Now that the leaders are all in jail, most likely having been ratted out by someone they thought was on their side, we can look at what succeeded and what failed in their mission.
Now that the leaders are all in jail, most likely having been ratted out by someone they thought was on their side, we can look at what succeeded and what failed in their mission.
In a word: stalemate.
All those who will be convinced by Bundy and his merry little band have been convinced, and all those dead-set against Bundy, his work and his merry little band will never be convinced.
What happens in conflict situations when a true stalemate develops? Let's look at a few conflicts from a historical viewpoint:
WW1: The static warfare of no movement resulted in HUGE casualties, as both sides registered their artillery accurately and emplaced their machine guns carefully to have overlapping fields of fire. The trench systems that resulted killed almost as many troops as the bullets, as the living conditions in them were atrocious. Note that when the USA came into the war, and the allies developed the first tanks, as crude as the tanks were and as green as the American troops were, mobility finally developed, Germany was soon moving backwards, and the war was over within a few months.
WW2: The start of the war. The "sitzkrieg" (translation: "sitting war") developed, as Hitler's army was not prepared to take objectives on two fronts simultaneously. After finishing up in the East by crushing Poland, Hitler was able to bring his forces to bear against Belgium and France, and the Sitzkrieg was soon over and the entire Continent was soon in German hands.
Korea: The stalemate of THAT war of movement only developed when the strong forces of China and the US were limited in their warfare by political concerns. The Democratic Administration of Harry Truman did not want to widen the war with the objective of defeating China, because he feared that the USSR would intervene, with perhaps the use of nuclear weapons. China was limited politically by Russia, who supplied their military hardware and the technicians to run it.
Vietnam: Stalemate developed early, despite the US' development and quick perfection of airmobile envelopment. We owned the day skies, they owned the night ground. That, combined with a Democratic Administration's reluctance to actually win the war, resulted in first, stalemate, then defeat for the USA.
War on Terror: May not even BE winnable, but if it is, we have made no proper moves to win. If you include Desert Storm, yes, we won the battlefield in that limited-objective operation, but no, we failed to consider the role of defeating Saddam himself, so all that brilliant battlefield work went for naught. In today's fighting, 25 years later, we have ZERO desire or strategy to win at all, and lacking such, should not be at war.
Back to Harney County, Oregon.
With stalemate the condition of the conflict, little can be done, and there are signs that the resolve of the militia is weakening. Today's paper mentions that the militia might abandon the Malheur Refuge and move over to Grant County, which puts them 150 miles closer to Portland, which will make the liberals West of the Cascades VERY nervous. Grant County is barely East of the Cascades, and parts of it are less than a two-hour drive from Portland. Imagine the Janet Reno wannabe, Temporary Governor "Korrupt" Kate Brown may get nervous enough to actually employ force against the militia, and if she does, they have won the day, whether they survive, are jailed, or die in battle. Korrupt Krackpot Kate already tried to steamroll the FBI into attacking the militia out in Harney County, but they wisely refused her screamy demands.
Stalemate ALWAYS favors the side with the best logistics, and that is NOT the militia. They have had supply problems since Day One. The FBI knows this. KKKate ought to know this, but she is handicapped in the same way Gauleiter Janet Reno was: they both are gender-confused people.
The events unfolding in San Bernardino show us a different threat. Not an unknown threat, just a different one.
We have been used to seeing various formats of homicidal/suicidal Jihad here: 9-11, the various Jihadi gun attacks since then, etc. All these attacks had one common characteristic: the Muslims involved were all determined to kill members of the Western Civilization, but pretty much stuck to methods which left their shock troops dead with the event. One-way attacks. Don't "pass go", Get your 72 raisins immediately.
With San Berdoo, we have just seen an attack in which the Jihadis had trained and prepared to strike with force and effect, but moved on quickly to, presumably, strike again later. Far from the normal homicide/suicide attack, this is more like revolutionary attack. This resembles what we used to refer to as a "partisan" attack. Similar to the tactics of the French or Yugoslavian partisans who attacked the Nazis during WW2. What we just saw could have been very successful for the Jihadis, and the only reason it wasn't, was better training and discipline/communication on the part of the police authorities.
My purpose here is not to figure out how to defeat this different flavor of Jihad, but to prepare the average citizen to survive it. Methods of defeat for the Muslim Jihad will have to wait for a National Command Authority determined to defeat Islamic Jihad itself, and we don't have such leadership now, we have the opposite. We have political and command leadership determined to NOT face down islamic Jihad instead of the other way around. The effect for John Q. Citizen is that he will probably have to face the shock troops of Jihad alone, possibly with the help of local police.
A personal note: I am trained in various aspects of public safety, and as events unfolded and were reported yesterday in San Berdnardino, I evaluated the events as if they were the result of criminal gang activity, since, to me, the events more resembled the activity of, say, Mexican drug cartels or the criminal gang MS-13 (both very active in San Bernardino), and both are orgs not unwilling to create mass murder to get their point across. I was wrong in that analysis, mostly because I applied the usual standard of homicide/suicide Jihad, then rejected it, and this event did not fit that model.
So, how to prepare?
Again, we are at war. The war has been brought to these shores by Islam, and it's not going to get "wished away", even though this seems to be the primary "combat strategy" of the current political Administration. YOU are responsible for your OWN safety, so make safety happen for you, NOW!
A final word. Religion. Your personal religious creed should give you the mental strength to survive the mental rigors of mortal combat. It is NOT required for that purpose, but if you hold to a creed, it will pay you to increase your attention to it in these anxious times. Your creed is your business under our Constitution. Your survival is a natural AND Constitutional Right under our system. You MUST consider anyone who attacks you for your creed or attacks your Right to survival as your enemy. Islam is attacking/denying both.
...might as well have one more holiday before the S.H.T.F. in the Middle East.
Russia WILL make some sort of military response. My guess is that it will come in some location where the Turks are not expecting it. My best guess: a radar station on Turkey's northern border with Russia will "cease to function"...
In addition, Russia's air attack forces will be put on a full Air Battle Management Plan, which is a multi-mission battle integration system involving ground and air-launched missiles, and anti-missile missiles. It probably raises the cost of battle in Syria for the Russians by a factor of five, but I believe they will do it.
No one is talking about Turkish Air Battle Management, but considering what we know, there was only 19 seconds involved in the attack on the Russian SU-24. In terms of air battle management, that is too short a time to allow for intervening command and control, so the Turkish decision to attack the Russ aircraft must have been made well before the Russ aircraft entered Turkish airspace (if it did, there is some question about that). This can only mean that the Turks pre-planned the attack on the aircraft, verifying Mr. Putin's statement.
If I am Vladimir Putin, I call up the NATO command in Brussels, and make a FIRM request (demand, really) for a meeting with the NATO command structure, and at that meeting, I demand that NATO order it's member, Turkey, to not only desist from firing on Russ aircraft, but REQUIRE Turkey to disable it's border Air Battle Management system and offer proof that it has done so. Were I Putin, I would claim this right as a Head of State reporting a violation of NATO engagement rules. NATO has engagement rules that make members take defensive actions only at their borders, and since this was an obvious planned targeting of the Russian aircraft, I believe Russia has made it's case that Turkey violated the rules and should be sanctioned for the violation.
Reality: The reality here is that there is a HUGE division between the Turkish military and the civil Ergodan government. Ergodan wants to move Turkey more in the direction of Islamism, but the Generals resist that. It is likely that this military action was taken with zero level of civilian control over the military, which just happens to be another NATO membership requirement. The remaining question seems to be whether Ergodan can control his military. If he can't, there is LOTS of precedent for military overthrow of civil government in Turkey.
Oh, and it's worth remembering that we have an entire air base in Turkey...lots of hostages are possible if Obama wanted to make an intervention. I doubt if you will hear a peep out of Obama, even if Russian cruise missiles fly towards Ankara...
Note: that title can NOT mean "Islamic Terrorism and how to END it", because until and unless the entire Qu'ran is re-written to exclude it's main inclusionary theme of "convert or die", defeating Islamic Terrorism is not possible if ONE true believer is left alive with freedom to move around. The best we non-islamics can do is corner the Islamist killers in far-away places, applying continual and heavy enough force to keep them cornered.
The Paris attacks of 11-13-2015 are significant, because many citizens in many free nations will now realize the serious difficulty of keeping their citizens safe.
This question must be answered: What does it take to convince the leaders, parliaments, congresses and judiciaries of these free nations to put their War Faces on and effectively fight Islamism in toto?
Your blogger has had plenty of military leadership training, including (enlisted) Basic Leadership School, advanced leadership courses such as Train the Trainer, etc; (Commissioned officer) Officer Training School, Squadron Officer School (didn't finish it, skipped to Air Command & Staff College instead, per regulation). All these schools prepared me the same way, to manage conflict and lead people in conflict with a goal of winning the conflict. I received many more months of training in conflict management as a Deputy Sheriff; about 9 months' worth of formal training including 9 graduate hours of Abnormal Psych courses.
So much for me. I can lead, but I'm a bit too old to take the field, except in a gross emergency, but perhaps not all my readers have my handicaps, so here's what THIS Major thinks will work and what won't work, in short-format:
What needs re-working? Here, we might do better by simply taking the brightest 10% of Second Lieutenants with fresh "butter-bars" and give them the job of re-working our military mission against Radical Islam. They WILL do a better job than all the PeeCee Generals we have running the show right now.
This advice Ain't No Big Thing, as the troops used to say in MY war, Vietnam. No big thing, very elemental, but until we begin to respect the knowledge and leadership which starts with Corporals and Second Lieutenants, we will continue to LOSE this war. Losing is not an option if we are to remain Free Nations. The price of losing is that we will LOSE OUR FREEDOM.
*Condition Winchester. USAF fighter-pilot slang for "out of ammo".
..Higher Ed circles the drain...
The recent college/university disturbances, rapidly spreading to a college/university near you, give us insight into what will surely become both a major problem and a major relief for business and industry.
To see this conundrum better, we have to first analyze what colleges and universities are SUPPOSED to accomplish with the students who pay so dearly to attend and matriculate.
Pew Research, the polling outfit, worked this issue. They came up with this. A slight plurality (8%) believes that college should prepare the student to work better. The smaller part thinks colleges should prepare the student's mind and widen their worlviews. Excuse me, Pew, but why can't Higher Ed do BOTH of these things? They did both in my college days, fifty years ago. Student choices in curricula then were aimed at requiring some mind-training along with all those technical subjects which were the nuts and bolts of the Batchelor's Degree. Is Pew now saying these two purposes are mutually exclusive? It would seem so, and this puts an ominous spin on University leadership, doesn't it?
In major companies, there are usually one or more people who are there just to analyze the future of the markets which the company sells goods/services into. I am on these wizards' wavelength, because I have always been somewhat of an "idea guy". In fact, being an idea guy in a strictly-structured organization can be hazardous to one's career, which, in my longest career, that of Deputy Sheriff, is why I retired at the basic rank. "Reverse Charlie the Tuna" syndrome, I used to call it. The Sheriffs DID NOT want tuna that tasted good, DID want tunas with good taste.
Successful business and industry feeds on success, which is invariably fueled by critical thinking. Can any reader tell me how a successful bank, for example, can use a college grad whose best training was in "maintaining personal space" and "rejection of micro-aggressions"? The short answer is that the bank can't use that graduate, no matter what credits they might have in the Money and Banking field. Oh, such a graduate might get hired on the strengths of their transcript and polished resume, but after spouting off in a few meetings about "personal space violations" and how their co-workers/managers are projecting "micro-aggressions" at them, they are going to be shown the door, and quickly.
No, at management entry levels, business and industry needs critical thinkers who can adapt their thinking to existing practice, not space-case thinkers who have to project their mental vacuums into business practice and thereby fark up the works.
Continuing: what, then, is business and industry supposed to do? Where are they to get their new entry-level management staff if they can't trust the sheep-skin factories (Colleges/Universities) to send them USEFUL candidates? Well, they will promote more heavily from within, for one thing. Observing a candidate for eight years or so is far more of a predictive system for future performance than any sheepskin can ever be in today's Higher Ed climate. Also, these companies will hire proven talent from offshore and the military. Sounds like a win-win to me.
What will happen to Higher Ed as it's product loses relevance in the marketplace?
Higher Ed will change or it will die. As of now, only agitprop orgs can use these kids with sheep-skins and socialist-befouled thinking (aka, the Obama-types). Also socialist Government, but maybe not even Government, because it has to have SOME level of mamangement success, or it collapses (see Venezuala).
We are on the brink, my friends, and not from "peak oil" or even "Massive Debt". We are on the brink because our spoon-fed society has lost the collective ability to think it's way out of ugly predicaments, and those predicaments come at us faster and harder these days, don't they?
If you are looking for "Safe Space", college kiddies, you will have to roll up your sleeves (and pull up your pants), put on some work gloves, grab that #2 Dirt Shovel, and start digging. Just like your grandparents dug, and like your parents dug, albeit more reluctantly. All that digging will give you some upper body strength, too, the better to shoulder a rifle with to defend that defensive earthwork you just dug with your own hands.
I haven't been there for the "now" riot, but I WAS there for a "then" riot...
It was September, 1961. I was an incoming Freshman at Mizzou. No scholarship, my Dad wrote the checks. I lived in the dorm, as was the requirement in those days for freshmen. Right after WW2, Mizzou had expanded and built a huge quadrangle for men's living (sexes were segregated then). Three huge, block-long dorms with a dining hall/student union at the open end. Quadrangle in the middle, big enough for regulation football, and there were fierce touch football games there, but I digress...
The Frosh were about half-way through the Freshman Orientation session, which lasted two weeks. I had been assigned to a ground-floor room (built for two, but there were three in it), with a pre-engineering guy from LA (who was a dickhead, but he soon pledged a frat and was gone) and my bestie roomie, a guy in the Tiger Marching Band with a music scholarship (wish I could remember his name now, we had great times together). The Marching Band reported early with the frosh so as to practice their music and intricate field movements and be ready for the first home football game. He played Baritone Horn, a sort of mini-tuba that only Sousa could respect and write music for. He was good on the horn, a concert-quality musician. It seemed that there were a lot of quality brass hornists housed in that Quadrangle, and on such a hot evening after supper, sometimes an impromptu jam session would result. I was going to hike down by Hinkson Creek, to check the area for wimmen*, but decided to stay and listen to the music.
There was a pre-set signal among the band guys (and a few gals, but this was a male-only area) to assemble for a jam session, and my window-sitting roomie sounded that signal. He let loose a stirring rendition of "Dixie". Almost immediately, about 6 more horns chimed in with the music, then a base drum and some snares could be heard. Roomie bailed out of the window with his horn, and the dorms soon disgorged about 20 different band members and ten times that many freshmen who didn't play, including your blogger. There weere enough drums for a modest drumline, and the horn section, and even a junior Drum Major showed up to lead the ensemble.
The Band played on for about 20 minutes, and the crowd swelled, with probably all 2,000 men dorm-residents in the quadrangle. There was a lull in the music, and someone with a good "parade-ground" voice yelled out the name of a women's dorm about 3 blocks away. The crowd surged out of the quad, and onto the street leading downhill to the women's dorms. I was in that crowd. The drums played a marching cadence, and when we arrived in front of the gal's dorm, I noted that it seemed to be locked down tight, with a visible inside bar across the front doors, and all the lobby curtains drawn. Some of the gals were hanging out of their streetside upstairs windows, though, and that was enough to keep our testosterone foaming right along. A horn played "charge", and the guys closest to the dorm surged right up to the walls. The gals upstairs encouraged that, with occasional items of female underwear sailing down to the men below and many kisses being blown down. I was not in that vanguard, I was actually in the back of the crowd when I saw the first University Police car. The two cops in the car made no attempt to contact the crowd, but instead, disappeared into the basketball arena, right across the street. In a few minutes, I saw why, and my blood ran cold. The cops were on the roof, each cop using a 35mm camera with a long lens, and they were snapping pictures as fast as they could advance the film, and they were fast reloading the cameras, too. Next thing, the dorm's front curtains parted, a Speed Graflex* was pressed up to a widow, and it's flash started a regular rythm.
I rembered something. We frosh had been instructed about gatherings like this, and we had been told that if the University recognized a face from their photos, that student was immediately expelled. Free assembly was NOT the rule then. Not suspended or fined, expelled. There was a laundromat right behind me, and I faded into it. When the opportunity presented itself, I bailed out of the laundromat and took a back way back to the dorm, where I went into the student lounge under the dining hall and read magazines for two hours until the late news came on the TV, and sure enough, there was the Big Cheese Dean of Students hisself, reporting to Columbia, MO and environs how he had already started the process of identifying the "leaders of the riot".
No-sir, I was only 17 then, but I had already learned a valuable lesson: Recon first before acting. I like to think that lesson has kept me alive in several ugly times during my life so far.
Today's Mizzou students seem not to have learned this 54-year-old lesson, and with facial-regognition software in the hands of everyone who can pay for it, the list of the commie campus bullies' names will remain long after their politics have mellowed. They are fools.
* Speed Graflex: a Large or Medium format camera, similar to the "Press Cameras" of the 19-teens through the 1950s. The cops used them as evidence cameras because the negative supported poster-sized enlargement prints. I trained on this camera in my first Police Academy in 1973. They hung around almost to the digital-camera days in police service.
...back to the School Board, that is...
The Gresham/Barlow School District, which sent a student home for wearing a t-shirt with the Battlefield Cross on it, is meeting tonight. Yours truly will put on a coat and tie, my Oregon Honorable Service Medal, and sortie out to remind said School Board what Citizenship means. Here are my remarks for tonight.
Good evening, Chair Piluso and members of the School Board. I am George Schneider,
age 72, a resident of City of Gresham. I am a Veteran, having retired from the Air
National Guard with 22 years of service, in the rank of Major, and having flown in air
combat during the Vietnam War. I am also a retired Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff,
and I served this community for 25 years. I have raised 4 children with the assistance of
this school system. All of them sit on the positive side of their communities' ledgers of
citizenship. I am going to say a few words about such Citizenship.
Today's children, tomorrows citizens and leaders, can only sit on the positive side of
THEIR communities' ledgers if their parents and their schools do their best to inculcate
them with the best qualities of citizens. The recent case of the wrong-headed
administrative action taken against the Moore child tramples one of these best qualities,
and it supported no others. With almost a month to reflect on this disaster and huge adverse press, I am sure that the Board realizes this, but yet, I have seen no evidence
presented of policy reform that would insure that this sort of error is not repeated. If the Board is considering permanent policy changes to modify the insane “zero-tolerance of
violent images” policy, you need to put them out in front of the public. I sense that the
Board lacks proper input to formulate such policy, so I offer to head up or serve on a
committee of citizens to offer a replacement policy. I have no secrets: my suggestions
would be largely a return to the status quo ante on clothing images, which served well
before this Board got swept up in the “zero-tolerance” mania, really nothing more than a
herd-behavior stampede, with the First Amendment being the first trampling casualty.
The present policy, if applied fairly, would change most textbooks, require school resource
officers to dress the same as teachers and prohibit field trips to places such as the State
Capitol, where statuary of armed citizens and soldiers are presented. Everyone in this
room can see how absurd this zero-tolerance policy really is, and yet there is no proposal
to change it. We, the citizens, are waiting for that change, and I suggest that we will wait
no longer than another year. This issue WILL affect the voting on next year's ballot. That
is a promise.
Thank you for your attention.
If you are local to the Portland area, and you have nothing other than citizenship as your duty for tonight, the meeting starts at 7 pm (1900 for Veterans). I will be the "Q-Tip" in the tweed jacket...
School Board AAR: The Superintendent of the School District opened the meeting with a rambly, wonkish speech trying to support the "zero tolerance for violent images" policy. I took notes. An hour and a half later, when it was my turn to speak, I set aside my prepared remarks and hammered the Supt:
1. Supt. Schlacter made no less than 3 attempts to link the horror of school shootings to this issue of the Battlefield Cross. I called him out on it. Illogical propaganda. Boogeyman trick.
2. I requested that the Supt. confer with his attorneys on the subject of "in loco parentis", the legal construct which gives the school the authority of parents. I reminded him that in a case of rules violations, no "deal" can be made with a student, because the student lacks AGENCY to act for the parents.
3. I suggested that Zero Tolerance flies in the face of the school's renewed mission to instill critical thinking skills in students, the better to facilitate STEM education.
4. I suggested that while the school must have authority over students, it should not discard the idea of freedom of speech entirely, see Item #3.
5. I noted that the burden of proof is on the School District to demonstrate that images of the Battlefield Cross are an actual THREAT, and that burden may not be shifted to the student to prove they are NOT a threat.
The superintendent got no applause. I did.
Threat Horizon: Nexus of evil now arriving. The massive in-migration of muslim "refugees", guaranteed to have a significant percentage of Jihadis among them (my estimate is 10-20%) AND the simultaneous crippling of assertive, crime-preventative policing by marxist groups such as "Black Lives Matter" and the "New Black Panthers" is putting US cities in grave danger. This cannot be reversed for at least 15 months, if then.
Militia is the answer. Our forefathers foresaw this need, and wisely included the Second Amendment among our enumerated Freedoms. The Second Amendment, of course, builds upon the Natural Right of self-defense. Self defense itself must be organized in the face of organized threats such as the Muslim invasion, or Hijrah.
Such organized self-defense is known as Militia in this nation, and we have plenty of precedent for it. How do we prepare for the use of Militia?
The very thought of the subject of Militia strikes terror into the hearts of the Federal Government, and they have used and will use every bit of power at their disposal to prevent the development of Militia. What will they do?
Intimidation: Say you want to have a "pre-Muster", that is, get a militia unit going. That calls for communications of outreach, at which time which the Federal Government is immediately alerted to your intent, and they will assume that this militia will attempt a violent overthrow of the Government, and they will react accordingly. Their first reaction will be intimidation. They will send FBI or DHS agents to meet the organizers, to bluster and attempt to intimidate the organizers out of forming any prospective Militia unit.
Militia organizers must be prepared for such repressive tactics. First, organizers must know their Constitutional rights to organize any group, and must insure that good order and discipline is in effect to prevent any legitimate public fear of a Militia. No one can prevent ignorant fear, but fact-based fear must be prevented. No one can be permitted to speak for the Militia unit in terms of political objectives, only in terms of protection of lives and property from all threats. It would not be good to advertise a Militia unit as a "Christian" militia, or an "anti-Muslim" militia, even if those objectives are part of the fabric of organization due to the current threat horizon. The purpose of any Militia is always protection of life and property, period. Proper protectrion strategies are likely to place the Militia unit in conflict with criminal and/or religious-based attacks, and that must be realized and prepared for. Secondarily, the Militia unit should be prepared to assist the civil police, unless it is the case that the civil police have been co-opted by authorities with the objective of defeating the concept and fact of Militia. In no case should the Militia be governed by local police authorities, or it ceases to be Militia and becomes just another police auxiliary unit.
Logistical opposition: Let us postulate that the organization of a Militia unit went well, and the unit has progressed via training to field-capable status. It is still not properly prepared if it is not able to be self-sufficient. You may bet your last dollar on the fact that the Federal government will attempt to impose materiel restrictions on the populace to hamper Militia operations. These restrictions will be on fuel supply, ammunition and weapons availability, and by means of curfews which will always be enforced against Militia, never against favored classes (the opposition). Curfews can be constructed so that even power cut-offs to militia-controlled areas of a city are used against Militia units. Food will be in short supply anyway, as the Federal government will use such a shortage to attempt to control the population.
The success or failure of a Militia unit to achieve it's goal of protection of life and property over the long term will be dependent on the support of the population that is being protected.
In future articles, we will discuss how the average family can help it's local Militia operate, by volunteering not only members of that Militia unit, but real goods to keep the Militia going.
What is it good for?
(Lyric by Edwin Starr, covered by Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen, Chris Christie's favorite musician.)
Curious, because I just heard Chris Christie the candidate for POTUS claim during a Fox News interview that our current situation in the Syria mess wouldn't have happened with His Tubbiness at the helm, because he would have set up a "no-fly zone". It sounded like Tubby the One-Note Tuba thinks we could use that "solution" now.
Look, I'm no General Patton, but I did have years of military leadership training, and I seem to remember that the thing about employing forces in battle is that the nation employing them MUST consider just how those forces could be supported BEFORE committing them to battle.
The current Air Order of Battle over Syria would involve Russian, Chinese, (maybe Israeli*) frontline fighters, all versus our forces. We have just pulled our last Carrier Task Force out of the Persian Gulf, so whatever forces we could employ on short battlefield notice have to come from Turkish bases, where we have a few aging F-16 fighters on a VERY tenuous basing agreement with NO permission to use them to fight Russians over Syria. Realisticly, if push comes to shove, we would need several re-inforced Wings of fighters and three Carrier Air Groups available to fight the current forces arrayed against the US interests. That's not going to happen, so when the first US fighter fires the first missile at a Russian/Chinese/Israeli fighter, within an hour there won't be a single US aircraft left in the region.
The Russians have maybe only a squadron or two of fighter-bombers in Syria, and the Chinese maybe just a few aircraft, but the Russ are BASED there, on the coast, and have small carriers available for naval attack variants. We are (tenuously) based in Turkey, and the unstable Ergodan government could order us out at any point with little notice. We have already sent all our US forces' dependent families home, so we KNOW our basing agreement in Turkey is tenuous.
Sorry, Governor, if you are going to sound Presidential, blow that One Note** on your tuba, this speech did little to advance your cause.
* Two days ago, the Russians sent a member of their General Staff to Israel to discuss the Russian's request to have the Israeli Defense Force involved in the current military situation vs. ISIS. The Russians announced that they wanted to use IDF intelligence, which they value highly as to it's quality, and would not object to Israeli aircraft flying reconnaissance missions over Syria, either. The two militaries discussed how to keep in constant communication, possibly even to the point of establishing credentials on each others' digital battle networks. Israel, in turn, asked for, and presumably will get, Russian help to stop Syrian groups from shipping war materials to Hezbollah. That means that The Russians will mount air attacks when the IDF spots convoys of such materials moving overland towards Lebanon, or permit the IDF to do so.
** Christie's One Note: "but-but-but, I killed the UNIONS in New Jersey" (he didn't, but he still claims he did).