Friday, June 16, 2017

Is the Senate crazy? Additional sanctions on Russia now?

via Reuters.
Russia's Defense Ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May.

The air strike was launched after the Russian forces in Syria received intelligence that a meeting of Islamic State leaders was being planned, the ministry said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

"On May 28, after drones were used to confirm the information on the place and time of the meeting of IS leaders, between 00:35 and 00:45, Russian air forces launched a strike on the command point where the leaders were located," the statement said.

"According to the information which is now being checked via various channels, also present at the meeting was Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was eliminated as a result of the strike," the ministry said.

The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said it could not confirm the Russian report that Baghdadi may have been killed.

The strike is believed to have killed several other senior leaders of the group, as well as around 30 field commanders and up to 300 of their personal guards, the Russian defense ministry statement said.
What is the Senate thinking?  Is madman/neo-con McCain so in love with the cold war that he can't see future possibilities?

The Russians are helping end the ISIS threat.  I have my doubts about the wisdom of removing Assad from power (we've seen what happens when you remove dictators in that region of the never ends with calm and democracy, more like chaos and preventable deaths) but even if its the "right" thing to do it can wait till later.

So where are we.

The Russians are helping kill ISIS, seem to have moderated Hezbollah to a certain degree, it should be easier for them to keep Iran in a cage than it is for us...and we still have that shit storm called Afghanistan that we could use their help with.

So what does the Senate do?  They vote to impose additional sanctions?  Can they not think strategically for just a minute?  Why the Defense Dept isn't saying cool your jets is beyond me considering they (the Russians) just assisted on the Jordan border just a few days ago, but they're quiet as church mice.

Last but not least they kill the ISIS head just a few hours after the Senate votes.

We need better, smarter Congress Critters cause the ones we have just aren't getting it.

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