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When you’re a sniveling coward like Barack Hubris Obama, everybody in the neighborhood wants to take a shot at you.

As my late father put it, “There’s no substitute for courage, and brave men prefer death over cowardice.” Obama is not a brave man, or even a man, by any stretch of the imagination.

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From WND:

Russia threatens to retaliate against U.S. military
Warns airspace over Syria under protection of Moscow

Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-34

Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-34

Tel Aviv – Russia has delivered a behind-the-scenes threat to retaliate if airstrikes carried out by the U.S. or its allies target the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Middle Eastern security officials told WND.

The security officials said Russia complained Sunday in quiet talks with United Nations representatives that the Obama administration’s current aerial campaign against Islamic State fighters in Syria is a violation of international agreements regarding control of Syrian airspace.

The officials said Russia warned it could potentially retaliate if U.S. or Arab airstrikes go beyond targeting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and instead bomb any Syrian regime targets.

The officials told WND they do not have any information about the seriousness of the Russian threat or whether Moscow meant it would retaliate directly or aid Assad’s air force in a military response.

The officials said Russian diplomats asserted terms regarding Syrian airspace were agreed upon last September as part of a sweeping deal to disarm Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons by the middle of 2014.

At the time, the international community feared Assad could target chemical weapons inspectors acting in Syria. That fear in part lead to a deal in which Moscow says it was provided with significant responsibility over the skies of Syria, purportedly to insure against Assad’s air force acting against the international disarmament effort.

The officials further said that both the Russia and Iranian militaries are on heightened alert amid the ongoing situation in Syria.

On Saturday, U.S.-led coalition warplanes for the first time reportedly struck ISIS targets in Syria near the Turkish border as well as positions in the country’s east, according to activists and a Kurdish officials speaking to the Associated Press.

Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, told the AP the strikes targeted Islamic State positions near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani.

U.S.-coalition strikes also reportedly targeted a local ISIS headquarters in the northern Syrian town of Tel Abyad along the Turkish border, setting an oil refinery ablaze.

“Our building was shaking and we saw fire, some 60 meters (65 yards) high, coming from the refinery,” local businessman Mehmet Ozer told Time Magazine.

Time reported the strikes were also confirmed by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and were reported by Turkey’s Dogan news agency.

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My reply to Russia would be, “Bring it on, bitches! Better bring your ‘A’ game.”

Obama will likely invite Putin and company to a cookout on the white house lawn and sing a few bars of Kumbaya as Michelle plays Putin’s skin flute.

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This article is a re-posting from Laissez Faire Today, a daily e-letter club site dedicated to social/political awareness in the broadest sense. The root of this site is one concerning financial matters, but they expound on a variety of other concerns as well with informative thought brought to their reading public through a continual series of timely articles, book reviews and discount book offerings. With an incredibly vast array of perspective LF defies categorization other than that which might be considered somewhat anarchistic … but in a respectable and responsible manner.

I offer here one of their latest posts, one that describes a woeful tale of totalitarian government surveillance and civil disobedience brought together with an historical perspective on the manner of the world in which we now live. Prepare to witness how our civil liberties in general and specifically our 4th Amendment rights have been under ongoing assault and rapid diminishment through manipulation and lies since no later than the latter half of the 20th Century. See how Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell may well go down in history as one of the greatest philosophical treatises on liberty in Socratic dialog the world has ever witnessed.

For your reading pleasure, I present:

Thank You, RUSSIA?

August 2, 2013

Dear Laissez Faire Today Reader,

Baltimore, MD What happens when you spend a day at home searching the Internet for home appliances and maybe some back-to-school supplies? For most people, you get a lazy afternoon. But one couple in Long Island, N.Y., got a visit from their local police department. They had some questions about their peculiar Internet searches.

Better sit down before you read this. And move away any valuables you might throw at a wall in a fit of rage. (more…)

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Peace through strength, a tried and tested policy, has been replaced with the less potent “peace through lots and lots of talk.”

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IN the wake of Russia’s ruthless invasion of Georgia, the United States sent relief supplies on military aircraft and ships. Our vice president went to Tbilisi. And we promised a billion dollars in reconstruction aid.

The European Union sent a get-well card. With no return address.

Washington asked that Georgia and Ukraine be put on the fast track to NATO membership to deter further Russian aggression. The EU suggested sending unarmed civilian observers, instead.

The Bush administration begged for a unified front against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s barbarism. Rejecting any penalties for Russia, the EU took the bold step of postponing talks on a trade deal. (more…)

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America’s most recent response to Russia’s attack last month on the sovereign nation of Georgia was made by Vice President Dick Cheney during his visit to Tbilisi, Georgia. Cheney said:

Russia’s actions have cast grave doubt on Russia’s intentions and on its reliability as an international partner, not just in Georgia but across this region and indeed throughout the international system.

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Russian Archaeologists Find Long-Lost Jewish Capital

Russian archaeologists said Wednesday they had found the long-lost capital of the Khazar kingdom in southern Russia, a breakthrough for research on the ancient Jewish state.

“This is a hugely important discovery,” expedition organiser Dmitry Vasilyev told AFP by telephone from Astrakhan State University after returning from excavations near the village of Samosdelka, just north of the Caspian Sea. (more…)

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MOSCOW–Vladimir Putin succeeded in undoing more of Russia’s advances than, well I guess than anyone ever. But is he done? I’ve heard from his wife (whom I’ve slept with) that his ultimate goal is to reestablish Russia’s glory days of yore by becoming the first Czar (Tsar) since the Romanovs met their untimely death, and the rest of the relatives moved to New Jersey.

(I once escorted a debutante at the International Debutant Ball where one of the debs was actually a Romanov. Looked like the family succeeded in moving at least some of their riches to the New World.)

Regarding what Vlad’s up to, it seems he’ll stop at nothing. You’ve seen Vladimir Putin the bomber pilot, judo expert and fisherman – but tiger tamer? Russian media, known for hero-worshipping the prime minister and former president, reported yesterday that Putin fired a tranquilizer dart at a tiger that got loose Sunday during a photo-op at a wildlife sanctuary.

According to Interfax news agency, a camera crew from state TV channel Vesti realised the five-year-old tiger had become untied, whereupon Putin leapt into action. “Thanks to the agile and timely action the tiger was immobilised,” Interfax said.

Photos released by state news agency RIA Novosti showed Putin next to a sleeping tiger and holding a gun used to fire tranquiliser darts. (I’d show the photos but why give the ham what he wants?)

Interfax said Putin kissed the big cat and said “goodbye.”

He (Putin) was visiting the Ussuriisky Nature Reserve in the far east of Russia to see how conservation experts track and study tigers.

The state media carefully honed Putin’s tough-guy image during his eight-year presidency, notably in a photo session last year where the diminutive, fitness-mad leader posed bare-chested with fishing rods and rifles.

-AFP and Shlomo Muslim, PhD

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From Haaretz:

Iran: We haven’t bought Russian anti-aircraft missile batteries

Iran denied on Monday it had bought Russia’s advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, after Israeli defense sources said the Islamic Republic could receive a delivery of the weapons by the end of the year.

Western and Israeli experts have said that if Tehran acquired the S-300 missile batteries it would become much more difficult for Israel or the United States to carry out a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilites.

The U.S. and Israel say Tehran wants to build atomic bombs despite Tehran’s claim its nuclear program has only civilian aims. They have not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails to resolve the dispute.

Asked whether it had bought missiles from Russia, including the S-300 system, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said: “No such thing is correct.”

He also told the news conference: “Our missile and technical capability completely depends on Iranian scientific capability, as has been demonstrated so far.”

Iran has frequently announced test firings of domestically produced missiles, which military commanders say will target U.S. interests and Israel if Iran is attacked.

There have been conflicting reports about whether Iran was buying the S-300 system. Iran’s Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said last year Russia had agreed to deliver the missiles to Iran under a signed contract. Russia denied such plans.

The U.S. Department of Defense said in July that Iran was not expected to receive the anti-aircraft system this year.

Those remarks followed comments by Israeli defense sources who said they expected Iran to take delivery by the end of 2008.

First delivery of the S-300 batteries was expected as soon as early September, one Israeli source had said, though it could take six to 12 months for them to be deployed and operable.

Western experts say many of Iran’s missiles and other weapons it produces domestically are based on or modified versions of arms bought from others, such as China and North Korea.

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There is a big difference between Russia regaining its strength and reaffirming its presence in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, with the United States being unable to ignore it, and the proposition that international relations have moved into a new phase of the Cold War.

Many states and powers in the region believe that the Cold War is back and that international divisions will resemble what prevailed in the last decades of the 20th century between the Soviet Union and the orbit states, and the US and its satellites. These calculations are now affecting the behavior of some states. Meanwhile, there are others who doubt the return of the Cold War, with the attendant new international division that will be different than the one we are currently seeing.

The skeptics keep in mind that Moscow has sought, in recent years, to rise from its fall after the collapse of the Russian economy, which in turn followed the collapse and disintegration of the Soviet Union. This caused the disintegration of Russian institutions. This recovery has helped the economy regain its vitality. For Russia has strongly entered the market economy and has turned into the number one oil-producing state, with a $500 billion in oil and natural gas reserves.

Thanks to this recovery, the country of the Czars has regained its independence from US economic assistance, which insulted the Russian bear during the 1990s. (more…)

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There’s an article in tomorrow’s Haaretz by Barak Ravid:

Russia Weighs Increasing Military Aid to Arab World

Syrian President Bashar Assad is scheduled to leave for Russia on Thursday for a two-day visit that has been described by analysts as important at a time when Moscow may be considering closer ties with the Arab world.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

Syrian media have described Assad’s visit to Moscow as “a working visit” to discuss closer ties in a variety of unspecified areas.

A number of reports in recent months have mentioned large arms deals between Russia and Syria, including advanced anti-aircraft missile systems. (more…)

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