Putin Continues to Dominate Obama as Russia Begins its War on ISIS in Syria

The current conflict between the USA and Russia is all a bit confounding. On the one hand, we should be happy that we finally have some REAL help in fighting the terrorists in the Middle East. On the other hand, Russia is using the terrible problems in Syria, Iraq and Iran to make themselves stronger while simultaneously weakening us.

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters appeared on Fox News to discuss these issues on Wednesday morning, and the Obama administration is not going to like what he had to say.

Make no mistake, Putin thinks Obama is so weak. Putin would not be reluctant to shoot down a U.S. drone as a warning and possibly even bringing down a U.S. manned aircraft knowing that President Obama would not respond militarily. Putin would say, ‘Oh, it’s all an accident. It’s all a misunderstanding. We need to deconflict. You need to go out of the airspace.’ Putin is on a roll… This guy is good and we have a pixie dust president who still thinks he can say something three times and make it come true…

Make no mistake, Putin thinks Obama is so weak. Putin would not be reluctant to shoot down a U.S. drone as a warning and possibly even bringing down a U.S. manned aircraft knowing that President Obama would not respond militarily. Putin would say, ‘Oh, it’s all an accident. It’s all a misunderstanding. We need to deconflict. You need to go out of the airspace.’ Putin is on a roll… This guy is good and we have a pixie dust president who still thinks he can say something three times and make it come true…

Putin is master of propaganda, he’s brilliant at turning a situation on its head. He is going into Syria to rescue the world, save the world from ISIS. And, oh, by the way, remember under international law, Vladimir Putin, despicable though he is, has a better case for being there than we do because the Assad government is last Syrian government seated at United Nations. It invited Putin in. We weren’t invited in. Putin is working all this stuff. And it is important, despite all the nonsense from the White House and the “Baghdad Bob” behavior on part of Josh Earnest.

Putin’s goals are absolutely transparent. First he wants to support Assad. That is his tactical goal. Second, he intends to do as much mischief as possible while Obama’s still in office and unable to act or unwilling to act. So he presents the next potentially stronger U.S. president with a fait accompli on the ground. With a situation that is irreversible.

And third and long term, he is building an alliance in the Middle East with Iran, Iraq, and Syria, to keep us out. He is betting on the Shia Muslims against the Sunnis. He is erecting a wall of Shia-dominated states, that are anti-U.S., pro-Russian. We’re still looking attain any bits and pieces. Oh, Syria, oh, Iraq. It is all one big mess. Thank you, Mr. President…

Vladimir PutinIt was always about Obama putting more faith in Medvedev and Vladimir Putin than he put in the American people. Think about it, he was telling the Russians, I’ve got to deceive the American people through the election but then I will be able to cooperate with you more fully.

I mean, Bill [Hemmer], what is troubling to me, among many things, what is deeply troubling, listening to the U.N. speech on Monday and everything Obama and the administration has said since.

In almost seven years this president has not learned that words don’t stop bullets. He is fundamentally out of touch with human reality, with the reality of history, with the reality of warfare and Vladimir Putin, ruthless and vicious and ugly though he is, has his pulse on the — he is the one that is on side of history now, not us. We’re clinging to 20th century platitudes and Putin is changing the world, changing the world as we do nothing.

Another Fox News pundit, Charles Krauthammer, took the controversy on from a different angle. For Krauthammer Putin’s moves in the Middle East has nothing to do with ISIS but on making Russia more powerful while simultaneously weakening America.

It was the Secretary of State who said the build up of the Russians in Syria was doomed to fail. Two weeks later we have not only accepted it, we welcome it as a fight against ISIS, and we concede essentially that Assad will stay under the protection of the Russians. And the irony is the Russians aren’t in there to fight ISIS, the Russians are in there to support Assad, establish their predominance in the region, to bring in Iran, and to establish military facilities. They have no interest in fighting Assad. The Russians launched a half a dozen drones earlier this week over Idlib, western Hama and Latakia. And not in one of those areas is a single ISIS fighter. This isn’t about the Russians taking on ISIS; this is about the Russians taking over Syria and keeping Assad as a client in place. That’s what happened as the administration sputters because it has no idea what to do.