In just an unbelievable series of spectacularly foolish comments made by either Barack Obama or members of his administration, Ash Carter, U.S. Secretary of Defense, in response to the concerns of Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) stated that: "“We have a different view, a very different view from Russia about what would be constructive for them to do in Syria,” he said. “That’s not the same as the United States and Russia clashing.”
Gabbard's concerns were that with Russian anti-aircraft missiles being placed in the combat zone, with so many different aircraft and conflicting missions taking place, there could be a launch, even mistakenly, of a missile that would shoot down a NATO aircraft.
Typically, the Obama Administration belittled this woman with a sort of "never mind little lady, the boys will take care of the details" sort of response when Gabbard raised the very real and even likely possibility of just such a thing happening. But then, this is the Obama Administration that could not remember that just a few days ago Paris had endured a tremendous, coordinated terrorist attack that killed 130 people when Obama suggested that the murder of three people in the United States was a unique sort of murder that didn't happen in other countries. Ash Carter, Secretary of Defense, must have forgotten that only a week ago Turkey shot down a Russian jet over a misunderstanding of whether the jet was in Turkish airspace, or Syrian airspace.
Carter suggested that the very different and conflicting views of the US and Russia concerning Russia's role in the Syrian conflict could not possibly lead to an outright confrontation when he said: "That's not the same as the United States and Russia clashing."
While that may be a true statement, it is false in all rational logic. No, the idea that Russia is supporting its ally, Syria, and is attacking ground troops trained by the United States and occasionally ISIS, whenever the US is not bombing either supporters of Syria and occasionally ISIS does not mean that they are clashing. It does mean, however, that since one of the major military powers is supporting one side of the struggle and another major military power is supporting the other side of the struggle and occasionally shoot the same people and at other times shoot different people, somewhere along the line one major military power will shoot down or bomb the planes or soldiers of the other major military power. And that, Mr. Carter would be a clash.
As the late Fred Thompson famously said in the film Hunt for Red October: "This business will get out of control, it will get out of control and we will be lucky to live through it."
Really, does it seem to anyone else that Barack Obama is trying to push every tender spot in every conflict the world over just trying to get some horrendous conflagration started? Or, is it just ME?