I realized that before I got into my updates and opinion about the military entanglements in Syria and Iraq, it might be wise to back up a bit and get the lay of the land first.
We have to answer the question why there is there so much conflict for nations claiming to be on the same side on the battlefield, i.e. anti- ISIS.
First, what’s a Proxy War?
The short answer is that it is two or more powers fighting in a territory that is native to neither.
The Vietnam War, e.g., was a proxy war between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. The fight was over resources and supposedly over the competing ideologies of communism and consumer capitalism.
Why Would the U.S. Fight Against Russia? Do they not have a common enemy in ISIS?
Sort of. The problem here is that both Obama and Putin have long-term agendas that conflict. Either side could crush ISIS with military might, but how that happens & the ultimate result is a potential turning point for both of their competing strategies.
Obama has already considered it apparently . He did not want to “make Syria into a proxy war between the United States and Russia.”
Mr. President, this IS a proxy war.
Only PM Putin has him trapped in an awkward position. Everyone else outside of America knows that the U.S. together with Israel started ISIS as an asset they could march around as their dirty mercenary army. We know this from the United Nations reports, cell phone videos, unclassified United States records, and their responses for intelligence sharing by coalition members.
The American media blackout has served Obama well but he cannot risk openly opposing Russia for he would be exposing this dirty money ties, losing what little approval remains. ISIS is the brainchild of the ruling elite. Benjamin Netanyahu and Barrack Obama (and by extension the Mossad and CIA), must watch instead as their mercenary army gets picked apart.