Osama bin Laden: “When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they will like the strong horse.”
Lord Palmerston: “Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.”
Update: Melanie Phillips writes:Now: BEIRUT – The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) has asked Russia to support it in its fight against ISIS as well as the Al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front. YPG chief Sipan Hemo told Sputnik Türkiye—which is owned by Moscow—that his fighting force requested arms from Russia as well as general military coordination, according to a translation of the interview prepared by Turkey’s Anadolu news agency…
Any lingering doubt about the lethal weakness of America and the West has been brutally shot down in the skies above Syria.
Russia’s President Putin sent in his warplanes ostensibly to bomb ISIS but actually, it seems, to bomb more moderate opponents of Syria’s President Assad, including CIA-trained rebels.
Putin thus well and truly rubbed President Obama’s nose in American impotence. The Russian leader is now making the immensely dangerous running in Syria. Blindsided America is reduced to scrabbling frantically in his slipstream.
Putin is ruthless and focused. Allying with Assad and the Iranian regime that pulls his strings, the Russian leader can pose – however preposterously – as the potential savior of the world from the Islamist specter that terrifies the West.
By contrast, America and Britain are wildly flailing around. Obama and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron say both ISIS and Assad must be defeated. But although they are taking ineffectual military action against ISIS, they won’t attack Assad.
Instead, Obama has been reduced to pleading with Putin to restrain Assad’s worst excesses...A truly pathetic and embarrassing sight. (The Obama pony is not only weak, it's been gelded.)
Update: The Khomeinists know who the strong horse is:
|It's Superputin! (God help us all.)|