Pentagon officials have called for a ‘no-fly’ zone in Syria – except that it would only apply to Russian and Syrian aircraft.
Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee following the recent humanitarian atrocities by airstrikes that occurred in Syria over the past week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford have proposed that a no-fly zone be enforced, with the exception of American aircraft.
“I would not agree that coalition aircraft ought to be grounded,” Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford stated. “I do agree that Syrian regime aircraft and Russian aircraft should be grounded.”
The two Pentagon officials were quick to blame Russia despite having no evidence to back the claim.
“I don’t have the facts,” said Dunford. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the Russians are responsible. It was either the Russians or the [Syrian] regime.”
Carter explained Dunford’s logic, saying that “the Russians are responsible for this strike whether they conducted it or not, because they took responsibility for the conduct of the Syrians by associating themselves with the Syrian regime.”
“To be clear, we are not cooperating with Russia,” Carter continued. “We do not align ourselves more broadly with their military actions because instead of singularly attacking ISIL – as they said they were going to do – they are primarily attacking the Syrian opposition.”
As we’ve previously reported, the Syrian opposition is virtually indistinguishable in ideology and methodology to ISIS and Al-Qaeda, which hasn’t stopped the U.S. and Gulf States from aiding them with over $100 million in arms and equipment.
The U.S. is more interested in unseating Syrian President Assad from power than defeating ISIS, as toppling Assad would allow them unfettered regional control while simultaneously removing a key ally of Russia, a country the globalists detest because of its strong nationalist and Christian values.
Secretary of State John Kerry had initially proposed the no-fly zone at the recent UN Security Council meeting after trading blame with Russia for who was responsible for the airstrike that targeted a humanitarian convoy that killed twenty people.
“It has to be achieved through a genuine and sustained reduction in violence, as well as unfettered humanitarian access that is unmistakable to everyone,” Kerry stated.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but you’re not entitled to your own facts,” he said to Russian officials.
Kerry also told Russian officials that “everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but you’re not entitled to your own facts”.
“This attack has dealt a very heavy blow to our efforts to bring peace to Syria and it raises a profound doubt about whether Russia and the Assad regime can or will live up to the obligations that they agreed to in Geneva,” Kerry said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov rebuked Kerry’s proposal, stating that the U.S. needed to take action to prevent terrorist groups like ISIS from using political impasses like the failing ceasefire to their advantage.
The failure of the U.S. and Russia to reach a cease-fire agreement only showcases that their interests are in stark contrast to each other: the neocons want to fund terrorism and remove regimes, while Russia seeks only to preserve its national security and protect its regional ally.