Thursday, August 18, 2016

China wades into the Syrian conflict...they're going to support Assad.

via ABC News.
A top Chinese military officer visited Syria this week in a show of support for President Bashar Assad's embattled regime, official media reported Thursday, underscoring Beijing's backing of fellow authoritarian governments and concerns about the spread of religious militancy.
Rear Adm. Guan Youfei met on Sunday with Syrian Defense Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij in Damascus, the Xinhua News Agency said. He also met the following day with a Russian general who is coordinating his country's military assistance to Assad's fight against armed opposition groups, the agency said.
Xinhua said Guan expressed China's willingness to boost military cooperation with Syria, while the newspaper Global Times cited the Chinese Defense Ministry as saying that both sides agreed to expand personnel training and humanitarian aid via the Chinese military.
The Chinese military "is willing to strengthen cooperation with its Syrian counterparts," it quoted the ministry as saying.
Guan is head of the Office for International Military Cooperation under the Central Military Commission that oversees China's 2.3 million-member armed forces.
While China has followed Russia's approach in backing Assad, it hasn't directly contributed forces in keeping with its policy of opposing outside intervention in domestic conflicts. During the early months of the 5-year-old civil war, China joined Russia in blocking motions at theUnited Nations calling for Assad to work for a resolution of the conflict.
Our military strategist, diplomats and Think Tanks (along with Neo-Cons) have utterly failed.

The Chinese wading into the Syrian civil war and siding with Assad will almost guarantee his survival.  You can kiss a UN sponsored no-fly zone good bye, and you can bet your last dollar that NATO will NOT participate in helping us enforce it if we try and go it alone.

There is only one solution.  Try and salvage something from this mess.  Switch back to the talking point of wanting to destroy ISIS, take credit for killing them and then get as much rebuilding work for US firms as possible.

Who am I kidding.  The world knows better and rebuilding contracts is why the Chinese are stepping ashore now.

Once again our best and brightest have once again dropped the ball.

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