The US Is Clearly Losing the Information War Against Russia
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.