RUSSIAN president Vladimit Putin just deftly grabbed the reins of world power after they were abandoned by America’s embarrassment-in-chief. After a summer that saw joint Russian and Chinese military exercises around the world, and numerous Russian fly-byes over U.S. waters and territories, Vlady stepped forward to confidently announce his coalition with Syria, Iran, and Iraq against ISIS.
PUTIN: “We should finally acknowledge that no one but President Assad’s Armed Forces and Kurd militia are truly fighting the Islamic State”
MichellesMirror What the heck, somebody had to do it. And it sure as heck wasn’t going to be us.
In a show of decorum seldom displayed by our own political leaders – who are constantly either finger pointing or crying – Putin declined to dump on his geopolitical adversary when given the opportunity by 60 Minutes:
“Do you think (Obama’s) activities in foreign affairs reflect a weakness?”
“You see, here’s the thing. In any country – and in the United States I believe this happens even more often than in any other country – foreign political factors are used for domestic political battles,” he said. – The Hill
Putin stressed that there is only one regular army in Syria and that is the army of Syrian President al-Assad. He is confronted with what some of Russia’s international partners interpret as an opposition.
In reality, he said, al-Assad’s army is fighting against Islamic terrorist organisations.
“You should know better than me about the hearings that have just taken place in the United States Senate, where the military and Pentagon representatives, if I am not mistaken, reported to the senators about what the United States had done to train the combat part of the opposition forces.”
“The initial aim was to train between 5,000 and 6,000 fighters, and then 12,000 more. It turns out that only 60 of these fighters have been properly trained, and as few as 4 or 5 people actually carry weapons, while the rest of them have deserted with their American weapons to join ISIS. That is the first point.”
“Secondly, in my opinion, the provision of military support to illegal structures runs counter to the principles of modern international law and the United Nations Charter. We have been providing assistance to legitimate government entities only.”