"The world is still full of pilgrims."
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane had been attacked when it was 1 km (0.62 mile) inside Syria and warned of "serious consequences" for what he termed a stab in the back administered by "the accomplices of terrorists".
"We will never tolerate such crimes like the one committed today," Putin said, as Russian and Turkish shares fell on fears of an escalation between the former Cold War enemies.
Three steps as announced by top Russian brass:
- Each and every strike groups’ operation is to be carried out under the guise of fighter jets
- Air defense to be boosted with the deployment of Moskva guided missile cruiser off Latakia coast with an aim to destroy any target that may pose danger
- Military contacts with Turkey to be suspended
Russian foreign minister: downing of jet was 'planned provocation'
Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, is giving a televised briefing on Russia's response to the shoot down, writes Roland Oliphant.
He has described Turkey's shoot down of a Russian jet as "planned provocation" and says Russia will "seriously reassess" relations with Ankara. But he seems to have ruled out military retaliation, saying Russia is not going to war with Turkey.
Interestingly, he's also hinted at American culpability in the incident, saying the missile used was American made and pointing out Turkey is meant to be a member of the US-led coalition against Isil - and thus nominally subject to the "deconfliction" agreement the Pentagon and Russian military chiefs negotiated to avoid clashes in the air over Syria.
Footage filmed at a crossing on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey's southern province of Kilis showed lorries burning. The head of the rebel-run border crossing in the same area said separately that air strikes hit a garage for commercial trailers, killing seven lorry drivers.
Placing of sophisticated system in Latakia would grant Russia aerial control over Syria, Lebanon and Cyprus, and stretch as far as Israel’s international airport
If Turkish jets fly into airspace they're cooked.
The Russian military has deployed its sophisticated S-400 missile battery and radar array in Syria, a Russian state-run media outlet claimed Thursday.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had announced Wednesday that the system would be deployed in Latakia, in northwest Syria, in response to Turkey shooting down a Russian warplane the day before.........
"When I voted to give President Bush the authority to invade Iraq I never imagined that he would actually use it."
We all know Hillary Clinton's history on the Iraq War. We know that she and her president husband considered Saddam Hussein one of the most dangerous men in the world; and we know that her husband in 1998 signed into law the Iraq Liberation Act making the removal of Saddam from power the official policy of the US government. We also know that Hillary in 2002 voted to forcibly remove Saddam from power giving George Bush the authority to do so; and we also know that by 2004 when the war was going badly and political support for it was waning that Hillary halfheartedly turned against it saying:
"I don't regret having voted for the war. But Bush was wrong in its planning and execution and shouldn't have gone to war."
We also know that by 2007 when conditions in Iraq were critically bad and disillusionment with the war widespread that presidential candidate Clinton unequivocally disavowed her 2002 vote and fully turned against the war apologetically saying:
"When I voted to give Bush the authority to go to war I never imagined that he'd actually use it."
And to prove her sincerity she called on Bush to end the war and bring our troops home; and then (with Obama) she voted against the surge predicting it wouldn't work, that the war was hopelessly lost and we would needlessly be sending more of our soldiers to the grave.
But as you will see from the following this was all political bull. In reality, Hillary's opposition to the Iraq War was completely disingenuous and hypocritical.
Indeed, at the Council of Foreign Relations last week during a Q&A with CNN's Fareed Zakaria it appears that Hillary Clinton in an unguarded moment inadvertently let something slip from her lying lips that can only be construed as a complete flip-flop on her opposition to the Iraq War. As you will see below it is certain that Hillary now believes (or has never ceased believing) that the Iraq War was justified; that it was a good and necessary war; that along with George Bush and Dick Cheney she thinks that the Iraq War from start to finish was the right war in the right place at the right time and will ultimately be vindicated by history.
The Q&A is as follows:
"… Donald Trump says that every time we deposed or encouraged the removal of a dictator in the Middle East, what has followed has been political chaos and a worse humanitarian situation than existed before. And if you look at IRAQ, if you look at LIBYA, if you look Yemen, you look at the fragility of the Assad regime and what it has produced, isn’t he right?"
Well, he [Trump] has a very short-term view of history, because it is not at all clear what the final outcome will be in the places [Iraq and Libya] that you named."
As you can see Hillary lumps together or conflates Libya and Iraq and justifies her policy to remove Kaddafy (which shattered the country throwing it into utter turmoil similar to the strife torn chaos of post-Saddam Iraq) on the optimistic view that "it's not yet clear what the final outcome will be," meaning that good could eventually come out of all the suffering and evil we see there. She believes that removing Kaddafy and turning Libya into a failed state with warring militias and terrorist groups killing each other and innocents by the thousands is perhaps just a passing phase. That there's a light at the tunnel's end. That over time historical forces could evolve and Libya could emerge a free, stable, democratic state a benefit to its people and the region.
Now what this means is that negative critics like Donald Trump and other GOP candidates cannot sit in judgment over Queen Hillary. Unlike her they can't rise above the fleeting troubles and crises of the moment. Unlike her they are shortsighted and historically myopic. In short, they lack Hillary's more enlightened, superior, farseeing mind and are ignoramuses in comparison.
But what's good for the goose is good for the ganda. What's good for Hillary Clinton and her former boss Obama in their decision to take down Kaddafy despite the immediate terrible consequences was good for George Bush and Dick Cheney and their decision to invade Iraq and remove Saddam. That happened twelve short years ago, a blip on the timeline of history. And any one who judges Iraq as a mistake is a dunce like Donald Trump suffering from myopia, not taking the long view of history and looking at the big picture. But together with Trump that would include Hillary, Obama and anyone who sits in judgment over Bush and Cheney saying that "they lied and people died," and that the Iraq War was a mistake and a waste because of the horrific chaos there.
Keep this video of a very fatigued Hillary in mind for my next blog on Trump and Hillary and how she lacks the strength and stamina to be president.
Bernie says, and Hillary and Obama agree: "Global warming [not global jihad] is the greatest threat to our national security." And that "global warming is directly linked to the growth of [Islamic] terror."
Speak no truth, see no truth and hear no truth about Islam.
If Obama believes that Islam was present with (or woven into the fabric of) our nation from its founding in 1776 then when is he going to transcend the old, tired, worn out cliché that "Islam is a Religion of peace" and say instead that it's a religion of "Life, Liberty and Happiness"? When is he going to completely Americanize this church/state collectivist faith that crushes individual rights and compare Mohammed to George Washington? The Meccans surrender to Mohammed with the British at Yorktown? Sharia Law to the Constitution? I'm certain that in his foolish bleeding heart for the faith Obama believes these things and wants to say them. Will he find the guts to do so before liberation day when we're finally rid of him?
Result: 311 days (see)
"ALL men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves; and above all others the sense of sight. For not only with a view to action, but even when we are not going to do anything, we prefer seeing (one might say) to everything else. The reason is that this, most of all the senses, makes us know and brings to light many differences between things.
"Testing an astronomically based decadal-scale empirical harmonic climate model versus the general circulation climate models"
For decades now in our high schools, colleges and universities students have been indoctrinated and brainwashed with the unhistorical falsehood that the Great Depression was caused by a failure of free market capitalism; and that 12 years (1921 to 1933) of conservative Republican presidents ending with the "heartless, hands off, laissez faire" Herbert Hoover "who refused to intervene in the economy to help the great mass of impoverished, jobless, starving Americans during the crisis" was its underlying cause; and that he turned a recession in 1929 into a devastating depression-the longest and worst economic crisis in our history. But Hoover the "reactionary, limited government, tooth and claw, do nothing Darwinian capitalist" is a complete myth. Indeed, this gentle, compassionate humanitarian who helped feed and clothe millions of suffering people in war-torn Europe and once famously said "Capitalists are what's wrong with capitalism" came from the progressive, Teddy Roosevelt wing of the Republican Party, and was anything like Harding and Coolidge-the free market, limited government conservative presidents he served under as Secretary of Commerce. In fact, Calvin Coolidge had such low regard for Hoover that he derisively said of him: “That man has given me unsolicited advice for the past five years...all of it bad”-and thought he'd make a terrible president. And was right.
seems in no respect inferior to art, and men of experience succeed even better than those who have theory without experience. (The reason is that experience is knowledge of individuals, art of universals, and actions and productions are all concerned with the individual; for the physician does not cure man, except in an incidental way, but Callias or Socrates or some other called by some such individual name, who happens to be a man. If, then, a man has
Magic of Belle Isle, the popular Oscar-winning actor [Morgan Freedman] said that people “conveniently
forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America's first black president hasn't arisen yet. He’s not America’s first black president — he’s America’s first mixed-race president.”
Dear Friends and fellow Counter-Jihadists:
Contact House Speaker Paul Ryan and your Congressman today and urge them to invite the great, good President al-Sisi to address Congress like Bibi Netanyahu did earlier this year. Send a message to Ryan and your Congressman on Facebook or Twitter-do both. But do it, please. The American people need to hear this pro-American friend of Israel and ally in the war on Islamic terror who calls for a reformation of the faith.