Last week, Russia announced that they will be undertaking a major campaign to finally rid Syria of the Islamic State terror group (ISIS) after the country’s president asked for help. Once they brought their military into Syria, they made a major discovery about ISIS that the U.S. had been keeping secret, and they just exposed it to the entire world.
We all know that the American initiative against ISIS has been weak at best, and some have even accused Barack Obama of intentionally going easy on the group to avoid political fallout from his supporters in America. Well, our suspicions appear to have been confirmed by the head of Russia’s international affairs committee, who lashed out against the president’s lack of action in response to the accusations that Russia was hitting U.S.-trained rebels.
“McCain accused us of striking out at US-trained insurgents… However, since they have either run away or joined al-Qaeda, hitting them is a mission impossible,” Alexi Pushkov wrote on his Twitter account.
Appearing on France’s Europe 1 Radio, Pushkov questioned whether America was even going after ISIS and accused Obama of lying to the American people about the entire situation.
“The US-led coalition spent a whole year pretending they were striking ISIL targets but where are the results of these strikes?” Pushkov asked during the interview.
Pushkov’s remarks weren’t exactly based in fantasy land either. Max Boot of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) said that the American effort in Syria has been “remarkably restrained,” which is why we haven’t actually seen any results in the war-torn nation.
“Obama’s strategy in Syria and Iraq is not working… (because) the U.S. bombing campaign against ISIS has been remarkably restrained,” Boot wrote for Newsweek.
The CFR compiled figures from America’s campaign in Syria and found that U.S. forces have dropped an average of 43 bombs on ISIS daily since the start of the effort against the group, which sounds like a lot but really isn’t. During the 1991 invasion of Iraq, America dropped some 6,163 bombs a day in the country. Then in 2003, the average number of bombings a day was 1,093.
While Obama says his intent is to destroy ISIS as quickly as possible, it appears as if the exact opposite is happening, and Russia called him out on it. Since the start of the U.S. campaign, Obama has been accused of not hitting them hard enough, and after looking at the numbers, it’s apparent he isn’t.
Some have said the U.S. intentionally engineered the rise of ISIS in order to create instability in the region. Whether or not that’s true remains to be seen, but his lack of action against the terror group has undoubtedly allowed it to grow to the size it is now, and they’re only going to continue to grow until someone takes the lead and wipes them off the face of the planet once and for all.
[H/T: Top Right News]