June 15th, 2012
06:42 PM ET

US believes Russia has ship with weapons, troops en route to Syria

By Barbara Starr, with reporting from Jill Dougherty

The United States says it is tracking a Russian military cargo ship as it makes its way to Syria carrying weapons, ammunition and a small number of Russian troops.

U.S. intelligence believes the Russians are sending the ship to help fortify its naval base in Syria as the situation in country continues to spiral out of control, Pentagon officials told CNN Friday.

The presence of the ship was first reporting by NBC News.

Classified U.S. imagery shows the ship, called the Nikolay Filchenkov, began loading in the port of Sevastapol on the Black Sea on June 7 and is headed for the Syrian port of Tartus, where the Russians have a naval facility. The port is vital for Russian naval access to the entire Middle East.

Under maritime rules, Russia should declare what the ship is carrying when it enters the Mediterranean, U.S. officials said.

The sources could not say how many troops are on board, though it is not believed to be a large number. In addition, the officials said, it is not clear if the troops are only to help secure and transport the weapons and equipment or if they will stay in Syria.

For now, the United States believes Russia's intention is to defend its naval base. But it is not clear how much of a threat the Russians really are facing from Syrian opposition forces. There have been no reports of significant fighting in the area lately.

U.S. officials are worried there could be other plans for the troops and military gear should the Russians offload the ship in Tartus.

The Nikolay Filchenkov is a large landing ship capable of carrying up 1,700 tons and 300 troops, according to Human Rights Watch, which monitors ship activity in relation to Syria.

Russia has already been in a fierce back-and-forth with the United States, after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Russians were shipping attack helicopters to Syria. The Russian government has said the helicopters are not new, but rather were refurbished under an existing contract with Syria.

"As we said before, there are no new combat helicopters supplies to Syria. Our military and technical cooperation with Syria is limited to delivery of defensive arms. As for helicopters, earlier we did a planned maintenance of equipment that had been supplied to Syria many years ago," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on its website Friday.

A former Russian presidential adviser tells CNN that it does not make sense for Moscow to send troops to offload at the port.

Andranik Migranyan, director of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation in New York, a Kremlin-backed non-governmental organization, said Russia has opposed introducing any outside troops into Syria because, Russian officials argue, it would create more problems in the violence-torn country.

"I don't see any logic in it," Migranyan told CNN, referring to the reports of troops on their way. "If Russia did that it would invite other countries to send forces to Syria."

soundoff (682 Responses)
  1. Real Patriot

    Russian officials say the conflict in Syria should be "viewed through the lens of Iraq and Libya", adding that Western intervention in Iraq was a "massive fraud" for which no one has been held accountable. TRUTH! Putin Rocks!!!

    June 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • yuri pelham

      This is to follow thru on my suggestion that Syria become a Russian protectorate. They would not support terrorist groups the way Assad does. GO USSR!!

      June 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  2. DAD


    June 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • yuri pelham

      No. Citizens Against Suicide oppose this suggestion.

      June 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  3. ElSid

    Who is tracking the US ships headed to Bahrain, Saudi, and Tel Aviv.

    June 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • fryingbryan

      good point!!

      June 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  4. Not worried

    Looking at the failures of the Russian space program... I doubt that Russia could sustain a war with anyone. Putin is just posturing for internal reasons only.

    June 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • pa

      at least they have one, we hitch-hike on there ships

      June 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  5. SSSR > usA :)

    I believe Russia will kill all them.

    June 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  6. TL

    Russia needs to understand the USA is the modern day Roman Empire and will be for many years.

    June 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • RussianSpetznaz

      USA should understand: all empires failed. 3 of them – Ghenghis khan one, Napoleon one, Hitler one, failed due to Russia.....
      But anyway.....all of them FAILED. And your one will FAIL. Already failing.

      June 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
      • vadthrawn

        Just like Russia failed and broke apart.

        June 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
      • Trent

        All of them (not Ghengis Khan, you're wrong there) failed partially (not entirely) because they invaded Russia in winter. Your weather beat them, not Russians.

        June 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
      • mk1

        Not to get too picky but vad, the Soviet Union fell apart, not Russia. What is modern Russia is what historically has been Russia for centuries.
        Trent, you are right, the weather beat them but they did not invade during the winter, both invaded during June and the Russians, as they have been known to do fought a defensive battle until winter which they then used to their advantage as usual.

        June 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
      • Colin

        Just like Russia fell apart 2 decades ago and i still trying to get on its feet. How many people in Russia live below the poverty line? You have a hard time controlling your own conuntry, let alone assist another country. Half of the money in Russia is illicit or from illegal deals. The military is in shambles. O, and if you didn't get the message yet, communism failed miserably. GDP for Russia : around 3 trillion. the US : around 15 trillions. Per capita GDP? $16,000 compared to $48,000.

        That, my friend, is a giant fail. Go back to Russia.

        dye1486@yahoo.com if you want to email me

        June 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
      • Roto

        Have to agree, we are the Roman Empire of today. Also that we will decline at some point in time as surely as did the Romans. Starting now?

        June 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
      • SSSR > usA :)

        USA have no brain to understand it! ;)))))))))))

        June 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
      • Trotsky

        Historically, from the days of the Russian empire, through the U.S.S.R. era and in it's current splintered modern form, Russia is the epitome self-delusional alcoholic fail. They don't even have the balls to take their country back from Putin's rigged "democratic" elections these days. Very sad indeed, but the Russian people only have themselves to blame.

        June 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
      • Russia < piece of crap

        Yes, USA INTENTIONALLY has "no brain" so that Zombie Russia will starve to its second death.

        June 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  7. Johnbird

    OUT RUSSIA... The blood of the Syrian children and women have haunted you and you have been humiliated by Greece and disqualified from Euro cup in the first round. The Syrian people curse will follow you from now on due to your devilish deeds by supporting ASSad thugs and killing innocent souls. You will see disaster after disaster due to the prayers of the Syrian people to God to retaliate from Russia the enemy of the Syrian people and human kind.

    June 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • yousuck

      someone is angry

      June 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • iceman777

      I agree, both Russia and the West need to stay out of Syria and let them fight it out. This is a civil war regardless of what the western media says. My thoughts are with the rebels, good luck.

      June 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • SSSR > usA :)

      u r an idiot 🙂 "The Syrian people curse will follow you from now on due to your devilish deeds by supporting ASSad thugs and killing innocent souls."

      June 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  8. Portland tony

    No reason the Russians can't resupply their leased base at Tartus. It's obvious they have a few bucks involved in maintaining the port. So if Assad falls they need to protect their investment from the radical Sunni. Look at it as the Gitmo-Cuba relationship before we changed Gitmo to a Devil 's Island!

    June 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  9. mansa

    what if israel (the mossad) and the cia are behind this?
    syria is iran's buddy. syria is aligned with russia and china.
    if they can 'justify' military intervention in syria, then they do several things:
    a. destroy iran's only ally (replacing them with a puppet stooge)..hopefully drawing iran in such that they now have cover to bomb the sh&t out of iran
    b. punk russia and china..hence removing any influence russia or china have in the region
    to the chinese, i say, sell all the us bonds you own..do it overnight..it will crash the us bond market, send us interest rates soaring, turn the dollar into toilet paper.. and effectively nullify israel (because without the us financial and military backing, israel is nothing)
    to the russians i say, flex your muscle a bit and let the world know you still live
    to the americans i say, deport all jews who support israel (Note: i did not say all jews...just those who support israel. there are many GOOD jews out there who are against israel.. but the ones who support israel are traitors); kick out of office all politicians who are bought by AIPAC; impose sanctions on israel.

    June 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • Hischus

      Wow learn a bit about market operations before you write stupid comments here buddy!!!! Sell all your bonds overnight and send interest rates soaring!!! hahahahahaa first of all in order to sell you need buyers buddy, and if you increase the supply of american bonds on the secondary market you shift the supply curve to the right making it cheaper and lowering interest rates.... It is really funny to read certain people's comments here man! hilarious!!!

      June 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
      • din16

        Actually the dufus is correct about US interest rates. If China chooses to unload it's t-bonds and there are no willing buyers then prices of bonds will go down and rates will go up. However, China needs to be ready to take huge losses on the holdings, which I doubt Chinese are willing to do over Syria.

        June 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
      • Hischus

        Agreed the interest rates for those bonds would go up because China would have to sell it at a huge discount price in order to meet demand.... however guess who would be more than happy at buying the bonds at a huge discount price?!?! The FED!!!! by printing more more and injecting in the market, therefore, reducing the interest rates!!! We can go on and on about the scenarios here but it is unrealistic and the main post is just ridiculous

        June 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
      • mansa

        a little bit of education on market operations, oh wise one:
        treasury issues securities...most of these are bought by the fed (i.e. fed lends treasury money)... fed does this by printing money (*Note: the fed does not, and i repeat, does not issue bonds... the bonds are guaranteed by the us government, the treasury).
        bonds are sold to the primary market, and subsequently the secondary market.
        i as a purchaser of said bond receives interest, i can sell the bond back to the issuer at face value/ or sell it to someone else on the secondary market.
        now, the viscious cycle:
        chinese dump their bonds... treasury buys up these bonds (to avoid over-saturation of the market). treasury borrows from fed. fed prints money to lend to treasury. more money in circulation = inflation; inflation = reduced currency value. reduced currency value = higher interest rate (economics 101..in case you never took the class).
        treasury wants to raise more money. however, since inflation is high, treasury has to offer a higher interest rate on its new issues. if inflation is real bad, the rate offered delegate the us debt issue to junk status.
        cost of borrowing goes sky high, inflation goes sky high, economy collapses.
        the only good side is that with the dollar the value of toilet paper, us exports become dirt cheap, which in a way would spur domestic production and likely lift the us economy in the long run.
        now, back to tending to more serious matters; if you attended university, as i did, your professors should have taught this to you.

        June 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
      • matt

        I'm always in the market for T-bills. They're a good solid investment. I'll buy as many as someone is willing to sell. China does own a lot of them, but more belong to everyday Americans. It wouldn't have any impact on the rates. This poster just hates America and Isreal for whatever personal reasons.

        June 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • yousuck


      June 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
    • Hischus

      My friend I'm in grad school for Econ in Chicago and you're clearly just a moron.... the Fed buys and sells treasuries as part of its monetary policy idiot.... Treasury department ISSUES the notes and its yields are determined in a auction by supply and demand, but it doesn't buy treasuries on the secondary market.... unless the note is a TIPS (Treasury Inflation protected security), inflation is not determined nor does it determine the yield on treasuries buddy, inflation is a tool for which investors consider buying or selling treasuries.... Econ 101!!! You're just a hater man!! make me laugh

      June 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
      • mansa

        i'm a hater? i served 3 years in the us marine corps (special forces). put my life on the line for this country, time and again. killed many of america's enemies, and defended this country such that people like yourself may continue to live your lives.
        i have an undergrad in econ and electrical engineering; and a grad degree in electrical engineering.
        i also trade currency futures. and am very well aware that the value of a country's currencies is determined by several things.. amongst them the prevailing interest rate in said nation. inflation is related to the money supply. the more money in circulation, the lower the value of said currency. hence as the value of a currency depreciates, the interest rate in that country rises. interest is a means to control currency in circulation. the higher the interest rate, the lower the number of borrowers.
        the fed determines monetary policy through setting interest rates (typically the fed funds rate) and controlling the amount of currency in circulation. they inject money into the economy by BUYING treasuries issued by the treasury (that is why they are called TREASURY notes, not Fed Notes). it is the obligation of the treasury to issue notes; the treasury does this to fund government operations.
        to the person (matt) who said i hate the us, think about it. is it not a true patriot who stands up when his nation is being led astray by interests who may harbor agendas that are not best suited for the nation? i bet in 1776 you would have called george washington and thomas jefferson haters of the king, because they felt americans needed liberation from the crown of england

        June 17, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • Hischus

      Dude you're an IDIOT!!!! YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!!!!!! I'm not gonna waste my time lecturing you on how the inflation and interest works because you must have hit your head during service and you have no clue!!!! The Treasury funds the government and oversees fiscal policies, that's all!!!! The fed controls the monetary policy which includes buying and selling outstanding government debt!!! If raising the monetary base increases interest rates we wouldn't be experiencing the lowest interest rates ever!!!! expansionary policy attempts to lower interest rates!!! China would never take such an action of dumping all their US debt because they would lose money!!!! AND YOU"RE EVEN MORE STUPID CAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW THAT THE US WANTS TO DEPRECIATE THE DOLLAR FOR A WHILE NOW SO IT CAN KICK START OUR EXPORTS!!!! RESEARCH THE COMPLAINTS OF THE BRIC COUNTRIES, ESPECIALLY BRAZIL, OVER ACTIONS BY THE US AND EUROPE TO DEVALUE THEIR CURRENCY BY FLOODING THE MARKET!!!! STICK TO ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND CONTINUE TO DREAM ABOUT CONSPIRACY THEORIES DUFUS

      June 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  10. ObamaNoMore

    You think blacks and hispanics have it rough in Amerika now? Just wait until the Ruskies or Chi-coms take over. You want racism? Ain't seen nothin' yet. And that little thing you call the war on women? Pul-eeze.

    June 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Reply

      Interesting. Not a single slave ship left Africa for either Russia or China. The Belgians killed 15 million African in the Congo alone just to extract rubber. I could go on and on for days about other colonies and racist states installed all over Africa by agents of Western civilization.. The Russians and the Chinese have a long, long, long way to go before their racism equals, let alone trumps the racist atrocities that White Western Christians have repeatedly inflicted upon Blacks in the Americas, the Carribean, and in places all over Africa over the last 500 years or so.

      July 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  11. RussianSpetznaz

    Dear Americans....
    RELAX. You was LIED. There was not any ship. Like there was not any helicopters.
    But you are Ok with lies, we know......
    Of course, all weapons needed delivered to Syria....long time ago.

    June 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • ObamaNoMore

      And BTW, we never hauled Saddam's WMD's into Syria before the invasion either. We would not do such thing. We love Amerika. Please don't look here too close, you may find the WMD's that would justify the Bushies war.

      June 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply
      • RussianSpetznaz

        You love America, I respect this very much
        I love Russia
        Syria is 1 000 miles from Russia and 15 000 miles from USA.
        Why this is a problem ?

        June 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
      • Words4Words

        You're a joke.

        June 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  12. ObamaNoMore

    Leave them be. Not our concern.

    -Ron Paul

    June 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  13. reader10

    We need term limit for our politicians.They are getting old and senile,They dont know what they are doing except worrying about getting reelected the rest they dont care.

    June 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  14. Shelter Dweller

    All your base are belong to us!

    June 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  15. JOSE0311USMC


    June 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Reply
    • RussianSpetznaz

      Inspect space between your girl legs, dude.
      It is our ship, our base, our territory.
      You will inspect it after being nuked out from the planet.

      June 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
      • viaquest

        Russia is so screwed up you don't even know where most of your nukes are , lucky for you we do! Your country is no longer a superpower, therefore no longer a threat. Least we forget you little troop transport is sailing into waters patroled by two American Carrier groups they will abide by law and state thier cargo

        June 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
      • Hischus

        RussianSpetznaz you're a poor soul just like your mates!! Russia is a poor miserable place dominated by criminals and you just got eliminated from the EURO by broke a** Greece. You ain't nuking anything but your own intelligence with your dumb comments!!! Go to school, grow-up, cause you can't buy intelligence at the grocery store pal

        June 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
      • RussianSpetznaz

        No problems, Guys.
        Let us nukke each other and see results.
        It will solve our problem fast.

        June 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
      • Silent Majority

        Yea man back off it's his ship, it even has his name on it and everything. Hey spetznaz i enjoy playing you in call of duty mw!.

        June 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
      • Hischus

        WOW brother your intelligence level is really low!!! you continue with the argument 'let's nuke each other' I hope you're like 15 years old and just writing stupid things out of you a** right now, cause if you're older that's really disappointing. Guess what man I'm from Brazil and instead of worrying about 'nuking each other', I'm interested in women, soccer, personal development and happiness. Grow-up

        June 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm |

    Russia! Please K i l l that WORLD POLICEMAN F...K HIM

    June 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  17. fred a. schaefle

    In the 1950's,President Eisenhower,who had BEEN to war,and SEEN the carnage warned us of the"Military Industrial Compex".In the 60's,Americans had Vietnam brought into our consciousness nightly via T.V. News,and a series called M*A*S*H,in which a character states"The first rule of war is;young men die".Sadly,people of ALL genders&ages die in war.I can only pray that someday our species learns a way of living peacefully w/each other,sharing resources we only have on the Planet we ALL live on,& stops killing each other,esp.our Children(a.k.a. Our future.)

    June 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
    • viaquest

      M.A.S.H. was set during the Korean War. if your going to talk crap at least be accurate.

      June 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  18. JOSE0311USMC


    June 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • RussianSpetznaz

      Yes. We have. NUKKLEAR ONES.
      Go take it.

      June 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
      • viaquest

        What is Nukklear? if we wanted you poor little boat we wouldn't take it, you'd just hand it over quietly , with a nice thank you !!!

        June 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  19. Santex

    Bring back Dr Strangelove!

    June 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  20. BlaBlaBla

    this was my idea...not cheap...i did not lift a finger for it to happen...just wrote it down and sent it to the right person at the right time people who wanted to know what my ideas were...just need to be on the right side of history

    search for it

    #Occupy Bat Signal for the 99% | Occupy Wall Street Video

    June 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  21. Ron Long

    Whose on who's side. Is there a chance of NUCLEAR WAR with SYRIA and RUSSIA.

    June 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  22. yannaes

    Their base, their naval operation, their business.

    June 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  23. wavejump1100

    i dont see anything wrong with russia fortifying its military base in syria during a time of conflict. the usa would do exactly the same thing except probably would send more troops and more weapons. i dont think this conflict is any business of the usa. for once we should stay on the sidelines.

    June 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  24. DigitalLonestar

    sigh.....anyoen get the feeling Putin and russia are baiting the usa into a war with them.

    in the recent years russia has started to act rather agressive, I have the feeling that tipping point of the cold war could be reached here in syria, and russia is seeing what it will take for nato to go around the un, thus giving russia the justification it needs to attack nato, hate to say it clinton and obama , if the evidence isnt this point blank, ill spell it out, russia is on the side of the syrian regime. wonder how long before russia subs start tracking united states military movements

    June 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • DigitalLonestar

      in english im saying this could be the start of the third world war. caused by massive uprisings straining world tensions.

      June 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
      • Mike

        And if this doesn't do it then Israel will kick start it by nuking Iran. Whopee we're all gonna die.

        June 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • wavejump1100

      fortunately i dont think obama will be lured into this conflict. if romney and the republicans take over in 2013 get ready for wwIII

      June 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
      • HuiVamVRot

        WWIII will not last more than 1 day. No problems.
        mankind will die FAST.

        June 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Bran

      If McCain were president we would have to worry about falling into a "trap". Although if that were the case we would already be in Iran, N. Korea and Libya. Obama wont be suckered into starting a new war.

      June 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • viaquest

      i assure you thats the last thing Russia wants

      June 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  25. Mike

    Russia have a long standing tradition of putting their military and economic interests before ... well, anything else really. Somehow they always seem to side with the morally impoverished. I'm afraid I still think the same about Russia as I thought about the Soviet Union. Cant trust 'em, can't trust em and can't trust em. Before the backlash starts I'd like to say that yes, I know the western powers are far from squeeky clean but at least we try to come down on the side of the oppressed and try to do the right thing from time to time. Russia and China never have (and I doubt they ever will) taken on any of the responsibilities that comes with being a super power.

    June 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • HuiVamVRot

      Yes, 800 000 tons of Iraqi WMD's is example of what you say ....RESPONCIBILITY

      June 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • 1945

      Good example when Russia was on "wrong" side is WWII.
      It was wrong to side with USA/UK. They should side with NAZIs.

      June 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
      • Joeblow

        Uhh, they did side with the NAZIs. Wasn't until they got backstabbed that they came crawling to us

        June 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  26. BLA


    June 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC


      June 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
      • mortran@gmail.com

        The US government is not America's friend either. Before deporting Russians, it would be better to deport American politicians. They are the main enemies of the American people.

        June 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  27. James DeLapp

    This is NO different than during the cold war. Russia has been quietly rebuilding her military and now she is out to show she isnt afraid of the big bad US. You MUST meet strength with strength, even for a liberal Kennedy knew that in the 60's. Russia is not and never will be our ally. Same with China

    June 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  28. purnellmeagrejr

    If Bush/Cheney were in power this would mke me very nervous.Luckily we have a President who know when to act and when to hang back – not a sucker who can be fooled by a guy who's only army was 20 fanatics..

    June 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • philyfred

      If Bush and Cheney were still in power this wouldn't be happening. Russia would have their tails tucked scarred to say anything, and Syria would be a good dog a sit still not wanting to draw the attention of Americas military power. But alas, we have a cowad wellfare state president looking to sell our country down the crapper to illegals.

      June 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
      • IMD

        Hey Archie Bunker, please leave our country as soon as possible. The country is defended by the men and women who form the greatest military in the history of the world and they are certainly not cowards. You, however, are the quintessential coward. The welfare state you mention exists only in the extent that we provide trillions in welfare to the largest of corporations; oil companies, defense contractors, big pharma, etc. Your use of the word "welfare" is thinly veiled reference to the skin color of our President. Here is a news flash for you; More citizens of this country are "non-white" than "white." Our current President acts when it is in our country's interest to act not just to try to avenge his Daddy's failure by starting a 3 trillion dollar war that cost between 500K-1 mil lives and didn't make U.S. any safer, at all!
        Once again, please leave, you are a stain on the moral fabric of our society.

        June 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  29. dscon

    lets watch russia take over syria.

    June 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • Wilder Napalm

      Russia has owned Syria for several decades now. Assad will go only when Putin says so and not a minute before and then will be replaced by someone the Kremlin approves of.

      June 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC


      June 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
      • Kevin

        You make jar heads look bad.

        June 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
      • Rick

        I guess you think your Rambo eh. Guys like you make the Military look stupid.

        June 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  30. HuiVamVRot

    Level of CNN LIES is above imaginable.
    Still not able to show that "New Russian copters" or "Damascus Activist" but – new LIE is here!!!
    Lie was already prooved as Lie...but NO ...they still insist in it.......

    Where are 800 000 tons of WMD's , LIiars?

    June 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • dlilon

      CNN cant show you damn. They all colluded in singing same song. No choppers, no pics of russian arms. Nobody ever pondered about where HRW takes casualty counts. soon they will write Assad eats toddlers alive and his troops rape children.

      June 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  31. dlilon

    Good job russia. syria needs your help in eliminating foreign terrorists that operate in the country and deliberately hide among civilians, schools, hospitals and houses. Thank you Russia.

    June 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC


      June 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  32. Bribarian

    Good for Russia

    June 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  33. chris

    I love the reset button Hilary pushed, the Russian’s went from quit, minding their own business licking their wounds after the cold war, AND RESET it is the 1980’s again. Way to go, sure glad we are respected again. Nothing like a paper tiger like Russia telling you to F- off to show the world your not to be trifled with.

    June 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  34. Dynamic

    They're just doing what the US has been doing since the US Revolutionary War...

    June 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC


      June 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
      • Jean Sartre

        Yeah, bring back the drooling Ray Gun, too!

        June 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  35. azezel

    war with russia would only be to seize the oil supplies of the artic basin for nato.

    June 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC


      June 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
      • azezel

        a starflight program would be the better alternative to what is comming down the pipe. We have 2 choices aside from starflight. Neofuedelism and reductionism. Neofuedelism would mean that only 1% would have any mobility and usually only down as non renewable resources become scarcer and we collapse back into a darkage. Reduction would keep technology from breaking down by killing off the underclasses but is still a collapse and darkage scenario.
        Starflight on the other hand engages the human race into a upshift arms race. Where a dozen or so regional powers aligned along 2-3 axis would try to out build each other to avoid the reality of being somebody else's 3rd world. I think it is possible if the resources of the human race were marshaled to send a man to sirius and return him to earth in perfect health. Also to do this thing within 20 years.
        I think the ideal way to run a global government is through a confederacy of a dozen regional powers that are aligned in 3 lines. That the interplay between these powers would mean a stable, diverse global culture that is able to develop increasing complexity of economics and sciences sufficient to make the human race into a cosmic civilization that is capable of manufacturing new worlds as well as bringing into them bounty that we would find hard to believe.
        USMC that would mean marine... The marines are in a state of decline as part of the general collapse function that the human race is entangled in. You see this is the increasing demands the shorter lists of possible duty stations as well as fewer choice assignments. You see this in the reduction of benefits that are part of service and your ability to support loved ones. It used to be nothing for an enlisted man to support a family of 6 as the sole breadwinner. Now... is the story anywhere near the same today?

        June 17, 2012 at 3:48 am |
  36. Kevininvancouver

    I will tell you this much. I trust what the Russian officials tell us a lot more than anything come out of an American official. America is the Country that has started two unnecessary wars in the last decade while Russia has remained relatively peaceful. So what if they are sending troops and weapons to Syria – it isn't like anyone could stop them.

    June 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • chris

      hear! hear! Kevin!

      June 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        Russia peaceful?? Did you forget the genocide Russia brought to Chechnya in 1999-2000 ... no better than what Syria is doing to it's own people. Russia is a ticking timebomb.

        June 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • chris

      Trust the Russians hahahahaha joke right, Peaceful another good one. You’re the kind of person that would say we started WW2 when we invaded Normandy, Go put your tin foil hat back on and sit in your man-boy cave.

      June 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
      • Vikrant1993

        Lolz Chris. Wont face the reality. America in the past decade has caused so many violent conflicts for their own dam benefits. Unlike America,Russia its own dam business and does not intervene in others internal affairs.

        June 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
      • chris

        Like Georgia? Chechnya? No ,no violence there right.

        June 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
      • dou44

        Chechnya is part of Russia. Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Uganda, South Korea, and Isael are not parts of the murderous, meddling USA.

        June 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
      • chris

        just like with women if you have to force them they are not yours

        June 17, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • Pepinium

      Unfortunately for you Kevin, the fact that you are willing to trust the Kremlin over the word of any democratic nation says nothing about their trustworthiness but a lot about how naive you are and how ignorant of the historic behavior of the inventors of "real-politik". You probably also think there is nothing wrong with Assad's government's crackdown on its own people but are ready to jump on any indication that the UN is preparing to take any kind of action to defend them. Here's to hoping there are not many like you out there.

      June 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
      • Vikrant1993

        Assad government is wrong in attacking the innocent.But,tell me what would the US do to its people once they start a revolution.Neither the Rebels nor the Syrians Officials are good,both are ruthless and hurting innocent people. On top of that Neither America or Russia are 100% truthful ever.They tend to lie for their own benefits,but one of those two make war more often for unnecessary purposes. And that nation is falling down economically. Their are more people Kevin.And that is good,because if we continued to have people like you and Chris. We all would be living in caves and pretending everything the US does is right and everything the other nations do is wrong.Reality is Every nation is wrong,but as of right now America plays a bigger role and causes about 90% of all conflicts in this world.

        June 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
      • sherman

        when the population of the US is majority under 17 then believe me anything can happen. ask the elephants what happens when the kids are in charge...

        June 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • chris

        I am so sick of it is all America's fault, we are controlling your mind and your trigger finger. It is time for people at home and abroad to take responsibility for your actions, 90% HA! We wish we could control 90% of anything, we can't even get along with each other 50% of the time

        June 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
      • blargh

        What is never reported in CNN is that all these countries are massively overly populated with little in the way of natural resources to pull themselves out of a mess of their own making. Whether or not the US gets involved, no leader without significant resources can help these people. Syria is not Libya and is a country full of different sects and beliefs. Oil is dwindling in the country and thus the subsidies which assisted in the poor are going the way of the dodo.

        Just like Egypt, it doesn't matter who is in charge until the structural problem is solved.

        Expect many civil wars in the future – all due to overpopulation and very poor planning due to their leaders.

        June 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • sherman

      like the man said "its funny, but the truth just sounds different." – and it does. plus they have a base and they have every right to protect that base. since they believe that something is rotten... being there sure does make it easier to tell I bet you. and if its to prevent another Libya (but how could there ever be another Libya?) ((there isn't)) then its a laudable function and of course its a chess move. can't the unhappy be isolated in the group and spoken to and with in a large arena or something? like what is the issue. I am tired of issue less wars at the bequest of 17 year olds and those in charge sacrificing babies for public support. – the thinner the ice the further you war people go... amazing.

      June 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • Brad Williams

      Kevin, are you anti-American! Do you want the dictator to go on butchering 'his people' or do you want him to fly away very healthy,wealthy, and wiser. The majority of people in Syria want a real change in the way the country is being run. I live in your city.

      June 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
      • David1958

        He's just another stupid Canadian that doesnt have a clue.

        June 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
      • adrifter

        David1958... Just to let you know there is a Vancouver, Washington. I"m guessing the guy is from Canada, but you can't be sure. (Just another Canadian teaching a stupid American about his own country.)

        June 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • David1958

      'while Russia has remained relatively peaceful.' Really? Lol. The only reason they havent been more aggressive, is because they can't afford to. They bankrupted themselves during the cold war, trying to hold on to all the countries they occupied.

      June 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • dou44

      I also belive the Russians over the two-faced American war criminals who are employing their El Salvador-styled hit squads in Syria reminiscent of the 1980s. The US ground military is worn down and thinning, so the Americans use mercenaries and KLA terrorists against Syria hoping to pull another Libya.

      June 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
      • Saint

        Hahah our ground troops are thinning? As if the majority of us even want another war... but there is not much to stand in our way if we rallied our efforts to kick some international ass. And that assumes we're the ones going on the offensive. No army in the world looks forward to invading the US, because even if you get past our military (ha), you still have a couple million well armed civilians to fight through. Good luck dou44, you're going to need it.

        June 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • ram

      america will be sending apple pies to their military outpost in Australia.

      June 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • Johnny

      I'll tell you this much Chris, I don't trust anyone who does not know simple english composition.

      June 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • okkkk

      Kevin, then you will never know the truth. Kinda sad, isnt it?

      June 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
      • Brad Williams

        Do you trust the Russian government, do you trust the American government, do you trust the Syrian government tod o the right thing here. Every country is trying to protect their own best interest. Being on the outside looking in, I wouldnt trust any country led by a brutal one party state dictator with 200,000 butchers doing his dirty work for him. No civil law, no right to protest freely, and torture and killing commonplace. I have lost all respect for Assad, he had a chance and blew it big time. What a stupid, desperate, tyrannical loser he is!

        June 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC


      June 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
      • john1958

        well said

        June 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  37. Kemosabe

    Syrian President Bashad Assad is a Bathist. Google it. Syria is 74% Sunni Muslim,13%, Shia Muslim, 10% Christian (various Churches) and other faiths. On January 22 the Assad's father-in-law Fawaz Akhras allegedly forwarded a 'British wedding photograph' showing 24 newly wed Muslim couples, the women all wearing white burkas, their faces covered. "I just hope, for their sake, that each husband goes home with the right table cloth" the joke reads.
    Russia and China are capitalizing on a situation that has exited for hundres of years.

    June 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  38. Clandestine

    The Russians are sending a landing ship with Marines to set up a defensive perimeter. Just do a search on the ship and its mission will be obvious to you. This is a tempest in a tea pot and we would do the same to protect one of our bases.

    June 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC


      June 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  39. alfranken

    We should start making the Chinese bare the burden of policing these sort of problems. They have the ability to send hundreds of thousands of troops there on pennies to the dollar of what it costs us.

    June 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • liberal disease

      and how do you propose we get them to do that?

      June 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • Pepinium

      Sounds lets put our head in a hole and let the Chinese put a few hundred thousand troops within striking distance of 80% of the world's oil resources on account some people are so ignorant they are not able to recognize their own vital interests, :). You should have stuck around school, at least until middle-school graduation. Its hard to go through life doing your thinking with the wrong end of your body.

      June 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • ram

      They are not stupid,

      June 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC

      HA–HA..NICE ONE , AL..


      June 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  40. Duffman

    Romney said Obama isn't capable of cleaning up the mess the Republicans made. Of course invading Iraq upset the relative calm in the middle east and gave the people hope they could rise up against the machine. Now we just have a lot more dead arabs, which is bad for the Kebab business.

    June 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • liberal disease


      June 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
      • JOSE0311USMC



        June 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Daniel

      Relative calm? Saddam was a dictator that slaughtered his own people to maintain order with the three major religious groups in that country... You all need head checks to even think that democracy is possible in a civilization that promotes killing of innocent christians for their forty virgins. grow up guys.

      June 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  41. Badonkadonk!

    Islam: Pulling humanity down into ignorance and dragging the Western world into war for nearly 1400 years. Go Islam!

    June 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • Rick

      Oddly, much like Christianity

      June 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
      • Badonkadonk!

        Oh, I agree. Christianity has been at it for 2000 years and Judaism even longer than that.

        June 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • mansa

      at least, unlike christians, moslems never went around massacring people they had just met... ask the indians how many of their ancestors columbus killed at will - in the name of spreading 'catholicism'; ask the africans how many of them dies at the hands of the missionaries; ask the tasmanians how many of them died; and the list goes on.
      no one religion is clean when it comes to killing 'non-believers'.

      June 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  42. Kalashnikoff

    CNN just reported.....Russia sent newest 100 Megatones thermonuclear devices to Iran and Syria

    June 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • Tom G

      100 million different tones?

      June 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
      • guaraya

        Funny– good editting, Tom!

        June 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  43. Kalashnikoff

    Hillary Blincton Lied. As usually.
    That was not ship, that was helicopter.
    And it was filled with Vodka for Hillary ......

    June 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
    • kardiac

      Idiot statement

      June 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  44. Displaced Texan

    Not to turn this into a politicial conversation but didn't Ronmney say Russia was a serious threat, and the Obama admin all but made fun of him for the comment. Hmmm...

    June 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  45. Lies

    Hillary lied about what was happening in Syria. Do we expect this to not be a lie?

    June 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  46. Patriot

    It's over for Russia, the government of Syria will fall. Russia is the main supplier of weapons to Syria, so of course Russia want's to protect the government. The only reason Israel won't invade Syria is because of Russia come on.
    An A-K47 is worth more than a dead Arab.

    June 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  47. total non sense

    Russia just declared WAR on the world.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • purnellmeagrejr

      total non sense – you just violated the second rule of the internet -i.e. a poster name willl always reflect the exact oppposite otf what they post e.g. a persoan with the name RATIONALBOB wil post, President Obama is training an army of Muslim spider monkeyu to come down the chimneys of white people on CHristmas Eve for the purpose of confiscating their guns." THis willl invariably be seconded by someone callled "I think formyself." Inother words – Russsia by no stretch of the imagination is declaring War on the world.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  48. hubert39

    Good, let them carry the burden fighting a war or supporting a group in a no win war like the US has been in since around 1992. They couldn't defeat the Taliban, and neither can the USA. Of course back then we were backing the Taliban.
    I don't pay attention to our wars today. They are what we call money wars. The USA creates enemeies to fight
    so the Military Industial Complex can maked billions of dollars year after year after year.... Will it ever end???

    June 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  49. Mary

    Isaiah 17: 1 "Behold Damascus turns to a heap of ruins"

    Syria is predicted to be torn apart at the End Times, its Capital "Damascus" is not far from that if this civil war (which is already there) turns into an intensified multi coalition forces interfering.

    What's next? back to Egypt? JORDAN, lebanon


    June 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • purnellmeagrejr

      Lo! and the colossus willl choose the Dark One to lead them into the land of Milk and Money" 4:20 Book of Stuff that's going to Happpen

      June 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  50. Round

    Russia.....wouldn't put ANYTHING pasy them. Doesn't surprise me.can you say crooked!!!!!!

    June 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  51. Hand that scratched an itch

    Past time for this, Russia should have sent a division or two long before Iran did.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  52. James Roman

    Looks like more war propaganda from the US military industrial complex and its propaganda wing known as the mainstream media. The US started this by once again funding "rebels" who are doing its bidding to destabilize yet another mid east country. The US is dying to get in another war and CNN is doing a great job of selling the lies to the American public.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • James Jones

      Amen Brother, but the American people are too stupid to understand.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
      • liberal disease


        June 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Trevor

      So James how does it feel to be in the extreme minority on this planet?

      June 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
      • Jimmer

        Soooooo Trevor......were you around for the Iran Contra affair?

        June 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
      • James Roman

        Trevor, you need to do some reading. Iran Contra, Pinochet in Chile, Mossadegh in Iran, the creation of Al Qaeda by the US, US weapon sales to Iran in the 70s, US weapon sales to Iraq in the 80s, false flag operations in several wars, imperialism, double standards, and deception. The elits depend on the majority not knowing what is going on which is how they get away with things. That said, it is good to be in the minority because I know I cannot be manipulated in to supporting more imperial wars while the US economy crumbles.

        June 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  53. Asturiano

    No wonder they support the dictator al Asaad.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  54. Kyle

    Russia is not standing in the way or defending Syria, they just want the resolution to be beneficial to them as well. Having a military base in Tartus, their only base outside of Russia and their only access to the Mediterranean, what happens in Syria will greatly effect their presence in the Middle East. This is not a provocation, they are simply protecting their own interests. If we can at least get them to participate in the deliberations then we might just might be able to break some ground this side of military intervention.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  55. JiminNM

    Watch Season of Treason video and read the history of Illinois Attorney General on the Illinois Attorney General web site. It's a corporation, not a country and we are corporate slaves.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  56. Sam

    Let Russian control the area, petrol sources and the Mediterranean Sea. Let Iran dominate the Middle East and have nuclear bombs with the help of Syrian regime and Russia why not. Let the Syrian people die trying to stop that without help! Why should the West do anything about it? After all this is threatening the west and free world existence only!!!! No big deal!! why should we do anything about it? Who needs oil and that side of the world? Who cares? MOST OF YOU ARE PATHETIC.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
    • JiminNM

      Pack your guns and join the fight. Nothing stopping you if you believe the fight is worth fighting.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  57. dudley

    Piece of paper. Write on top "US gets involved in Syria." Draw a line down the middle. Left = benefits Right = risk.

    I see no way that the left side will have more entries than the right. At the end of the day it's a business decision. Let someone else do it this time. We're tired, out of money, and Syria has always been an enemy of the US.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • Andrew

      Tools like you shouldn't be describing human situations. You overlook humanity in favor of money. Fascist.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  58. Todd Ebert

    I'm perfectly content having the US sit this one out. After all, everybody hates America and our "World Police," interventionist ways. The same Syrians who probably jibber-jabbed and bad mouthed the US now want us to swoop in and protect them.

    June 16, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • Not Republican

      You are correct!! It's time we fix the many problems here before we go marching somewhere else!! We need to let those people deal with their own problems, not try to force ourselves on them, seriously

      June 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  59. Dave

    Well, I think that it's well time enough to finally take on the russians after they blinked and took down the wall all those years ago. We have since learned they are corrupt, inept and militarily not much better than we secretly thought they were. Their war would still be fought by throwing wave after wave of their citizens into war with sticks, rocks and guns with no bullets. I still think we should have kept going after world war 2. Think about it. We WASTED 50+ years of all our lives worrying about those fools...

    June 16, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • anticomm

      they have nothing to worry about, what they have just propaganda, baseless ambitions and rusty old weapon.

      June 16, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
      • Barney Fife

        Rusty old weapons like the Topol-M? Or the Su-34? Or maybe a Mig-35 or two?

        June 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
      • anticomm

        Barney Fife, why do't you use your real Russian name? we know what is going on with Russian military, it is not a secret. don't forget to send a tug boat to help your navy.

        June 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
      • ThatGuy

        Seems the propaganda in the U.S. works much better, judging by nonsense comments like yours.

        June 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • Not Republican

      Wow, what marvelous arrogance!! Probably the same thing that hitler thought, we all know how well that turned out for Gerrmany!!

      June 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • escher7

      Yes. They will leave behind their 6,500 main battle tanks, 14,000 anti-tank weapons, 6,400 APC's, 6000 IFC's, 10,000 artillery pieces, and 4,600 anti-airc raft weapons – plus their 1,027,000 troops.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • ThatGuy

      Typical, all-natural, American ignorance on display. Good job, Dave.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  60. anticomm

    Soviet Union collapsed because of Afghanistan, and Russia will collapse because of Syria.

    June 16, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
    • Bob

      And the US is on the brink of collapse courtesy of Afghanistan and Iraq. Note the symmetry of action and reaction. Russia has recovered somewhat – we are still going downward as we have lacked the will and self interest to extricate ourselves.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
      • anticomm

        you can not compare two economies, especially Russian one is on oil and gas revenue

        June 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • kj

      the soviet union collapsed because oil was $18 and they could not support their empire and the war at that price.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  61. anticom

    Russia is on suicidal mission, all Arabs already hate them because of Syria.

    June 16, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
  62. Dave

    We need to take out the Syrian government, and if Russia gets in the way, we need to destroy them also.

    June 16, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • thierry

      and then china could get involved and then we get involved and voila. WW3

      June 16, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • macbaldy

      "We" don't need to do anything aside from current measures. "We" should have learned to leave bad enough alone by now.

      June 16, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • Harbor Dog

      With Russia having the 2nd rated military/firepower in the world that wouldn't be an easy task.

      June 16, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
      • anticomm

        rated by whom? by Russians?

        June 16, 2012 at 11:50 am |
      • wbat

        Realy,, Russia would not be the PUSHOVER all you Military Genuises Think, their Defens spending is Huge now and remember they did invent the Kalishnakov. that said we do have our own Strengths, metal Works, Laser applications both Offense and Defense, Superior Air Power, etc etc but Hey....... Lets Party...

        June 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • Rich

      I think the US should involve itself in another meaningless war.

      Where's George Bush when you need him?

      June 16, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • escher7

      Total Army Personnel: 360,000

      Tanks: 6,500

      Anti-Tank (AT) Weapons: 14,000

      Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV): 6,000

      Armored Personnel Carriers (APC): 6,400

      Self-propelled Artillery (SPA): 3,500

      Self-propelled Guns (SPG): 6,000

      Self-Propelled Surface to Air Missiles (SAM): 2,500

      Towed Artillery: 7,550

      Mortars: 2,600

      Anti-Aircraft (AA) Weapons: 4,600

      June 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  63. DC Observer

    "Classified U.S. imagery shows "...... it appears that obama is leaking ckassified information again -- once again, Cowbot Obama is showing NO respect for the rule of law or for national security - he is quite literally out of control in his mad quest to get reelected

    June 16, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
    • John

      You are a moron. They play chess in a game that matters, and sometimes you leak what it is useful to have your opponent know that you know about them. The judicial sharing of 'knowing' is more concrete and is therefore maybe even more useful (it lessens risk) than influencing what you think they think you are thinking.

      Anyway, that we can watch a ship load from space is old news, pal- I can practically do that with Google Earth. So it is 'classified' only by existing protocol.

      June 16, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • Jonathan

      You're insane. This is just one picture of a series of "classified pictures." Classified pictures have been being released by presidents forever. Any picture taken by a spy satellite or recon teams/ship etc. are considered classified. It's not as if this is a threat to national security. In fact classified pictures are released almost weekly. Any picture seen of North Korea, Iran etc. are technically "classified"

      June 16, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
  64. David Miller

    US is what brought on the civil war. Go Russia go!

    June 16, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • sez

      Where are they going?

      June 16, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • Chuckie

      Mr. Miller – Why don't you go and live in Russia or Syria or someplace other than the US. You're not welcome here!

      June 16, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
  65. mike

    Russia taking control of a warm water port and the oil coming out of it.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
  66. mikrik13

    Not one reason why Russia should not be allowed to reinforce their base in Syria given the current unrest. The US reinforces it's foreign bases without concern of any other country. The cold war is long over. No need to start it up again. Let the Arab League deal with the situation.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:24 am | Reply
    • Robert

      Those are not normal Russian Troops but Spetsnaz GRU soldiers... If they are going to Syria you can bet for sure nothing good is coming from this...

      June 16, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
      • Rick

        Are these Russian Rambos going to take out all the Syrian opposition for Assad?

        June 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
      • escher7

        Unlike other special forces units, Spetsnaz GRU is known for blending in with regular army units by wearing standard paratrooper uniforms to help disguise their movements and prevent identification even from within the ranks of the Russian military.

        June 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  67. RetiredNavyGuy

    Well, I guess this explains why Russia didn't want anyone else involved. Wish the Russian citizens would revolt against Putin and his cronies and smack them down. THis is not going to end well for Russian soldiers sent there.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • James

      It is really, really hard to invade a country with 300 men. Complaining about a 300-man transportation is just stupid. Let them reinforce their base, why do we care?

      June 16, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
      • Lee

        Nicely stated

        June 16, 2012 at 11:10 am |
      • Manuel J.

        Vietnam started in similar fashion; about 500 advisers. Later, the number given was 1,500.

        June 16, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  68. Kerry

    This is not unexpected. If one of the U.S allies were in trouble they would come to their aid as well. The Syrian people seem to be intent on thinning out their population. The Russians apparently intend to help them.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
    • Lee

      It is not our broke nations problem.

      June 16, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
      • BC

        We are the richest country in the world.

        June 16, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  69. Joe

    Is Danny the CNN Syrian on this ship. We need him back with the videos ASAP.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply
  70. Shane

    We are one Race. One people, we need to come together. Do not let misinformation weaken us.

    June 16, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply
    • treasure123

      We need to support people who want freedom from dictatorships and who show the will to get it.

      June 16, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
      • Lee

        With who's money?

        June 16, 2012 at 10:22 am |
      • Bianca

        Really? By starting the trouble with masked, armed thugs - and then watch as the law enforcement, then military tries without success to root them out? Now, we are "humanitarians' trying to "solve" the problem we created in the first place. And somebody asked Syrian population? I guess, armed masked gunman are the "liberators", and the opinion of all people of Syria has been declared invalid. By us and our allies.

        June 16, 2012 at 11:13 am |
      • Slowson

        We need to mind our own business.

        June 16, 2012 at 11:53 am |
      • will

        Oh really? enlist in the Army then or have you children to enlist.

        June 17, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • Justin

      I strongly agree, and am reluctant to say this is our Governments fault.

      June 16, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • mike

      You are exactly right,BUT it is not the world we live in.The core issue at the end of the day is OIL and who is going to gain control of it.With all the turmoil emerging and re-emerging in these oil rich states,they are all under the watchful eye of the 3 biggest consumers on earth. Whoever gains control or attempts so,is going to do it with their military.Russia is doing just that as the rest of the world is seeing today.They are going there to sure up the port and protect the flow of oil out of it.It is also a sign that the Syrian military has their hands full with the opposition

      June 16, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  71. CLAW

    ITs what they are not saying. The Rusian ship is not half the story. The US and allies are preparing to secure a no fly zone for a starter. Similiar to Libya. You should realize that the media is biased and trying to protect Obama in a election year. Stories of another war, troop deployments, etc could cost votes. Another source is DEBKA file. America media too biased, don't want Obama to be percieved as another "Bush", whom they been bashing for "war mongering" and costing billions for wars. Reality is that intervention in Syria may trigger WW3. Russia, China is not going to let Syria go like Libya. Russia has base in Syria, large investmets. Most people lack a perception that a major war could be triggered at any moment within the middle east than can go global.

    June 16, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • Dillard

      Your speech patterns greatly resemble that of a person for whom Russian is a first language. You wouldn't happen to have any bias, yourself, would you?

      That aside, the story has and always will be the tragedies happening on a daily basis in Syria. That we, the "civilized world" can sit back and watch this happen is utterly deplorable.

      June 16, 2012 at 10:04 am | Reply
    • Joseph

      The Russians are pure cowards.They manipulate others to do their bidding.They know they themselves couldn't whip a boy scout troop.

      June 16, 2012 at 10:13 am | Reply
      • escher7

        Of Course. The Russian military (1,027,000 personnel, 20,000,000 reserves) is nothing.

        June 16, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  72. dreamer96

    The Russian's have a sub base in Syria...and the Russian's have a right to defend themselves and that base...So what happens if a Russian soldier is wounded or worse killed...Will anyone know for sure if the rebels, or the Syrian Government did it....It would be a benefit to the Syrian Government to bring in the Russian military on their side...

    The US and Russia can work together to stop the fighting in Syria, the future of their sub base is a powerful pker chip to be played..Some in the US would like it gone, but that is Russia's only sub base in the region, and we have ones in the region, if we did not object to the Russian base remaining, would Russia help to protect the Syrian people, and move against Al-Assad?....

    We need to protect the Russian troops too in Syria..as strange as that may sound...because if the Russian troops are attacked...then what?..We need to keep a close eye from above on the Russian troops..If anything does happen,..we might have to help the Russian's to catch the ones responsible quickly,...so the violence does not start another world war..World War One was started by killing one man..and then all the defense treaties in Europe soon divided the European nations into two sides..and millions died...and little was gained in the end, and the seed for WWII was planted...

    June 16, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
  73. Lee

    Mitch, my doulewide burned down. Now I live on your dime on food stamps and free housing and smart phone. Thnk you!

    June 16, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
  74. GonzoinHouston

    When I see an article like this I tend to cross-reference it to other news sites for more info, or to see if they even consider it newsworthy. I checked the AP feed on Yahoo, BBC, and even Fox, and found nothing. Either this is some kind of scoop or a manufactured event. Make your own call.

    June 16, 2012 at 9:07 am | Reply
    • Lee

      sounds like cnn communist news network at work again.

      June 16, 2012 at 9:18 am | Reply
      • Mitch

        Hahaha yeah you are so right, CNN is communist after all FOX NEWS is the way to go.. FOX NEWS is world class journalism and I mean Fareed Zakaria and Sanjay Gupta are uneducated people while Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly are top world class journalists and very smart people. After all who put the moon there right?? Now we all hold hands and dance happy around the trailer park

        June 16, 2012 at 9:21 am |
      • bignevermo

        you are kidding right Mitch... even Beck and Rush say they are entertainers and not "news" men, sheesh...and at least Stewart and Colbert are on the Comedy channel and not a Faux news station!

        June 16, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • Kalashnikoff

      You are right. It is deliberate LIE.
      Russian general staff command just confirmed this ship is moving at Mediterranean sea but not FROM Sevastopol – opposite, TO Sevastopol. from Italian port. All other ships are at Sevastopol. neither one absent.

      Source in russian


      June 16, 2012 at 9:18 am | Reply
    • Jonathan

      How could this be a manufactured event? There are pictures of the ship leaving port and at sea. There are millions of people in the port city who saw it leave. The are millions of people who will see if when it passes through the straits at Instanbul. The Russian government isn't denying the ship is on route to Syria. What would be the point in making this up anyways only to downplay it as a few troops, weapons and ammunition to supply their military base??? You're delusional. I'm totally for questions everything you see and hear but come on now.

      June 16, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
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