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Obama’s Legacy: War with Russia?

The White House, cheered on by Clinton, is rapidly escalating tensions with Moscow over Syria

After nearly eight years of the Obama administration’s disastrous foreign policy, the United States appears to stand perilously close to open conflict with Russia.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov warned last Thursday that Russia would not hesitate to fire on U.S. forces in Syria in the event of a U.S. attack on either Russian or Syrian government forces. “Any missile or air strikes on the territory controlled by the Syrian government will create a clear threat to Russian servicemen,” Konashenkov said.

“Any missile or air strikes on the territory controlled by the Syrian government will create a clear threat to Russian servicemen.”

“I am warning anyone, that after U.S.-led coalition jets bombed positions of the Syrian government forces on Sept. 17 in Deir ez-Zor, we will take all necessary measures to prevent other American ‘mistakes’ against Russian military or other military facilities on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic,” he continued.

Konashenkov was referring to an incident in which the U.S. launched airstrikes against Syrian government forces only days after declaring a ceasefire. The Obama administration claimed the attack was a mistake, but the timing and ferocity of the strike have led some — including the Russian and Syrian governments — to suggest otherwise.

Russia’s stern warning came in response to “leaks in the Western media [that] allege that Washington is considering airstrikes against Syrian government forces,” Konashenkov explained.

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Meanwhile, as Russia threatens to retaliate against U.S. aggression in Syria, the Obama administration propaganda machine continues to do its utmost make the Russians look like the regional aggressors. On Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry called for an investigation into alleged Russian war crimes in Syria.

That same day, the U.S. government officially accused the Russians of attempting to hack and interfere with the upcoming U.S. election — an accusation Russia denies vehemently and for which there is currently no proof.

The dubious veracity of the Obama administration’s claims hasn’t stopped Clinton from parroting them wholeheartedly. Indeed, during the second presidential debate, Clinton seemed to be doing her best to justify the approaching conflict with Russia, a conflict she would likely escalate.

“Think of that picture we all saw of that four-year-old boy with the blood on his forehead because he’d been bombed by the Russian and Syrian air forces,” Clinton said. “There are children suffering in this catastrophic war, largely, I believe, because of Russian aggression,” she added.

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But despite constant claims from the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign and their allies in the mainstream media about Russian aggression — vice presidential debate moderator Elaine Quijano asserted that the Russian military was intentionally dropping incendiary explosives on civilians — the truth is far more complicated.

Indeed, if any side is the “bad guys” in this particular instance, it is arguably the Obama administration. Consider the following: The Obama administration is actively trying to overthrow the legitimate government of a sovereign nation.

In order to effect that regime change, the Obama administration is actively supporting Islamic terrorists by providing them air support and in some cases even weapons. It has been confirmed that U.S. forces have provided air support for rebel operations in which al-Qaida (the Al-Nusra Front) was taking part. The Al-Nusra Front is one of the many Islamic terror groups that make up an alliance of fighters known as the Army of Conquest.

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The other main anti-Assad force in existence is Fatah Halab, the supposedly non-Islamist rebel alliance. But while, unlike the Army of Conquest, Fatah Halab is not explicitly Islamist, is still has a number of Islamist affiliates.

Moreover, it was accused of war crimes by Amnesty International in May for “repeated and indiscriminate” attacks on civilian targets. The Obama administration’s main ally in Syria is guilty of the very crimes of which the Obama administration accuses Russia and the Syrian government.

This is Obama’s true foreign policy legacy. The man who campaigned on severe criticism of U.S. efforts at regime change in Iraq is not only risking war with Russia in pursuit of regime change in Syria, but siding with Islamic terrorists to achieve it.

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