Despot Support Network; Putin sends aid to Assad

Russian Naval Infantry “Counter Terrorism Team” arrives in Syrian Mediterranean Sea Port of Tartus.

The stakes just went up, as Putin jumps in where Obama has dithered.

A President worthy of the office would have long since been covertly supporting the Syrian rebels in their attempt to overthrow Assad, if only to reduce Iran’s ability to supply and direct hezbullah in Lebanon.


Russian Anti-Terror Troops Arrive in Syria

By Kirit Radia and Rym Momtaz | ABC News
Moscow, Russia, 19 March 2011

A Russian military unit has arrived in Syria, according to Russian news reports, a development that a United Nations Security Council source told ABC News was “a bomb” certain to have serious repercussions.

Russia, one of President Bashar al-Assad’s strongest allies despite international condemnation of the government’s violent crackdown on the country’s uprising, has repeatedly blocked the United Nations Security Council’s attempts to halt the violence, accusing the U.S. and its allies of trying to start another war.

Now the Russian Black Sea fleet’s Iman tanker has arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea with an anti-terror squad from the Russian Marines aboard according to the Interfax news agency. The Assad government has insisted it is fighting a terrorist insurgency. The Russian news reports did not elaborate on the Russian troops’ mission in Syria or if they are expected to leave the port.


The stakes just went up and Israel’s window of opportunity has just shrunk.  Interesting times are upon us.


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  • GarandFan

    Rumor has it that Barry is actively pushing that RESET button.

    But nothing is happening.

    Go figure.

    • Short battery life on that sucker, wasn’t it?

    • That or he’s hit it so often and so hard it reset to “Cold War.”

  • jim_m

    The Russians have had enough of islamic terrorists and are not going to tolerate one of their client states turning into an islamic fundamentalist republic.  0bama seems to be content with the middle east turning into some demented modern caliphate but the Russians won’t be.  

  • herddog505

    Be interesting to see what the Russians are there for.  Are they there to see to it that, as jim_m says, Syria doesn’t degenerate into another A-stan (i.e. are they on an AQ hunt)?  Or are they there to give Baby Assad some pointers on how to crack down on his own people?  Or (and this is really sneaky) are they there to (ahem) help Syria get a new ruler?

    •  Reportedly, a couple of weeks ago a caravan of vehicles was carrying members of the Assad family to the airport, but had to turn around because rebels had blocked the road.  Perhaps the commandos are their to get them – and perhaps Assad himself – out safely.  No doubt they have billions in their Swiss bank accounts.

      •  Possibly.  I lean towards his getting his family out and then getting really nasty with Russian Spettznas help.  It will be interesting to see how Spetznas fares against the al Qaeda survivors of conflict with U. S. forces.

      • since all of those rebels are now taking dirt naps I don’t think the commandos are there to help Assad leave …  Assad has now taken every town that rose up …

    •  All of the above are in play where tovarisch Putin is a player.

  • Commander_Chico

    The Russians have their only naval base in the Mediterranean at Tartus, but you all knew that, didn’t you?  That’s a significant strategic interest we are treading on. If we sent a USMC FAST to Bahrain during unrest there, it would be “force protection.”

    But we do support our despots in Bahrain.  That’s ruled by a minority absolute monarchy which are about as bad (or not so bad) as the Baathists in Syria.  We ignore their killing, abuses and oppression of the majority because of our naval base there.  You don’t hear as much about the cruel Bahraini or Saudi Arabian regime in the western media. It’s called strategic interest.

    The USA is helping the Al Qaeda Salafi guerillas (through the Saudis, Qataris and Jordanians) to the effect of helping both the Caliphate and Israel.  The United States?  Not so important.  Ironies abound.  The whole campaign seems insane to me, glad I’m not a Christian in Syria.

    The short term object is chaos in Syria and the removal of support to Hezbollah in Lebanon.  The long term effect?  Well, let’s think about that after war with Iran, if we’re still around.

  • ackwired

    How do you know that there are no covert US activities to support the rebels?  Inside sources?

    • Commander_Chico

      It’s a crime to provide “material support” to terrorists. 

      It’s more likely that our “friends” the Saudis are doing all the work.  You know, like they did for us against the Russians in Afghanistan 30 years ago.  They got this guy named Osama . . . .

      • W

        Obama supply support for the rebels in Libya some of which had terrorist background.  Also the US did a good deal of the work including supplying “trainer and advisor” in Afghanistan against the Russian. Many of those trainers came back and told our politicians we were on the wrong side.  Of course they didn’t listen. The whole simplistic “ideology” they had of the “enemy of my enemy….” and military personnel just don’t get the big picture us YaleHarvard graduates do B.S.  

      •  Except Osama was as against the House of Saud as against the USA.  To him, they were as guilty as we were because they invited us to base infidels in the Holy Land of Arabia – except we weren’t in any Holy Lands, other than by his definition.

        But thanks for playing, and do enjoy the home version of our game.

        • Commander_Chico

          He turned against the House of Saud when they allowed U.S. troops in, but he started out with the Sauds’ full support in Afghanistan in the early 80s.

          In any event, the Saudis are supporting your buddies the Al Qaeda “freedom fighters” in Syria.

  • W

    IMO other countries like Russia and China are sensing a wounded and weaken U.S. Also sensing U.S. is a bully who are only willing to take on dinky countries like Libya. I’m not sure if this is a simple drawing a line in the sand deal type of deal, attempt to embarrass the U.S., start of more aggressive push back to the U.S.,all the above or something else.
    I could see this if not handle right resulting in countries being more aggression in areas like Taiwan, Korea Peninsula, Country of Georgia, etc.

  • Hmmm, let’s see…

    We have a situation of mooselimb killing mooselimb in Syria…

    O.K., what’s the downside again?