Just when we thought things couldn’t get worse in the Middle East…While Marie Harff, who sees the world through rose colored glasses, was busy praising the Iraqi army for “holding the line” in Ramadi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who sees the world through red tinted glasses, was making a move to insert the Russians into Iraq.
Like his fellow comrade President Obama, Putin never likes to let a good crisis go to waste.
President Putin announced Thursday that Russia is ready and willing to supply Iraq with weapons and will do whatever it takes to help Baghdad defeat ISIS.
As the Jerusalem Post reports, Speaking ahead of talks in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Lavrov told reporters Moscow would make every effort to help the Baghdad government push back the militants.“Islamic State insurgents overran the Iraqi city of Ramadi last weekend in the most significant setback for the Baghdad government in a year, exposing the weakness of Iraq’s army and the limitations of U.S. air strikes. On Thursday the group seized full control of Palmyra in neighboring Syria.”
Russia, Syria, and Iran already share BFF bracelets. Now, because President Obama (who sees no crisis at all no matter what glasses he is wearing) refuses to do more than a few bomb strikes per day on average, Russia may step in and come to the rescue of Iraq. On the one hand, I’m darn glad that SOMEONE sees the urgency and is willing to step in. On the other hand, I would hate to see Putin get another foot firmly planted in the Middle East. Putin doesn’t see things the way we do. He isn’t there to help provide “liberty” or “democracy” and he will no doubt not leave once the job is done.
And don’t forget the $3.5 BILLION dollar arms deal that Russia recently made with Egypt. “Russia and Egypt have reached a preliminary deal for Cairo to buy arms worth $3.5 billion from Moscow, Interfax news agency quoted the head of a Russian state arms agency as saying on Wednesday.”“Russia, the world’s second-largest arms exporter, has sought to boost its military ties with Egypt after relations between Cairo and its long-standing ally Washington soured, causing some defense cooperation between the two countries to be frozen.”
President Obama is worse than a Shark Rotator Professional when it comes to creating a vacuum and Putin is happy to fill the void.