President Obama’s policy for keeping America safe from radical Islamic terrorism has up to now consisted of suggesting we start a ‘jobs for jihadis’ program, align ourselves with Turkey (which actively kills Kurds — our only true allies in region actively fighting against ISIS), spending $500 million dollars to train four Syrians to fight ISIS (video below), and anemic airstrikes.
Obama’s lack of leadership in the region has left millions vulnerable to ISIS, including Christians, Yezidis, and other religious sects that are being targeted for extinction by ISIS.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has seized an opportunity to take a greater role in the region and shore up his military bases. Putin has sent shipments of battle tanks and arms to Syria.
Pentagon officials report that no less than 15 Russian Antonov-124 Condor flights have been observed in Syria and that two Russian cargo ships with tanks and 35 armored personnel carriers, and four attack helicopters.
While Obama whines about Putin helping Assad, he ignores the fact that Putin is also helping to defeat ISIS — something that Obama refuses to do.
Obama may not like Putin or Assad, a couple of brutal characters, for sure, but this is what happens when America gives up its position in the region and leaves a vacuum for others to fill.
At least now, there is the chance that ISIS will be beaten back or even defeated. Something that is important for everyone. There will surely be more problems to deal with at the end of this, regarding Putin and Assad, but future presidents can thank Obama for that as they deal with them.
But you go ahead and enjoy another 18 holes of golf, Mr. President. Putin’s got this ‘war on terror’ thing well in hand.
You can see Gen. Austin confirm that 4 of the 60 Syrian fighters remain of those the U.S. spent $500 million to train: