From The New York Post
Two reports on Syria, one on American efforts to bolster rebels and one on Russian efforts to protect Bashar al-Assad, combine to tell the whole story. It’s not a pretty picture.
Obama’s weak-tea plan is summarized in a Wall Street Journal article that says he authorized a covert CIA program in 2013. The aim, the Journal reports, was to “gradually build a moderate force strong enough to put military pressure on Mr. Assad.”
But instead of victory, Obama only wanted to “force the regime to accept a political solution.”
Contrast that limited objective with Vladimir Putin’s sweeping plan, as summarized by Frederick Kagan and Kimberly Kagan. Beyond protecting Assad, they say Putin “means to forge a counter-alliance consisting of Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanese Hezbollah and demonstrate that his coalition is more effective than the West’s.”
In their intelligence update, they say Putin also aims “to establish a permanent foothold in the Middle East from which he can threaten NATO’s southern flank directly, project power into the Mediterranean and the Arab World, and generally re-create Russia’s aura as a global power.”
The Kagans also mock Obama’s reaction to Putin’s buildup as “inexplicably bewildered.” They cite Secretary of State John Kerry’s assertion late last month that he lacked “clarity” on Putin’s intent.
Kerry lacks moral and intellectual clarity. Putin has been very demonstrative about his intent.
Putin’s neo-Soviet regime has a golden opportunity to exploit the crisis and escalate their power. Obama will do nothing to stop it. If Russia tried this under the Reagan administration, Vlad would have been publicly taken to the fucking woodshed. During the past 7 years of Barky’s tenure, Russia has rebuilt its military to levels not seen since the Cold War.
Putin’s strategy is bizarre, but it’s working. He sent trained jihadists into Syria, where they have joined up not only with ISIS but other terrorist factions. Then he cozied up to Assad by sending troops, tanks, and artillery; none of which is being used to fight ISIS.
While Obama thinks his Iranian deal is a craptastic achievement, the muzzie zealots in Tehran are laughing their asses off and Russia continues to build alliances with America’s enemies.