasn't bad enough to keep the Pentagon from paradropping hundreds of tons of ammo and weapons into the middle of the desert for the probably fictitious “Syrian Arab Coalition.” 

So, as long as the skies stay blue over Syria in November, the US will get very "serious" about targeting ISIS and any other Sunni militants that might have designs on blowing up passenger jets over the Sinai Peninsula or burning Jordanian pilots alive or engaging in any other marauding militant shenanigans. 

We'll leave you with the following quote from the Russian Defense Ministry:

"Twenty-four hours a day UAV's are monitoring the situation in the ISIS activity areas. All the detected targets are effectively engaged day and night in any weather conditions."

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JustObserving's picture

US appaently carried out 6700 airstrikes against ISIS in the last year or so with no effect while Russia degraded ISIS in just 500 airstrikes.

ISIS was founded and funded by the US and its allies like Saudi Arabia

ISIS: The jihadist movement stamped “Made in America”

USA, Turkey and Israel Act As Air Force for ISIS

Ignatius's picture

Lies seem to have this cascading effect, piling one upon another and another and another.

JustObserving's picture

The US arming of ISIS

ISIS sells crude oil to Turkey and Israel to raise money. Of course, the US is aware of that and can easily stop these sales if it wanted to.

The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria(ISIS) began selling Iraqi crude oil extracted from oil fields which its seized in recent months and exporting it through the Kurdish region to Turkish refineries and from Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan ultimately to Israel.

Ignatius's picture

I was gonna add, to a point of absurdity.

JustObserving's picture
1yr, 6,700 airstrikes & $4bn after Obama vowed to ‘destroy’ ISIS, jihadists still on offensive

US had over 6700 airstrikes against ISIS over a year and achieved not even a dent in ISIS’s capability.  And Russia has significantly degraded ISIS with 669 missions.

The Nobel Prize Winner was showering care packages and ammunition pallets over ISIS increasing its capabilities

Poll shows 81 percent of Syrians believe US created ISIS

VinceFostersGhost's picture



In Russia....the rain attacks you!

Latina Lover's picture

In the USSA.... terrorists attack you!

In Russia.....  you attack terrorists!

In the USSA, you attack russia since terrorists are you!

TahoeBilly2012's picture

New book written collectively by Congress "The art of the lie".

Surviver22's picture
Surviver22 (not verified) TahoeBilly2012 Nov 7, 2015 12:29 PM

It's the greatest threat global security has ever faced...

HowdyDoody's picture

Meanwhile the Houthis are taking towns and villages in south Saudi Arabia, outgunning the US-supplied Best Weapons Money Can Buy.

I wonder what the Houthi is for 'Saudi, eat shit and die'



Urban Roman's picture

Bad weather: Russian munitions raining down from the sky..

Latina Lover's picture

During my involuntary sojourn in a certain south eastern Asian country, circa  early 1970's,  I thought I had experienced BS piled so high and deep that it was inconceivable that it would ever be exceeded.

Well, a few decades later, and the BS pile is almost infinitely higher.  When it comes to BS, Amerika is undoubtedly #1

Jack Burton's picture

Latina, I was in at the same time, it took me longer to realise the lies, but eventually "got it". It is now possible to look back at those years as a golden age of honesty, the media even, from time to time, had a real news report on Vietnam. Today the lies are so thick and relentless, they are shameless in their lies. Since therre is NO MEDIA to report real news, their freedom to lie is limitless.

Russian intelligence while preparing their air campaign found a unique area of small abandoned villages in the South East of Syria. War forced the people out long ago, no major fighting takes place there, yet Russian air photos detected a huge bomb crater pattern at random over that entire area, with no logic behind the strike patterns. They suspect that this is where the US airstrikes went to dump their loads, and chalk up another attack on ISIS. Apparently, no other explaination seems to fit such a heavily bombed area of nothing!

Flagit's picture

The answer Jack, lies in nature. We simply need to plant more trees.

trulz4lulz's picture

Seems like it would be nice if it wasnt for the assholes bombing the shit out of it.

logicalman's picture

When the rain's composed of ordnance, you need one hell of an umbrella.

4 mm

3 mm

0 mm

0 mm

0 mm

0 mm

If that's bad weather, I want some.


Latina Lover's picture

Jack Burton, I was young, dumb and full of cum.  Certainly I thought we were doing the right thing (tm).  Problem was watching what our officers and NCO's did, and the outright lies on body counts. Today, you can usually tell who  served by watching the audience at a circus: they are ones who don't laugh at the clowns.

I pray that my kids and grandkids will never involuntarily have to watch the  same clown shows.

WorkingClassMan's picture

I think BS is the US's last major product that's produced domestically still and still is exported.


Problem is for the tools in power, I don't think the world is buying it as much anymore.  Let's hope the US "elites," soon have to "eat" their built-up inventories.

El Oregonian's picture

One must realize the potential of a terrible outcome when one sleeps with strangers.

So can the same fate befall those that sleep with other countries for their own perverted purposes.

earleflorida's picture

@ justobserving

absolutely great posting-- 100% all comments

just adding ports to bring home the absurdity of MIC/Pentagon/Imperialist USSA, pov!

"Turkey: Satellite of Ports"

Tallest Skil's picture

it's global warming's fault, darn it!

theallseeinggod's picture

Also, don't forget that while Russia is being threatened with ISIS terrorism for their month-long campaign, the US received no threats for over a year-long campaign.

So either the US military is so incompetent, that the islamists don't mind it's there, or the US is not bombing the ISIS and instead bombs civilian targets, thus making the ISIS advance easier.

JustObserving's picture
The Nobel Prize Winner does not like Russia destroying his creation, ISIS:


US deploys F-15s to Syria, targeting Russian jets

By Thomas Gaist 
7 November 2015

The US will send a squadron of F-15C fighter jets to Turkey’s Incirlik air base, the US Defense Department (DOD) announced on Friday. The nature of the US war planes, which are specifically designed for dogfighting with other highly advanced fighter jets, indicates that the deployment carries a significance far beyond what its small scale would suggest.

The F-15 line of combat jets was developed in response to the unveiling in 1967 of the Soviet Union’s MiG-25 “Foxbat” interceptor.

Because they are designed for air-to-air combat against other major powers, the US has, until now, seen no need to deploy the F-15C model to its Middle Eastern and Central Asian war theaters, where the opposing forces have no warplanes.

The sudden deployment, coming less than two months after Russia began sending its own SU-30 fighters to its new airbase at Latakia, makes clear that the jets have been deployed in response to Moscow’s air campaign.

Urban Roman's picture

If you like your F-15s, you can keep your F-15s.

silvermail's picture

If the US can not win in Afghanistan, why the United States can win in Russia or China?
The war against countries such as Russia or China, will mean death to the United States. It is true with a five-time guarantee.

Hans-Zandvliet's picture

Clever observation.

Hadn't thought about that yet.


Allen_H's picture

Speaks Volumes allseeing..., great observation.

junction's picture

The real concern for the Obummer administration seems to be Los Angeles.  The Drudge Report has a link to a Los Angeles Times article about a nightime closure of Pacific Ocean airspace near LA that will force passenger jets to take a route over heavily populated areas as they approach LAX.

Lies and more lies and the traitors Obama has working for his New World Order administration get away with it.  News reports attacking Ben Carson for some fibs on his background, exaggerations that pale in comparison to lies of omission from Obama on how he got into Columbia University with a "B-" average.


Friday, November 06, 2015 11:59PM


Mysterious maneuvers over the Pacific are forcing a change in Los Angeles International Airport landings late at night, meaning noise for thousands of people in the flight path.

Instead of landing from the east over Inglewood, planes begin flying from the west and over the ocean to keep noise levels down, but due to secret military operations, the airspace over the Pacific is closed to incoming flights for the next week.

Mary Ellen DIgregorio

The government exists to serve and protect us. However, under Obama, the government has become increasingly weaponized, (IRS attacking conservatives and pro Israeli groups, DOJ attacking S&P after its downgrade, DOJ use of the Espionage Act to spy on reporters during an election season, EPA attacking Gibson Guitars, NLRB attacking Boeing, EPA attacking fossil fuels, gun dealers and gun owners through Operation Choke Point and Operation Fast and Furious) or politicized (bogus government stats on unemployment and inflation, alteration of CIA Benghazi talking points, Berghdal get-out-of-jail-free card, manipulating the census, plot for FCC newsroom monitors)

Welcome to the United States of Obamaville.



Shad_ow's picture

"The left hand knows not what the right hand is doing."


Obama shits in his left hand, transfers it to his right hand and flings it at the American people.  Many of the foolish sheep eat it up as truth with the media spooning it out for him without checking for the obvious lies.

He never wanted to take out ISIS, they are his JV team, set in place to take out Assad.

JLee2027's picture

Lieutenant General Charles indeed brown. Was he an affimative action promotion?

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Posting all of Joe Fivehead's weather tweets is an instant classic.

Tonald J Drump's picture

OT but hey Tylers have you covered this yet ... Putin crony found dead in DC hotel room on Friday 

kliguy38's picture

I'm sure it was "natural causes"......or coulda been "suicide"

Latina Lover's picture

RT drives the neocons/neoliberals crazy since it is an effective counter to the endless stream of lies called the USSA mainstream media. Who benefits fromthe founder of RT's death? 

Not Putin or Russia, so draw your own conclusions.

Chupacabra-322's picture

"Suicide?" As in, shot twice in the head like Gary Web & Vince Foster?

Sergeiab's picture

Just like Andrew Breitbart died of a heart attack at 43...

Dr. Engali's picture

And Michael Hasting's motor "flew out" of his car...

o r c k's picture

Maybe he was killed by the weather.

Ignatius's picture

Yes, I believe they call it a "local weather event."

Dr. Engali's picture

Interesting how the author claims it's a bit premature for RT to say he died from a heart attack before the autopsy while in the same breath comes to the conclusion that Putin had him assassinated before there is an investigation.


My question is, who is better served by his death, Putin or the CIA?

logicalman's picture

Either way, not a situation you want to find yourself in.

Agstacker's picture

I'm pretty sure they will blame his death on the weather.

smacker's picture

from that article: "In fact, even if the cause of death was a heart attack, the old KGB were experts at making murder appear to be death by natural causes. Why Putin would want Lesin dead isn't immeditately clear[...]"

I note the immediate insinuation is that he was killed on Putin's orders. Maybe. But it's just as likely he was killed by one of the American alphabet agencies to send a message to Putin. Not surprising considering that RT is making waves across the West with its alternative view of geo-politics and reporting of news that Western news agencies ignore.

trulz4lulz's picture

Breaking News: press Tv is reporting saudi warship has been destroyed off the coast of yemen.....if this is true, which it seems to be, is this war, that we're feeling?

smacker's picture

Fars News Article: "Yemeni forces destroy 4th Saudi warship"

It couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch of sub-humans(!)

Allen_H's picture

Yemeni Houthis are doing well, the saudi chimpanzees have opened the door to getting the sheite kicked out of them by very angry and justified people.