On Tuesday two Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian Su-24 fighter bomber over Turkish territory.
Given the crowded skies over Syria these days, with American, French, British, Turkish, and now Russian planes all taking part in strikes against ISIS …
Turkey Downs Russian Jet, Putin Threatens Retaliation: What to Expect Next
Earlier today, a flight of Turkish Air Force F-16s shot down a Russian SU-24 strike aircraft. Turkey insists that it repeatedly warned the SU-24 crew to avoid Turkish sovereign airspace. According to Turkey and NATO (now holding emergency meetings), …
Prince Charles: Blame Global Warming for ‘this Horror in Syria’
Joining John Kerry and Bernie Sanders, Prince Charles became the latest to blame the Syrian civil war on global warming.
In a half-hour interview that aired tonight on Sky News, Prince Charles said man’s impact on the climate spurs violence …
Krauthammer’s Take: Obama’s Foreign Policy Is ‘Make It Look as if Something Is Happening’
President Obama knows sending 50 special ops forces into Syria won’t accomplish anything, but doing so gives the appearance of having a foreign policy, Charles Krauthammer charged tonight on Fox News’s Special Report.
“Five years into this civil war and you …
Vienna Waits for the Mullahs
The Obama administration, and Reuters, have tried to put the best face on the October 28 invitation for Iran to join Syrian peace talks in Vienna. “Arch rivals Saudi Arabia, Iran to discuss Syria face-to-face for first time,” reads the Reuters …
When Will Obama Understand What Putin Is Up to in Syria?
Guess who just popped up in the Kremlin? Bashar al-Assad, Syrian dictator and destroyer, now Vladimir Putin’s newest pet. After four years holed up in Damascus, Assad was summoned to Russia to bend a knee to Putin, show the …
Krauthammer’s Take: Russia Helping ISIS Regain Lost Territory in Syria
Charles Krauthammer said tonight that Russia is attacking U.S.-backed forces in Syria, effectively helping ISIS regain previously lost territory.
“They’ve been attacking the forces, anti-ISIS, anti-Assad forces, our clients, our people, they’ve been attacking them from the air,” …
Rand Paul Is Right: Say No to a Syrian No-Fly Zone
Vladimir Putin’s decisive move into Syria has caused politicians on both sides of the aisle to scramble for a response. Republicans want to demonstrate strength, to show that they can stand up to Russia, while Hillary Clinton has to …
Writing in The Spectator, Owen Matthews looks at what Vladimir Putin is doing in Syria. The must-read piece makes tough reading for left and right, hawk and dove, Moscow and Washington. Here’s a key extract (my emphasis added):
Report: U.S. Concedes Air Superiority Over Syria to Russia
This report on a close encounter between American and Russian jets, from CNN’s Barbara Starr, is disturbing on a number of grounds — not least that we’ve apparently conceded air superiority over Syria to Russia:
Here’s the key language:
Krauthammer’s Take: Turkey Also Shot Down Any Chance of a U.S.-Russia Alliance
In shooting down a Russian fighter jet that violated its airspace, Turkey also greatly diminished any chance the U.S. will accept Russian into its anti-ISIS coalition, Charles Krauthammer argued tonight.
Speaking of French President Francois Hollande’s visit today to …
Rand Paul: Downed Russian Jet Could Lead to Nuclear War
Senator Rand Paul thinks that Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet on Tuesday could draw the United States into nuclear war.
“The shooting down of a Russian fighter jet illustrates precisely why we need open lines of communication …
I’ll Say it Again: Rand Paul Is Right — Reject the Syria No-Fly Zone
I don’t often agree with Rand Paul in his approach to national defense and foreign policy (Marco Rubio was exactly correct when he said we can’t have an economy without an effective national defense), but Paul is spot-on in his …
White House: U.S. Troops Going to Syria Won’t Be ‘Game-Changer’
President Obama is sending a small number of special-operations forces to Syria in support of the U.S.-allied groups that have been fighting ISIS and Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship, but he doesn’t expect them to have a decisive effect …
Jimmy Carter Endorses Putin’s Scheme for Syria
Although unsuccessful, Operation Eagle Claw — the April 1980 effort to rescue U.S. Embassy staff from Tehran — was immensely courageous. Eight Americans gave their lives in that mission. But President Carter also showed great courage in ordering the highly …
John Kerry: Global Warming Played a Role in Syrian Civil War
Appearing today at the Milan Expo 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the role he believes global warming played in the Syrian civil war.
“It is not a coincidence that immediately prior to the civil war in Syria, the …
Putin’s Power Play in Syria: Did Obama Blink or Wink?
If you thought Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Syria was the result of some mad dictatorial impulse, better think again.
Wednesday, the New York Times ran a story about how American military analysts have been stunned by the precision …
Krauthammer’s Take: We Need to Help the Free Syrian Army Topple Assad
Charles Krauthammer dismissed concerns that Syria is turning into a proxy war with Russia, saying tonight on Special Report that America since WWII has fought “a dozen proxy wars with the Russians” and yet, “we did not go to war …
Is the Pentagon About to Swap One Failed Syria Strategy for Another?
Let’s begin with the good news — the Pentagon is backing away from its failed effort to recruit and train allied Syrian rebels. After millions of dollars in expenditures yielded less than two dozen friendly fighters in the field, the …
Two Maps — Two Syria Strategies
Yesterday the New York Times published the following maps of Russian and American air strikes in Syria since September 25. Kurds hold the green areas, ISIS the pink, other Syrian rebels hold the yellow, and the government holds the blue. The …