"Even those of us who have long spoken out against the Obama administration's moral and strategic negligence in Syria, and the way it handed Russia the lead in that land of suffering, were astounded by recent developments. President Obama and Secretary Kerry not only succumbed to another Russian plan that handed Assad another unearned advantage; this time, they agreed to 'cooperate militarily' with Russia. The fact that Russia routinely assaults mainstream rebels and civilians under the guise of fighting ISIS, and that Russia is clearly implicated in Assad's atrocities, made the idea of joint military missions between Russia and the United States appalling. ... Even though the ceasefire quickly collapsed, the very formation of the deal highlighted America's ensnarement in Russia's pro-Assad schemes. In addition to giving Russia another opportunity to rescue Assad and pressure the Free Syria Army, it affirmed Russia's rising power in the Middle East, exposed American complicity, gullibility and debility, and further alienated the United States from Sunni states and Arab moderates."
"Although we are coming to grips with how far the Obama administration has gone in order to accommodate Iran, we have yet to face how far the administration has gone in order to accommodate Russia. Iran praised the latest Russian-American agreement and Iran, like Russia, is in Syria fighting to save Assad. It is time to connect the dots."
With new talk of a US/Russia "Cold War" and of a firmer Obama administration response to Russian and Syrian atrocities, Pierce's work on American foreign policy provides essential background and perspective. See http://www.annerpierce.com for information on her articles and books.
Anne R. Pierce is the author of A Perilous Path: The Misguided Foreign Policy of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry (available on Amazon).
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SOURCE Anne R. Pierce