Missy: …Now, if the Doctor assumes he’s going to die, what happens then?
Clara: We do.
Missy: He’s trapped at the heart of the Dalek empire. He’s a prisoner of the creatures who hate him most in the universe. Between us and him is everything the deadliest race in all of history can throw at us. We, on the other hand, have a pointy stick. How do we start?
Clara: We assume we’re going to win.
Doctor Who The Witch’s familiar 2015
[said to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev] This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.
President Barack Obama March 27th 2012
Nature abhors a vacuum and with the US withdrawing from the world other are starting to assert themselves. We saw an example of it over the last 30 days.
Back at the beginning of Sept the Russians started deploying forces to Syria
Russia has begun to deploy an air force contingent to Syria in order to undertake air attacks against the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) and other Islamic groups battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, according to the Israeli news site, Ynet.
Citing western diplomatic sources, Ynet reported Tuesday that an advance Russian party has already arrived in Syria and will be followed in the coming weeks by thousands of military personnel, including members of an “aerial protection division.” This presumably is a force to protect the air contingent, which is to include fighter jets and attack helicopters, from ground attack. The Russians will reportedly be making use of an existing Syrian air force base in the Damascus area.
A week ago CNN was talking about it:
Russia may be preparing to station troops at two new sites in Syria as it continues its rapid military buildup in the conflict-ravaged nation, a research firm says.
IHS Jane’s said Tuesday that it had spotted two previously unreported sites in satellite imagery of western Syria where steps appear to be being taken to receive Russian forces.
And lo and behold just hours after Barack Obama met Putin and later said this:
defeating ISIL requires — I believe — a new leader and an inclusive government that unites the Syrian people in the fight against terrorist groups. This is going to be a complex process. And as I’ve said before, we are prepared to work with all countries, including Russia and Iran, to find a political mechanism in which it is possible to begin a transition process.
Russia said this
Russia has demanded that American warplanes exit Syrian airspace immediately, a US official told Fox News on Wednesday.
The official said that Russian diplomats sent an official message to the US ordering American planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory, according to the report.
US military sources told the news outlet that US planes would not comply with the Russian demand.
And did this:
While Moscow’s stated purpose in Syria is to fight Islamic State militants, Russian warplanes and helicopter gunships dropped bombs north of the central city of Homs, in an area held by rebel groups opposed to Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally. The attacks were unleashed hours after Mr. Putin pushed a measure through the upper house of Russia’s rubber stamp Parliament authorizing the use of force abroad.
John Kerry said this:
If Russia’s recent actions represent a genuine commitment to defeating Isil then we welcome those, and will find a way to multiply it.
But we must not and will not confuse in our fight against Isil with support for Assad.
He then says it depends where Russia has hit – and that if they have hit anti-Assad positions, it would send a bad sign.
Strikes of that kind would question Russia’s real intentions: fighing [sic] Isil, or supporting the Assad regime.
But the funniest thing I read was this line from an excellent piece at the telegraph
All of the targets were non-Isil rebel groups, including those supported by the Western powers. The SU-24s were in action not in Isil’s stronghold in eastern Syria or against Raqqa – the movement’s de facto capital – but in areas where Assad’s forces have been under severe pressure from the insurgents.
The suspicion immediately arose that saving Assad – not destroying Isil – was Russia’s main objective.
Furthermore on The Lead one of the worries was that by giving only one hour notice the Russians were acting “unprofessional”.
I think the Russians are acting very professional, they have a professional army and they are using it to support their allies.
Now I know that to this White House a country using their military might to actually support their interests and their allies is a concept completely foreign but in the real non obama world that’s how things work.
The reality is a person with a pointy stick with the will to use it is more powerful than a person with an army without the will to use it.