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US blasts Russians for bombing al Qaeda

Posted by Charles II on October 1, 2015

OK. Parry is on the story:

The key sentence in The New York Times’ lead article about Russian airstrikes against Syrian rebel targets fell to the bottom of the story, five paragraphs from the end, where the Times noted in passing that the area north of Homs where the attacks occurred had been the site of an offensive by a coalition “including Nusra Front.”

What the Times didn’t say in that context was that Nusra Front is Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, an omission perhaps explained because this additional information would disrupt the righteous tone of the article, accusing Russia of bad faith in attacking rebel groups other than the Islamic State.

Where was I when this country became an al Qaeda ally?

5 Responses to “US blasts Russians for bombing al Qaeda”

  1. jo6pacjo6pac said

    “Where was I when this country became an al Qaeda ally?”

    Since joe wilson little war, those were the good o’days.

    Some great pictures

  2. “Where was I when this country became an al Qaeda ally?”

    It’s all about pleasing Bibi and Bandar. They’re attacking Syria to piss off Iran, and also (in the case of the Saudis) to see if they can turn a comparatively secularist nation into a Wahabist theocracy and Saudi client state.

    But the Saudis can’t keep this up forever. They’re depressing the price of oil in order to kill off the Bakken and other competitors, even as they’re burning through their cash reserves bankrolling their proxies in Syria and Yemen and burning through their expensive armaments (at $80.8 billion, the Saudis are #4 on the list of most lavish military spenders, behind only the US, China, and Russia). Something’s gotta give, and unless the House of Saud starts, say, finding pretexts to execute rich citizens they don’t like and confiscating their estates, they’re going to have decide what’s got priority.

    • Charles II said

      They have $800B in cash reserves.

      Their budget is $230 B.

      So they can afford four more years of this, even giving away their oil.

      • Their cash reserves are at $654 billion as of last week:

        Falling for a seventh month in a row, net foreign assets held by the central bank dropped to $654.5 billion, the lowest since February 2013. That compares with $661 billion in July, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency said in its monthly report. Credit to private businesses grew 8.4 percent, the slowest rate since 2011.

        The biggest Arab economy is showing signs of strain after oil prices tumbled about 50 percent over the past 12 months, pushing authorities to search for savings and sell bonds for the first time since 2007. The government, so far, has been short on specifics on how it will reduce spending, though planners are said to be considering measures long viewed as off-limits or unnecessary, including phasing out fuel subsidies and investing in renewable energy.

        They’ve spent between $5 and $8 billion just on propping up their Wahabist client state in Yemen, with billions more given to Egypt’s government and spent on the drive to topple Assad (of which their spending on Daesh/ISIS plays a part).

        The biggest worry of many Saudis is that Salman’s move to flood the world market with cheap crude may have triggered an irreversible fall in oil prices just as the world’s developed economies are moving to electricity (and increasingly, wind- and solar-generated electricity) as opposed to oil. So while they may well have killed off the Bakken and Venezuela’s Orinoco Belt (they definitely have killed off Keystone XL), they may have sped up the eventual end of their own hydrocarbon (and thus political) dominance.

      • Charles II said

        That’s a drop of $150B since May. I guess war is expensive.

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