Russia has already embarrassed Barack Hussein Obama in Syria once, and now they’re doing it again. The Obama administration has based its entire anti-ISIS strategy or arming the Free Syrian Army to do our fighting.
But according to CNS News, Putin begs to differ as “Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front – the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy – “no longer exists.” The remarks by Russia’s ambassador in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin came during a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which was discussing the most recent report by a U.N.-mandated independent commission of inquiry into the conflict.”
Remember the last time Russia gave the U.S. a warning it was about the Tsarnaev brothers. That was ignored and we all recall the horrific terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon in 2013. President Obama is so concerned about not being portrayed as George W. Bush he appears to be completely risking the security and reputation of the United States.
CNS says “The Free Syrian Army (FSA) is the mainstream rebel movement affiliated to the U.S.-recognized Syrian National Coalition which the administration wants to train and equip to fight ISIS jihadists in Syria.“The commission in its report,” Borodavkin told the council through a translator, “recognizes that the Syrian government is working against a huge army of trained armed terrorists.” “The Free Syrian Army no longer exists,” he continued. “Armed groups qualified as ‘moderate’ are closely coordinating their activities with terrorist groups.”
This report further muddies the waters for the Obama administration which has made itself completely dependent on the idea of “outsourcing” our national security — the question is, to whom? Just to refresh your memory, it was an Islamist militia — the February 17 Brigade — that was supposed to provide the security for our Benghazi Special Mission Compound (SMC).
CNS says “the commission of inquiry report to which Borodavkin referred does not state that the FSA no longer exists. It does say however that “ideological, political, tribal and personal” divisions and rivalries among rebel groups had prevented them from becoming more effective, and that “[e]fforts by external backers to reinforce the so-called ‘vetted moderate armed opposition’ failed to reverse the dominance of radical armed groups.” The report also says that where “groups labeled as moderate” managed to score military successes against the regime they did so “closely coordinating with extremist groups, including the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra.”
It is Jabhat al-Nusra that has attacked UN peacekeepers in Syria, has taken 40 and forced the peacekeepers to flee across the border into Israel seeking refuge. And prior to its break, ISIS was recognized as the remnants of al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) and had close relations with Jabhat al-Nusra front. As well, there are rumors of “moderate” Syrian rebels selling American journalist Steven Sotloff to ISIS. The point to be gleaned from this report and the statement from Borodavkin is that this is a nebulous situation in which we are not clear about the end state — or even worse, the end point for any weapons funneled to these groups.
And here is the direct attack by Borodavkin aimed squarely at the Obama administration: “I’d like to remind you that Russia right from the beginning suggested that we unite the efforts of the international community, the Syrian authorities and the moderate opposition to combat jihadists. “If we had been heard at the time, the spread of this cancerous tumor could have been stopped,” Borodavkin said. “Now, regrettably, we must admit that our worst scenarios have materialized: the Islamic State [ISIS] has seized a third of the country’s territory, have proclaimed the Syrian city of Raqqa as a capital of their ‘caliphate’ and is committing heinous crimes. This is supplemented by violent raging of other terrorist groups.”
In my opinion, Vladimir Putin and the Russians are trying to shake the tree even further to deny any American intervention into Syria, even if it is to fight against ISIS. The Russians don’t want to lose a base of operations and a regional ally in Syria. The Russians are doing their best to stake out their own interests and want to portray a ruse that they are willing themselves to deal with ISIS.
According to CNS News, “The Russian envoy said the new international focus on countering ISIS was to be welcomed, citing a meeting convened by France on Monday at which 26 countries, Russia and the U.S. among them, expressed support for a broad campaign against the jihadist group. Russia was willing to contribute to the effort, he said. On the sidelines of the meeting in Paris, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russian help in the anti-ISIS campaign included providing military and other assistance to Iraq “to strengthen its ability to ensure security.” Moscow was “also providing military and other aid to Syria,” he said, as well as to other countries in the region, including Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon and Jordan.”
While the Western world is off posturing and debating and through it all, ISIS grows and consolidates its gains — and recruits in Western countries. ISIS could easily be defeated in 90 days, if we had the resolve. Unfortunately we have Chamberlain’s — not Churchill’s.