Commentary & Analysis
L. A. Marzulli
I have a friend who is in the Middle East, as with most sources he must remain anonymous. This is his assessment of the destruction of Damascus. Has it been destroyed? Is Damascus become a ruinous heap? You decide. Look at the graphic footage above and decide for yourself whether this ancient prophecy has been fulfilled.
WWIII seems to be forming and yet Obama, as usual, dither and is an amateur on the world stage in regard to the geo-political threats we face.
The threat of an EMP at this point may be all to real. Think about it. Kim Yong Un, in North Korea has threatened to nuke us. The Mullah’s in Iran have echoed the same vitriol and this in the wake of what might be the worse “deal”—billions in $$$$ for a phony agreement for the Iranians to stop building a bomb—in the history of the USA, other than NAFTA!
Then there’s the Russians and the Chi-Coms who might launch a preemptive strike. They both perceive us as weak and if they did knock us out the BRICS nations would rise to the top of the financial heap, as the Deutsche bank is on the ropes.
In the meantime here’s the INTEL I received about Damascus. L.A.
Damascus from what I have heard is something out of an apocalypse movie. Parts are utterly destroyed and parts appear to function almost normally . What the percentages are I can’t say .
The important thing to remember though is there are two actors who will absolutely not let Assad’s regime, whether he’s in it or not, fall.
One is Russia which I’ve been trying to explain to people for years is protecting its only warm water port; Latakia.
People think geography no longer matters. It does. Latakia gives Putin the ability to project naval power into the Mediterranean . He will not lose it at any cost. While there was a time when if Barry O acted, for instance when they crossed the famous “red line” one could have envisioned a scenario in which the country would have been partitioned along homogeneous ethnicity lines with the Allawites confined to a coastal redoubt which would have given Russia Latakia.
The other actor is Iran which will not lose its Shia crescent which allows it to maintain supply to Hezbollah which allows its regime to project power against Israel and offers future land bases for missiles that would threaten the Mediterranean and ultimately all of Europe.
When Putin saw Barry O collapse like a cheap suite along with a feckless European response he saw an opening to regain the old Soviet influence in the Mid East. That would have undone all of US foreign policy since WWII which was to prevent same. Barry O not only didn’t prevent it he literally handed over the keys with the deal Kerry cut which crossed the US military /Intel red line and they scuttled the deal with the bombing last week. When President’s leave power vacuums by abandoning their leadership roles and failing to act to protect American interests, the power vacuums can not only be filled by foreign actors. American Generals can actually start wars and scuttle deals as well and in this case they have.
So now we have the worst of all situations; a strengthened increasingly radicalized Erdogan in Turkey, our erstwhile allies looking to ISIS for help, America helping the Shia’s squeeze ISIS in Iraq without defeating it meaning ISIS is free to metastasize to other states including the US and Europe which throws open the doors to “refugees ” who inevitably include amongst their numbers hard-core ISIS terrorists who will continue the fight on our soil.
This leaves the traditional American allies of Jordan, Saudi, the Emirates and Egypt scrambling to ally with Israel to protect themselves from a Shia hegemony. Don’t think Putin won’t exploit that as well . It is truly a dreadful set of circumstances.
(From a Watcher in the Middle East)