What a U.S.-Russian War in Syria Could Look Like
The war in Syria started as a civil conflict, became a regional meltdown and molted into an international crisis. Here’s how it could evolve into a world war.
The following scenario is fictional, but it’s based on open source reports of military hardware currently deployed in and around the Middle East.
Part One: Interception and Escalation
The cockpit of an F-22 Raptor is a lonely place. Despite all the talk about network-centric warfare, integrated sensors, and information sharing, the Raptor pilot is alone in the sky. Today, the single-seat stealth warplane is flying solo on a mission in “contested airspace”—sanitized military jargon that means enemy missiles are pointed skyward. It’s safer to fly alone. Any escorts would just alert the Syrian and Russian radar crews below to the presence of the F-22.
The Raptor is hunting prey that is far beneath its stature. As the world’s premier air superiority fighter, it’s made to dogfight other fighters, and beat them. But this mission has a much more humble target—a small fleet of Syrian transport helicopters hauling large barrels slung under their fuselages. These are barrel bombs. They’re not the garden-variety explosive that has terrorized Syrian civilians for years, either—the kind filled with long pipe bombs. This one contains canisters of chlorine gas.
THE MISSION IS MEANT TO MAKE A POINT—NOT TO START WORLD WAR III.
The Assad regime’s use of such a vicious weapon is not unprecedented. Chlorine-carrying barrel bombs hit three villages in April 2014, killing 13 and wounding as many as 500 people. More recently, the gas is taking a toll on the ground troops who are its targets—members of the Free Syrian Army that are under attack by Syrian government troops and Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militias on the ground. Defensive positions struck by these gas bombs are weakened enough for the waves of fighters to advance. This is how the Assad regime will win the war.
Condemnation of this bombing has grown to such a fever pitch around the world that the U.S.-led coalition has to act. Those barrel-carrying helicopters are easy prey for any fighter, but Syrian anti-aircraft missiles guard the helos as they advance toward Syrian rebels. That’s why a multi-billion-dollar American stealth fighter suddenly finds itself shooting down Syrian helicopters. It can fly into this airspace appearing on radar screens as something as small as a golf ball.
It’s an escalation to be sure—the first direct coalition strikes against Assad’s regime. But the White House figures that the world will see these strikes as a limited response to stop the use of heinous chemical weapons. The mission is meant to make a point, not to start World War III.
Read more and don’t believe this scenario HERE.
Read the first story here? This is why you should not believe that story:
VLADIMIR PUTIN bombs Islamic terrorists in Syria while Barack Hussein Obama pulls America’s last aircraft carrier out of the Persian Gulf
As Russian warships rain down cruise missiles as part of its military strike in Syria, there’s now a glaring absence in the region: For the first time since 2007, the U.S. Navy has no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.
LEAVING: The USS Theodore Roosevelt — a massive, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier — has had a central role in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria since August 2014, when United States military aircraft started going out on missions to bomb Muslim terrorists but usually returned with their arsenals intact, per Obama’s orders.
NBC News Military officials said Thursday that they’ve pulled the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is home to about 5,000 service members and 65 combat planes, so that it can undergo ‘maintenance.’ (Yeah, sure) The ship officially exited the gulf around 11 p.m. ET.
The lack of a U.S. presence in the gulf comes as Russia is escalating its actions in the region and began pounding targets in Syria last week with airstrikes. Russian officials say they’re trying to obliterate ISIS, although the U.S. and its allies say they’re instead hitting rebel fighters who oppose Syrian President Bashar Assad, a Russian ally. (Yes, that too)
More to read on this event HERE.
Travel is one of the best ways to see the world. I’ve been lucky in my life in that I have had the luxury of traveling quite a bit on someone else’s dime. Business travel is not vacation travel, but I think it is often a better way to see the world simply because you have long stretches with nothing to do so you look around, explore, adventure. On vacation, you have “stuff’ that fills every waking moment, usually within the confines of the Potemkin vacation area.
I’ve been to Texas many times. I used to travel here often for work matters. Thirty years ago when I first visited Texas on the way to Mexico, I thought this is a place I should live. For some reason, it just seems to fit my sensibilities. Every time I’ve come here, I have had the same thought: I don’t think I’m going back. But, here I am nearing my jump into the void and I’m still just a guy who visits Texas.
The funny thing about Texas is it is remains the one place in America that is brimming with confidence. Texas is not a terribly sentimental place. They will knock down an old building for a new building without giving it a thought. In the Northeast, an army of weirdos will be there guarding the old building, even though the weirdos will have no clue why the old building was built. It’s just old so they think it has to be saved.
At the same time, those same weirdos will claw one another’s eyes out to cancel the school Christmas play. There’s the lack of confidence. In most of America, our betters conduct themselves like the ne’er do well grandchildren of a successful man. The kids compete with one another as to who is the most reverent toward the old man, but not a one of them tries to emulate him. The best they can do is have a big picture of him in their house, which he bought for them.
Texas does not have the problem yet. Texans love being Texans and they love being in Texas. There’s really nothing special about Texas. Dallas is a massive suburb that looks like every other suburb in the South, but they are proud of it and you see that everywhere you go. Texas plays Oklahoma today in the Cotton Bowl and tickets are selling for $500 on the secondary market, even though UT is terrible. It’s just a great celebration of Texas football history.
I think that confidence is why Texans are soft on immigration. They are cocksure that if you move to Texas, you will become a Texan. They are right about it too. Vietnamese refugees landed in Houston and are now Texans whose ancestors came from Vietnam. Of course, Texas has always had loads of Mexicans from the northern part of Mexico. A big part of what makes Texas tick is the blend of Southern culture and northern Mexican culture.
In Massachusetts, there’s zero cultural confidence. If America were invaded, the good thinkers of the Bay State would surrender on day one and begin taking classes in the language and culture of the invaders. That’s why the northeast seems to be leading the charge on the immigration fight. They are scared. A friend here in Texas, who is from Mass, is a rock-ribbed Trump man now and it is all over immigration.
In the South, illegal immigration is an issue, but mostly because it offends the people’s law and order instincts. It’s not seen as a threat to their way of life. In many respects, migrant workers are a part of their way of life. The South would be a very different place without the flow of migrants into the agribusinesses. Go into a poultry plant in Virginia or North Carolina and you see nothing but Hispanics. It’s been that way for generations.
The same is true of Texas. Mexican migration in and out of the state is just a part of the state’s character. The Mexicans who live here permanently came here because a part of what made them Mexican also made them Texan. The transition was easy. Of course, there are Texas families who were here before Texas was a place. The result is most Texans feel they have a good handle on how to manage Mexican immigration.
Finally, kicking around here it strikes me that the Cult hates Texas for the same reason they hated Sarah Palin. In the case of Palin, the idea that dirt people could live the feminist ideal while hanging onto dirt people culture enraged the Cult. Palin was the living negation of the One True Faith. There’s a similar thing with Texas. here, diversity is on display all over, but it’s held together with the dominant Texas culture.
The Cult believes this is impossible. For them, diversity means obliterating all culture by running it through the blender of multiculturalism. The result is the exact opposite of vibrant diversity, but the screaming and bellowing makes it impossible to point it out. A state like Texas puts the lie to the Cult’s blathering about diversity. Texas has boatloads of it without adopting any of the Cult-Marx nonsense.
Now, I’m off to eat my weight in fried food.