Putin Bests Obama on Leadership Front against Islamic State
Wayne MADSEN | 06.10.2015 | OPINION

Putin Bests Obama on Leadership Front against Islamic State

President Barack Obama never likes to be upstaged in the popularity and leadership department. Yet, that is exactly what has occurred with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decisive military action against the Islamic State in Syria. 

Obama’s policy, since becoming president, has been to take his orders on Russia and the Middle East from the coterie of «human and social rights do-gooders» who have flipped back-and-forth between George Soros-funded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the U.S. government. These policy troublemakers have attempted to box in Putin’s government and Russia from Georgia and Ukraine to Syria and Libya.

In just a few days of precision air strikes by the Russian Air Force against Islamist jihadist targets in Syria, Putin has been able to accomplish what Obama and his pro-Saudi Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director John Brennan have failed to do in four years. The Pentagon and its civilian overlord, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, attempted to portray Russia’s intervention in Syria as destabilizing for the Middle East.

The Pentagon accused Russian planes of hitting «moderate» rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This came two days before U.S. «precision-guided weapons» wiped out a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing a number of doctors, nurses, and patients.

There have never been more than a literal handful of «moderate» anti-Assad rebels in Syria. The overwhelming majority of rebels are jihadists supported by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, France, Britain, and the United States. This was confirmed before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee by U.S. Central Command commander, General Lloyd Austin, who said only "four or five" moderate rebels had been trained by the United States at a cost of $500 million. This handful of recruits were fielded in a Syrian battlefield environment where there are well in excess of 100,000 guerrillas fighting under the banner of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed «caliphate.»

America’s disaster in supporting the jihadists in Syria led to the resignation of retired General John Allen, Obama’s special envoy in dealing with the Islamic State’s military offensive, and the firing of a critic of the U.S. arming and training of jihadists in Syria, none other than the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, General Michael Flynn. To call Obama’s approach to the Islamic State and its Syrian allies «incompetent» would be too kind.

Every major stakeholder in the Syrian conflict understands that the Islamic State’s support comes from the traditional supporters of Salafist jihadism, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with the added bonus that the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan who fancies himself as a latter-day Seljuk or Ottoman emperor, has been NATO’s military support link to the jihadists.

The Pentagon admitted that weapons and ammunition destined for Syrian «moderates» ended up in the hands of the Al Qaeda-aligned Nusra Front in Syria. However, the so-called «distinction» made by Obama administration interventionists about «moderates» within the jihadist ranks is pure nonsense. This was pointed out by the Syrian Kurdish commander Sipan Hemo, who stated, «There is no difference between Nusra and IS [Islamic State] – they are both al-Qaeda.» When former CIA director General David Petraeus, now a convicted criminal after pleading guilty to handing off CIA classified documents to his girlfriend Paula Broadwell, suggested the U.S. militarily back Al Qaeda against the Islamic State, he was showing that his understanding of the situation in the Middle East is a typical for a neocon: uninformed and influenced by Israeli and Soros interlopers.

Neocons are a uniformly ignorant lot, preferring to use catch phrases like «Assad’s barrel bombs» and the «Syrian regime’s chemical weapons» in the place of actual facts. The only verified use of barrel bombs in recent history was by the United States in its genocidal war in Vietnam. The only undeniable use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war, including chlorine and mustard gas, was by Syrian jihadist rebels. Most of the deaths in the civil war, attributed by the West’s propaganda organs to Assad, were actually Syrian armed forces deaths at the hands of the jihadist rebels.

After the onset of Russian military operations in Syria, the Republican and Democratic Party neo-conservatives in the United States immediately pounded on Obama for a «lack of leadership,» even using the old worn-out Cold War phrase of «losing Syria to the Russians.» However, Syria was never America’s to lose to anyone.

Israel’s political lackeys in the United States and other Western countries whined about the «threat» of Russia’s actions to Israel. With Russian air action over Syrian skies, Israel’s air force could no longer fly combat sorties in support of the anti-Assad jihadists with impunity. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who flew to Moscow a few weeks prior to the Russian action in Syria and was told by the Kremlin to avoid aerial altercations with Russian war planes, tucked his tail between his legs, flew off to New York to perform his annual verbal and non-verbal histrionics before the United Nations General Assembly, and flew back to Israel to announce he was quintupling the number of illegal Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights of Syria. As many neocon nihilists like to say, «never let a good crisis go to waste.»

As for the United States and Obama claiming that Russia’s actions in Syria were a «sign of weakness,» that was the most laughable declaration on an international stage made since U.S. President Lyndon Johnson claimed America was winning the war in South Vietnam. In short order, Russia’s actions in Syria were lauded by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who agreed to share Iraqi intelligence on the Islamic State with Russia and Iran; the Kurdistan Regional Government in Erbil in northern Iraq; Lebanese Hezbollah; and the Syrian Kurdish opposition party, the YPG. To throw more cold water on the American notion that Russia’s actions were illegal and unilateral, the Chinese Navy dispatched an aircraft carrier-led task force to join Russian naval vessels in the Syrian naval base of Tartus.

Praise for Russia’s actions in Syria came from former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien and French opposition leader Marine Le Pen. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stressed that Russia had every right to be involved in military action against the Islamic State in Syria.

The irresponsible actions of the West in fomenting themed and quite artificial revolutions against the secular leaders of Libya and Syria have blown back in the form of hundreds of thousands of refugees of varying stripes from jihadist occupation and atrocities in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and other countries inundating Europe. Putin has shown Europe that Russia’s enemies, ranging from the Western-installed government in Ukraine whose president, Petro Poroshenko mocked before the UN General Assembly Russia’s successful actions against the Islamic State in Syria, and George Soros’s various NGO operations to the bearded transvestite Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst and the sexually-deviant Pussy Riot group, are united in support of both the fascist and globalist clique governing Kiev and the unregulated refugee influx into Europe.

The majority of Europeans, who no longer want to see their women and girls sexually assaulted by «poor» Muslim men from Syria and Iraq looking for economic asylum or nuns and priests verbally abused by Salafist refugees in German and Austrian cities and towns, now identify with Putin and Russia. To these Europeans, who were hoodwinked by their «Eurocrat» politicians, now see Putin as their potential savior from a new «Ottoman» or «Moorish» invasion. Of course, there would be no invasion of Europe by Middle Eastern, South Asian, or African refugees had it not been for the civil wars wrought by NATO in Libya and Syria. Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi and Syria’s Assad warned Europe that if they were overthrown, Europe could expect an inundation of radical Islamists. They were correct and now, only Vladimir Putin is drawing a line in the sand against further Islamic State gains in Syria with the expectation that this will also halt the caliphate’s expansion into Iraq.

Europe understands that its newest «rock star» is not a clueless lame duck Barack Obama in the White House or Germany’s first female chancellor, Angela Merkel, whose days as Germany’s leader are numbered as a result of her bungled decision to invite as many refugees to Germany that could make a boat, train, auto, truck, or foot trip. Europe’s new no nonsense vanquisher of the jihadist hordes is Vladimir Putin.

After four years of obfuscation on «defeating» the Islamic State, the West has been told by Russia to move aside and allow an adult-supervised military to eliminate the threat of the caliphate’s blood thirsty jihadists, first in Syria and later, if the need arises, beyond, in Iraq, Yemen, Sinai, Libya, Chechnya, and wherever else the Islamic State and its cronies pose a threat to peace and security. The world has had enough of Pax Americana, which has brought nothing but misery to the Middle East and now roaming bands of jihadist thugs in the streets of Hamburg, Bremen, Vienna, Munich, Cologne, and Detmold. Many in Europe gladly welcome a Pax Russica in the West and a Pax Sinica in the East to put the American, Soros, European Union, and NATO destabilizers back in their place, once and for all.

Tags: CIA  ISIS   Middle East  Russia  US  Obama  Putin 

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