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Russian Military Uses Video Game Screenshot To ‘Prove’ U.S. Working With ISISby Shifra on November 15, 2017
Oops! Note from Tammy: This video has also been making the rounds on Twitter and social media, with claims that it’s a live fight. Yeah, it’s not. Another example of the importance of considering source with something like this. Via Free Beacon. The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday accused U.S. military forces of cooperating with ISIS against Syrian troops, but its evidence was a screenshot from a video game. The Facebook post included five pictures purporting to be evidence of U.S. actions, and one of them was a screenshot from the mobile phone video game “AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron,” the Guardian reported. Investigators at Conflict Intelligence Team, which checks the accuracy of the Russian military’s claims, pointed out...
Video: Nikki Haley Stares Down Russian Amb. Over Chemical Attack in Syriaby Shifra on April 5, 2017
Brava to Ambassador Nikki Haley, the New Sheriff in Town Via IJR. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday confronted Russia directly in an impassioned address to the United Nations following a reported chemical attack in Syria on Tuesday…. “Men, women, the elderly, and children gasping for their very last breath,” she said. “And as first responders, doctors, and nurses rushed to help the victims, a second round of bombs rained down. They died in the same slow, horrendous manner as the civilians they were trying to save.” She then stared down the Russian ambassador and said: “How many more children have to die before Russia cares?”…. Video via RealClearPolitics: UNSC won’t focus on Israeli-Palestinian conflict under Nikki Haley
Hillary’s Russian ‘Reset’: Clinton Foundation, State Dept and Kremlin Connectionsby Shifra on August 7, 2016
Remember Hillary Clinton’s Russian Reset Button? Well, the Clintons got donations and speaking fees in the millions of dollars, and the Russians got access to advanced US technology. But Donald Trump is the problem? Got it. Via WSJ: Hillary Clinton touts her tenure as secretary of state as a time of hardheaded realism and “commercial diplomacy” that advanced American national and commercial interests. But her handling of a major technology transfer initiative at the heart of Washington’s effort to “reset” relations with Russia raises serious questions about her record. Far from enhancing American national interests, Mrs. Clinton’s efforts in this area may have substantially undermined U.S. national security. Consider Skolkovo, an “innovation city” of 30,000 people on the outskirts of...
Clinton Campaign: DNC Leaks Are A Conspiracy Between Trump And Russiaby Pat_S on July 24, 2016
Who’s scaring you now? Hillary’s campaign manager Robbie Mook says (according to unidentified experts) Trump is in cahoots with the Russians. Clinton campaign manager: Russians leaked Democrats’ emails to help Donald Trump “There’s evidence Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole those emails, and there are experts saying they are releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump,” Mook told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview that aired Sunday on “State of the Union.” “It’s no coincidence these emails were released on the eve of the convention.” Mook said the idea that Russia leaked Democrats’ emails to possibly help Trump was “disturbing.” “We need to be concerned Trump and his allies made changes to the platform to...
US Certifies Romanian Missile Site, Tries to Reassure Russiaby Tammy on May 12, 2016
One of the reasons NATO is saying the missile defense operations are necessary for Romania and Poland is to protect against Iranian missiles. Which, we of course, have made possible. NATO’s reassurance to Russia also includes the assertion that these sites are way too south to ever be able to interfere with missiles Russia wants to launch. Isn’t that nice? Because who would want to interfere with that? Considering Russia is the country invading nations and annexing them, I’m sure proud we’re reassuring them they’re safe. I do look forward to the day when tyrants around the world seek to reassure us for a change. Via Stars and Stripes. The U.S. and NATO declared their missile interceptor system here ready...
What’s In Your Briefcase? Putin Pokes Fun At Kerryby Pat_S on March 25, 2016
John Kerry met with Vladimir Putin in Geneva for another round of Syrian talks. Putin took note that John Kerry debarked from his plane carrying his own briefcase. Putin said he was “frustrated and upset” to see that. Maybe things in America are not so good that a senior official had to carry his own luggage. Putin speculated Kerry might have something in the briefcase that he could not trust anyone else to handle. Perhaps money to haggle on key matters for the talks. Kerry replied Putin will later get to see what is in the briefcase and he will be pleasantly surprised. Hmmmm. I’d like to know what’s in his briefcase that will pleasantly surprise Putin. Emotional Baggage: Vladimir...
Democrat Says Russian Nuclear Submarines ‘Dangerously Close’ To U.S.by Tammy on March 22, 2016
Great! Another example of what happens when a president signals to the world that even he thinks we’re a problem and deserve to get our a**es kicked. Via Washington Examiner. Russian President Vladimir Putin is deploying nuclear-armed submarines “dangerously close” to the United States and European allies, a Senate Democrat said following a trip to the Arctic Circle. “No one is suggesting that Putin is contemplating a nuclear launch against a NATO country, but it’s not clear how tethered to reality Putin is,” Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy told reporters Monday. “And it should make us nervous that many of his submarines are starting to get dangerously close to the U.S. and our allies.” In recent years, Putin’s navy has pursued...
One Of These Days To The Moon Aliceby Pat_S on October 30, 2015
A group of eight female Russian astronauts is in training for a trip to the moon. They were interviewed before entering a research facility to study their psychology. Some feathers have been ruffled by the institute director’s sexist remark about the women living with each other for several days. All-female Russian crew starts Moon mission test “I’d like to wish you a lack of conflicts, even though they say that in one kitchen, two housewives find it hard to live together,” he added. The Russian media questioned the astronauts about hair washing and living without men or makeup. Unfortunately for the staunchest feminists, one of the astronauts said: “I don’t know how we’ll survive without shampoo. Because even in this...
Russia Warns Neighbors About Invasion—From Talibanby Pat_S on October 28, 2015
Looks like Russia has an itch to save the world from Islamic terrorism. Historically, when Russia scratches others bleed. The FSB, the Russian intelligence agency, is warning that Central Asia is at an increased risk of being invaded by the Taliban and Islamic State. Putin called for the Central Asian nations to act together to repel an IS attack. Central Asia was part of the Russian Empire and later of the Soviet Union. It includes the “stans”. Millions of Russians and Ukranians still live in the area. It would be rather convenient for Putin’s ambition to rebuild the Russian Empire if he had to go in and “help” Central Asia and/or protect ethnic Russians. Russian intelligence chief: IS may invade...
Putin: US Should Have Given Russia $500 Million Insteadby Pat_S on October 12, 2015
Putin is boasting about how effective Russia’s airstrikes are in Syria. Much better than what the U.S. did with their $500 million program to train and support militant groups. In fact, says Putin, the U.S. money would have been better spent if we gave it to Russia. Bravado, another sign of weakness I suppose. Putin says Russia’s campaign in Syria is more effective than America’s “It would have been better to give us $500 million,” Putin said of the aborted U.S. program to fund the Free Syrian Army. “At least we would have used it more effectively from the point of view of fighting international terrorism.” Snap! Putin also offered the U.S. a supporting role to join Russia’s Syrian involvement...
Terror Consultant Says ISIS Could Fall In Hoursby Pat_S on October 6, 2015
Dr. Afzal Ashraf, a Consultant Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, has long been saying ISIS’s strength is exaggerated— mostly because the Iraqi army caved. From a BBC opinion piece written by Dr. Ashraf in September, 2014. After the shock of Islamic State’s (IS) land-grab in Iraq, horrifying videos of hostage beheadings and the public debates about possible terrorist attacks at home and military action abroad, it is unsurprising that people are worried. Collectively, these factors have made the threat of IS appear greater and the situation more pessimistic than it is. Of course, IS should be taken seriously and stopped, but the situation is more positive than many think. A British Newspaper ran a story yesterday with the...
Russia Says Bad Weather Reason For Violation Of Turkish Airspaceby Pat_S on October 5, 2015
And we know which way the wind is blowing. A Russian jet violated Turkish airspace over the weekend. It left after being intercepted by Turkish F-16s. The Russian Defense Ministry said there was nothing nefarious going on. Russia says Turkish airspace violation ‘a mistake,’ Turkish media report “This current incident is a result of bad weather conditions in this region,” spokesman Igor Konashenkov told reporters. “You shouldn’t look for conspiracy theories.” At first the Russians said it was a navigational error. John Kerry expressed concern saying it was the kind of thing that could have resulted in Turkey shooting down the Russian jet. Obama is looking for rainbows.
Russian Bombing Authorization Not Limited to Syria Says Officialby Pat_S on September 30, 2015
Russian parliamentarian Konstantin Kosachyov points out that the authorization for use of force is not limited to Syria. He said that Russia could strike beyond the Syrian border if targeted extremists flee across the border. The Latest: Russia could strike beyond Syria, exec suggests (at 7:35 pm mark) A prominent member of Russia’s parliament has suggested that Russia could strike beyond Syria if the extremists targeted by its airstrikes flee across the border. “When you poison an insect it’s not enough to send it into the neighbors’ kitchen,” said Konstantin Kosachyov, who chairs the international affairs committee in the Russian parliament’s upper house. “This would make our efforts to counter terrorism meaningless.” Kosachyov noted that President Vladimir Putin’s request for...
Russia Bombing In Syria Not Targeting ISISby Pat_S on September 30, 2015
With one hour warning to the U.S., telling the U.S. to stop flying warplanes in Syrian airspace, and 48 hours after meeting with Obama, Russia began dropping bombs in Syria. Not on Islamic State targets. They are targeting Syrian opposition forces. Putin defies West as Russia bomb ‘Syrian rebel targets instead of Isil’ Explaining the dramatic sequence of events, [State Department spokeman] Kirby said: “A Russian official in Baghdad this morning informed US Embassy personnel that Russian military aircraft would begin flying anti-ISIL missions today over Syria. “He further requested that US aircraft avoid Syrian airspace during these missions,” he said. The strikes targeted northern areas in the Homs countryside. Six children were among the dead, while dozens were wounded,...
Russian Parliament OK’s Use Of Military Force In Syriaby Pat_S on September 30, 2015
A technicality. Parliamentary approval is required by law. The vote was unanimous to approve the use of military force in Syria. Use of air force only. The last time the parliament did this, Crimea was invaded. Russian parliament grants Putin right to use military force in Syria “For Russian forces to operate there legitimately … a law was needed.” There have some media reports from the Middle East that Russian military jets have already started carrying out air strikes in Syria. The Kremlin has declined to confirm that. Last week Putin deployed 28 warplanes including SU-27 Flanker fighters for air-to-air combat, 15 military helicopters and SA-22 surface-to-air missiles. Russian ground forces are already deployed in Syria. Satellite photos show preparation...