Why Obama Should Let Putin Misfire in Syria

Friday, 09 October 2015 17:15 Written by
With each Russian escalatory step in Syria, the situation only seems to get worse. Critics pile on, citing it as an example of President Barack Obama’s “failed” foreign policy, calling for Obama to “do something” — confront Moscow, punish it for its reckless behavior, reassert leadership. But what would that something be? Across the political spectrum, there are calls for a more muscular U.S.
Should the U.S. Cooperate with Russia on Syria and ISIS?
Friday, 09 October 2015 16:37 Written by
by Deana Arsenian Vice President, International Program and Program Director, Russia and Eurasia, Carnegie Corporation of New York US President Barack Obama with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 2014 APEC summit in China (GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images) Much has been said about Russia's intensified military involvement in Syria and its call for building an international coalition to confront ISIS.
Obama Administration Ignored Warnings On Failed Rebel Training Program
Friday, 09 October 2015 15:09 Written by
Even before the Obama administration embarked on the program to train Syrian rebels that it has now all but admitted is a failure, it was warned that it would never work. To replace that program, the administration is now embracing an idea that the president himself called a “fantasy” last August.
Obama Administration Scraps Failed Pentagon Program to Train and Equip Syrian Rebels
Friday, 09 October 2015 14:41 Written by
The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon’s failed $500 million program to train and equip so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), reports The New York Times (NYT). “Pentagon officials announced the end of the program on Friday, as Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter left London after meetings with his British counterpart, Michael Fallon, about the continuing wars in Syria and Iraq,” noted The Times.
Syria: US to train and equip Syrian Kurds to fight Isis in Raqqa, say reports
Friday, 09 October 2015 13:57 Written by
Kurdish fighters gesture while carrying their parties' flags in Tel Abyad of Raqqa governorate after they said they took control of the area June 15, 2015.Reuters File The United States now wants to train vetted militia groups such as the Syrian Kurds to fight the Islamic State.
Great news: ISIS swarms Aleppo as Russians attack other rebel groups
Friday, 09 October 2015 13:38 Written by
Steve Kroft: A year ago when we did this interview, there was some saber-rattling between the United States and Russia on the Ukrainian border. Now it’s also going on in Syria. You said a year ago that the United States– America leads. We’re the indispensable nation. Mr. Putin seems to be challenging that leadership.
Obama insists Putin hasn’t taken over America’s world leadership
Friday, 09 October 2015 13:25 Written by
WASHINGTON — Russia has dispatched troops to Ukraine and is sending jet bombers to change the course of the war in Syria, but President Obama insists Vladimir Putin hasn’t taken over America’s leadership in the world. CBS’ Steve Croft raised the issue during an interview for “60 Minutes,” where he questioned whether the Russian leader’s actions have forced the US to take a back seat in leading world events.
Obama opts for "good cop" approach with encryption backdoors
Friday, 09 October 2015 12:59 Written by
The Obama administration won't seek legislation to force technology companies to decrypt communications, FBI Director James Comey told Congress in a public hearing on Thursday. Instead, it looks like the stalemate in the crypto-wars will continue on as is - technology companies and their allies and the federal government will keep trying to persuade each other (and the public) that their side is the virtuous one.
Obama Administration Ends Part Of ISIS-Fighting Strategy In Syria
Friday, 09 October 2015 12:42 Written by
A key part of the Obama’s administration’s ISIS-fighting strategy in Syria is being scrapped. FOX News Radio’s Rachel Sutherland reports from Washington:
Anti-ISIS Halloween decorations on N.J. house rile some neighbors
Friday, 09 October 2015 12:27 Written by
BUTLER — Some homeowners on Cleary Avenue are finding their neighbor's Halloween display more garish than ghostly. The decorations include a mannequin dressed as a tortured captive of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a hanged mannequin dressed as a murdered soldier and a machete-wielding mannequin wearing a mask of President Barack Obama.
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