Monday, October 26, 2015

Fallout from Obama’s Failed Syria Policy.

Obama: 'If We Work Hard, Afghanistan Could Be a Success...Like Iraq!'

Fallout from Obama’s Failed Syria Policy. (MEbriefing).

A small but vocal group of retired American military officers, including President Obama’s former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, have become so disgusted with the Obama Administration’s lack of a coherent strategy for defeating the Islamic State (ISIL) in Syria and Iraq, that they have publicly come out, supporting the Russian intervention, and calling for a US-Russian partnership to defeat ISIL, even if it means postponing the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Some of these retired flag officers retain deep ties to active duty officers, up to the level of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

On Oct. 5, Lt. Gen. Flynn, who was ousted by Obama as DIA head in 2014, for his criticisms of US policy in Libya, Syria and Iraq, leading to the emergence of the Islamic State and the Nusra Front out of the earlier Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), said recently that “There is no coherence, no clarity to the strategy we’ve had, and I have been very adamant about that.” Flynn went on to call for Russian-American collaboration on the single priority mission: To defeat the Islamic State and Al Qaeda, through a combination of diplomatic and military coordinated actions.

The common denominator in all of these public statements is that the failure of the US policy has created a vacuum, in which the jihadists have gained enormous power, and Russia has stepped in to directly challenge the previously undisputed pivotal dominance of the United States in the MENA region.

Even some strong anti-Russian voices have offered their assessments of the consequences of Obama’s failures.

Gen. Jack Keane, former Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army, told Fox News on Oct. 11 that the Russian “alliance with Iran is an absolute game-changer and the strategic implications of it are very significant. It will impact every country in the region, who will now begin to have relationships with Russia, as opposed to the long-standing relationships they had with the US.” Keane added that the US will continue to remain a force, “but our role in the Middle East is about to be diminished significantly.Hmmm.....As i said last week Hussein Obama blocked the defense bill because he has no strategy to present by Mid February 2016* to Congress. Read the full story here.

* The bill would require the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State to jointly submit to Congress by mid-February “a strategy for the Middle East and to counter violent extremism.” 

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