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Obama Humiliated as Putin Resets Mideast 

Russia launched its first airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday. They were almost all in western Syria. They did not fall on the Islamic State or the other terrorist groups raping and pillaging the Syrian countryside, creating the largest international refugee crisis in decades.

Rather, the Russian airstrikes fell on the moderate rebel groups that the U.S. has been notionally supporting against the country’s tyrant Bashar al-Assad.

President Obama seems surprised by this, but his surprise is inexcusably disingenuous or obtuse.

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Assad is and has long been an ally of Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin. Russia entered the Syrian civil war as any rational person would have expected, on the side of his ally and of the Iranian paramilitaries that support him.

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Does anyone in the administration dare to say they were shocked — shocked — that Putin is indifferent to both the horror and the strategic threat posed by the Islamic State. Why, yes the Obama administration does dare to claim surprise. When Russian bombs began to fall on their predictable targets, American officials reacted by claiming they were “taken aback,” as if they were genuinely wounded and upset.

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On Monday, Obama had addressed the United Nations with the ridiculous idea that Washington and Moscow might would work together in Syria. “The United States is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict,” Obama said.

But countries with opposite goals in the same region cannot really work together. A cunning one can suggest it and a foolish one can believe it. One would expect a U.S. president to understand this and take action accordingly, not just to count on his own naive gestures of international friendship to make the world safer….(read more)

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2 Comments on “Obama Humiliated as Putin Resets Mideast ”

  1. a gray says:

    It seems to me that no one in the present administration ever took a geography class or even looked at a map. Through its involvement in Syria, Russia now has Turkey in its grip and, if we believe close relations exist between Russia and Iran, Iraq. At the same time, though, its risks a resurgence of radical Islamicists from its former “Stans”. Perhaps it believes that its relationship with Iran eliminates that threat. From my perspective, we need to stop worrying about gay rights, same-sex marriage, and all the other diversions and start worrying about our national survival.


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