By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com
America is at war in the Middle East. President Obama came on national media this week and said ISIS terrorists in eastern Syria and western Iraq “will find no safe haven,” and he wants to “ultimately destroy ISIL.” Of course, Secretary of State John Kerry said it really was not a war but a “significant counter-terror operation.” To that I say horse hooey! This is war any way you cut it, even if it is supposedly only an air campaign with military “advisors.” Just think, President Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize at the beginning of his first term. Will he have to give it back? There are so many ways this can go wrong it is not even funny. He said he was going to arm the moderate Syrian rebels. What happens if these rebels switch sides and start fighting with ISIL? What happens if the weapons we give them end up in the hands of terrorists–again? We are going to double down on the strategy that gave U.S. weapons to al-Qaeda and help explode the ISIL terror group that was an offshoot of al-Qaeda. We have no Status of Forces Agreement in Iraq. That means our pilots or soldiers have no immunity if someone is killed by accident. What happens if the fighters we back start losing badly? Are we just going to let them die? Here’s where it really gets ugly. This bombing campaign the President just launched is going to include targets in Syria. The Russians are worried that these Syrian airstrikes may include targets of the Assad regime and not only ISIL terrorists. Russia thinks this may be used as a pretext to weaken Assad. The Russians also charge this is more about getting a pipeline through Syria than it is about fighting terrorism. The pipeline is natural gas, and Qatar wants to start supplying Europe. The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, is worried that a bombing campaign could lead to a “huge escalation in the conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.”
Speaking of natural gas, Europe is about to have theirs cut off. There are new sanctions coming from the U.S. and the EU over the Ukraine crisis. It’s going to involve Russia’s biggest energy companies, among other sanctions, but the oil companies are the biggies here. Russia will respond, and what do you bet it will involve higher gas prices and less of it this winter in Europe? The European economy is already in a tail spin, and this will surely drive it into a depression. News flash–even the new President of Ukraine says most, if not all, Russian fighters have left the country. Russia says they were never there to begin with, but Ukraine says they are “mostly gone.” So, what gives with the new sanctions? There is a cease-fire in effect between the pro-Russian separatists and the Ukraine army. This just seems like the West wants an economic implosion, war or both. Things are getting worse on this front and not better just as I have been forecasting for weeks. If Europe goes down, you can kiss the global economy goodbye, and that includes the U.S. This, once again, seems too stupid to be stupid. That quote, by the way, is from renowned gold expert Jim Sinclair.
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