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Obama grabbed his ankles as Putin took over Syria

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President Obama and Russian Czar President Vladimir Putin went into a room at UN headquarters mano a mano and whatever happened behind those closed doors, one man came out the victor.  And it wasn’t Obama.

Putin took over Syria, and that’s that.

Charles Krauthammer blamed it on the “utter passivity of the United States,” that has allowed ISIS to attract 7,000 new jihadis in the last few months alone.  Some of them are from the U.S., and some of them are from Russia.  While we hand-wring our way into irrelevance, Russia is determined never to let ISIS fighters back into their country.

“The irony is that the Russians aren’t in there to fight ISIS. The Russians are in there to support Assad, to establish their predominance in the region, to bring in Iran and to establish military facilities,” Krauthammer said. “That’s what happened even as the administration sputters, because it has no idea what to do.”

Putin has launched drones in parts of Syria where there are no ISIS fighters, and supplied Assad’s government with Russian assets to use against ISIS, and whatever else they want to use them for.

Russian military expert Vladimir Gundarov wrote “Yes, there are Russian units, Russian weapons, and Russian military hardware in Syria.  There is the 720th Sustainment Center in Tartus, and it is not exactly manned by Martians.”

In fact, the Russians are all over Syria, to the point that they’ve formally ordered American planes out of the country, as they’ve started their bombing campaign.

Russian warplanes have begun bombarding Syrian opposition targets in the war torn nation’s north, working on behalf of dictator Bashar al Assad, according to a senior military official.

The official said airstrikes targeted fighters in the vicinity of Homs, located roughly 60 miles east of a Russian naval facility in Tartus, and were carried out by a “couple” of Russian bombers. It was not clear if the strikes targeted ISIS, Al Qaeda or other forces opposed to Assad, who Moscow is aiding.  According to a Twitter handle belonging to the Syrian government, the Russian strikes were initiated at the request of Assad.

In Ukraine, the Baltics, Iran, and now Syria, Obama’s “global collective” speech at the UN rings about as hollow as Marshal Henri-Philippe Petain’s calls for a diplomatic solution as Hitler’s panzers stormed across France.  Remember, in 1940, France had the largest, most well-equipped, and best-trained army in Europe, and they were fighting a defensive battle.

When NATO folds into inconsequence, Iran and Syria form a new Axis with Russia, and America’s touted “deal” to keep nuclear arms out of the ayatollah’s hands is burned in Putin’s fireplace at the Kremlin, we will all remember the “historic” face-to-face meeting when Obama (“After my election I have more flexibility”) assumed the position with his hands on his ankles in a private room with Putin.