Russia is setting up shop in Syria, deploying a massive amount of military power in support of the Assad Regime. This places Russia in position to be the power broker in the Middle East, filling the vacuum created by America’s weakness and retreat under Obama. Syria stands to become the base from which Russia expands its security arrangements and becomes the dominant power on the Arabian Peninsula. He’s also proposing a coalition of military power to take on ISIS, and openly questioning Obama’s policies that have turned Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen into dumpster fires.
“Instead of the triumph of democracy and progress, we got violence, poverty and social disaster — and nobody cares a bit about human rights, including the right to life,” Putin said through a translator. “I cannot help asking those who have forced that situation: Do you realize what you have done?”
Meanwhile, Barack Obama, whose “Hashtag Diplomacy” was so effective in taking down Boko Haram and getting Russia out of Ukraine (/sarc), has his own strategy for defeating ISIS. It involves consulting with Hollywood to figure out how to make catchy videos to counter ISIS propaganda and turn them away from violent genocide. I am not making this up.
The Obama administration is turning to HBO, Snapchat, and a controversial, Oscar-winning screenwriter to help them fight ISIS.
Earlier this year, the State Department convened a group of friends in the U.S. film industry, social media, and premium cable TV to brainstorm ways to counter jihadist propaganda.
The administration claimed Benghazi was caused by a YouTube video. They now think ISIS can be defeated by YouTube videos. I think they vastly overestimate YouTube’s influence.
Either that, or they simply are not serious people.
Vladimir Putin, whatever else he may be, is a serious man.
You don’t have to be a supporter of Putin’s domestic to recognize that he is successfully expanding Russia’s influence and strengthening his country’s global position, while Obama has thoroughly squandered American prestige, abandoned allies, embraced our enemies, and reduced American influence to third-rate status.