Following the news earlier in the week that Russia had deployed it's highly advanced S300 and S400 (Growler) air defence systems to Syria in response to repeated US attacks on positions held by the Syrian government of President Assad, yesterday’s Russian warning that US aircraft or missiles attacking Syria would be shot down has forced The White House to concede that all plans for military action against the government of Syria have been dropped.
Following diplomatic protocol,these warnings would have been given by the Russians to the US in private before they were made public yesterday.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed this speaking to reporters on Thursday 6th October 2016 (see video below).
Earnest told a White House press briefing: "The president has discussed in some details why military action against the Assad regime to try to address the situation in Aleppo is unlikely to accomplish the goals that many envisioned now in terms of reducing the violence there. It is much more likely to lead to a bunch of unintended consequences that are clearly not in our national interest."
The US, of course, will never admit that it was the Russian warning that deterred it from carrying out the planned and announced air and missile strikes on Syrian and Iranian forces surrounding the last stronghold of ISIS in Aleppo, and it is still pretending that the option of military strikes is still on the table. As Earnest said, "I’m not going to take any options off the table. I am not going to be in a position [we’re] taking options off the table for the commander-in-chief."
However these are face-saving words. Prior to the Russian warning Obama had been making gung - ho statements and referring to a need to prevent the defeat of ISIS 'on humanitarian grounds'. It is by now well known that ISIS was the creation of the USA, formed, armed and funded by the USA under the direction of President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, for the purpose of removing the Assad regime which presented and obstacle to US political ambitions in the region.
Military strikes against Syria would have happened long ago had Russia and Vladimir Putin not called Obama's bluff and faced down the American bullying. The fact the Russian military is now physically present in Syria with advanced surface to air missiles and is warning that it stands ready to shoot US aircraft down if the lives of Russian personnel are put in danger has taken the idea of US military strikes off the table.
Video of The White House press briefing (if the embed does not work, click this link)
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