The US Is Clearly Losing the Information War Against Russia

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As Russia continues its extensive bombing campaign in Syria, the war has quickly developed into two separate fronts. One is being fought with soldiers and airstrikes, and the other front is a pure propaganda blitz.

Not only are both sides fighting to win Syria, but they are fighting to convince the world that their actions are just. As part of this conflict, both sides are waging an information war that began in earnest as soon as the first Russian bomb reached its target. The Russians claimed that they had bombed ISIS strongholds, while the US government was adamant that they had just blown up moderate rebels. President Obama has even gone so far as to say that Russia’s air campaign is strengthening ISIS. The first shots of the information war had been fired.

In his first public comments since Russia launched anti-terrorist airstrikes in Syria, US President Barack Obama was fiercely harsh, claiming that Moscow’s military operation was counterproductive and is not distinguishing between Islamic State targets and the so-called moderate opposition.

The US leader accused Russia of weakening the Syrian rebels’ chances of eventually toppling President Assad’s government and somehow strengthening ISIS as a result.

“The moderate opposition in Syria is one that, if we ever going to have a political transition, we need. And the Russian policy is driving those folks underground or creating a situation in which they are decapacitated and it is only strengthening ISIL,” said Obama.

In other words, he is throwing a tantrum over the fact that the Russians aren’t discriminating between ISIS and the supposed moderates that are in our pocket. In the same breath he admits that the Pentagon’s efforts to train and equip these forces has been a failure, because they’re primarily targeting Assad and not ISIS.

Well isn’t that a convenient mistake? And he wonders why the Russians might try to destroy the American proxies that are currently fighting against their chief ally in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, the Russians have shot back by calling out the Washington establishment for their phony efforts to destroy ISIS. After only three days of airstrikes, they claim that ISIS is on the run, while after months of daily airstrikes our military hardly left a dent in ISIS. Logically, this can only mean one thing. Our government never intended to destroy ISIS.

Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian parliament’s international affairs committee, took to Twitter on Friday and said the United States is not bombing ISIS.

“McCain accused us of striking out at US-trained insurgents… However, since they have either run away or joined al-Qaeda, hitting them is a mission impossible,” Pushkov wrote on his Twitter account.

“The US-led coalition spent a whole year pretending they were striking ISIL targets but where are the results of these strikes?” Pushkov asked during and interview with France’s Europe 1 Radio.

Max Boot, a neocon ideologue at the Council on Foreign Relations, admits the U.S. bombing campaign against ISIS is primarily smoke and mirrors.

“Obama’s strategy in Syria and Iraq is not working… (because) the U.S. bombing campaign against ISIS has been remarkably restrained,” Boot wrote for Newsweek in February.

Figures compiled by the CFR reveal the U.S. has dropped 43 bombs on ISIS per day since the campaign began. In 1991 the Pentagon dropped 6,163 bomb per day on Iraq and 1,039 in 2003. Even Bosnia, which posed no threat to the United States, saw a total of 60 bombs per day in 1995.

Essentially, our government has spent the past year stirring the pot in Syria and Iraq, and nothing more. At best our bombs are just a distraction, and at worst they are wrecking the infrastructure of Syria.

Time will tell which side is going to win this information war between the Kremlin and Washington DC. Right now though, it looks like Washington is getting licked. They claim that they’re dedicated to fighting ISIS, but their actions speak otherwise. All they’ve ever done in the Middle East is sow chaos and try to overthrow Russia’s allies. If the Russians actually manage to rout ISIS, the reputation of our government is never going to recover. They will have lost the information war.

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  • SovereignPatriot88

    The US government already lost the information war as far as I’m concerned. After all the talk of fighting ISIS, they have gotten stronger and more brazen. The fact that they have been able to take Kunduz only shows their growing strength. America has the most powerful military on Earth and yet they have had no effect on ISIS. So clearly they aren’t focused on defeating them. Smoke and mirrors is exactly what this is.

    • Nexusfast123

      ISIL is a CIA front. As for the US military being ‘powerful’ it really means what you mean by ‘powerful’.

      • SovereignPatriot88

        I guess by “powerful” I mean that we spend way more money on our military than other countries. And for all that money we should be able to accomplish something like exterminating ISIS. But because ISIS is funded by our government, I can see why they haven’t.
        Then I thought that Russia would do it. But all they are doing is protecting Assad and Syria.

        • freewheelinfranklin543

          Russia is protecting itself from these US funded,trained and armed jihadis. It was the US who instigated the war in Chechnya in the 1990’s to hurt Russia.The Russians and Chinese know now that they are dc’s ultimate and final target.Quit spewing NATO propaganda on Syria!

      • Jim

        Good at killing women and children and bombing hospitals? They got that one down pat. As far as actual warfare is concerned, they can’t even beat a bunch of goat-herders with fifty year old Soviet arms.

    • LionOfLiberty

      ISIS had nothing to do with Kunduz. I am not sure where you got your information from, Kunduz was captured by the Taliban with help from an al Qaeda affiliate known as Islamic Jihad Union. Kunduz is a city in Northern Afghanistan, not Syria. Just sayin’

      • SovereignPatriot88

        I know where Kunduz is, I was just attempting to make a point. But you are right, it was the Taliban, not ISIS. I must have remembered it wrong. The story was on The Daily Sheeple no less. Maybe next time I will pay more attention to detail before I post something.

        • LionOfLiberty

          Well I cant say I blame you. Too many Islamic jihadist groups, in too many shit hole countries. Its hard keeping it all straight.

  • Sad But True

    Assad isn’t the enemy. Those trying to topple him are. I hope Putin’s efforts will be quick and decisive. God bless Russia. To hell with the neocon maniacs who have caused so much death and destruction.

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  • paulgilpin

    i think we need to get primier kissoff on the phone before making a comment one way or the other.

  • whydowanttoknow

    Our governments reputation was lost years ago.

  • jim_robert

    Obama and Hillary’s “splendid little wars” ain’t working out to well now, are they….

  • Mena became academic when Clinton left the White House, the CIA having developed delivery points for Air America that are closer to their markets in the southwest.

  • We~see

    The US Is Clearly Losing the Information War Against Russia,you-say
    That’s because the USA is being sold out. and you the people have to fight & die right out front doors Battle field. everything is being set up give take few years you’ll see

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    When you have to protect one gigantic lie with thousands of smaller lies, each successive lie becomes more absurd proportionate to it’s distance from the truth. The Obama administration passed absurd a long, long time ago. To his credit, Putin is exposing it.

  • Mr Reynard

    VERITAS VINCIT ! Bawak………….

  • Mark

    Следующая Пасха в Иерусалиме. (laughing)

    • Well that’s strange, I just typed about them 15minutes ago…..

      • Mark

        It should be Putin’s motto: “Next Easter in Jerusalem.” A pun on the talmudic “seders.” “Pour Out Thy Wrath on the g o y i m…” (Shefokh hamatkha) and the hate feast ends with “Next year in Jerusalem.”

  • Richard Martin

    Its a media war, propaganda war, get it straight.

  • Bob

    The geopolitical theatre is performing that there are air strikes and other actions against this new “enemy”. Logical deduction concludes that there can be no air strikes or any other actions or the “enemy” would be obliterated already. This new move on the theatre with Russia increases the drama since they have intent to eliminate this “enemy”. This is like moving the queen out on the chess board now on an offensive strategy.