By Jim Emerson, staff writer
Obama’s failed leadership has created a vacuum which is being filled by Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Ashraf Ghani asked Russia for artillery, small arms and Mi-35 helicopters to bolster Afghan Security Forces. Since Obama is hell bent on retreating from the world, Russia will gladly take on the lead role in fighting terrorism and selling weapons to Arab allies. Afghanistan sees that Obama is ready to abandon them both militarily and financially which allows for the growth of its enemies, first the Taliban and now ISIS.
The Taliban is the main threat to the fragile Afghan government. The principal threat to the Taliban and main rival for control is the jihadist-expansionist Islamic State. ISIS will fight any opposition to their plan, at this point, most likely a plan to surround Iran. Whereas the Taliban wishes to restore its power in Afghanistan, ISIS wants to incorporate Afghanistan into the Caliphate. Russia is concerned that an unstable Central Asia will pose a direct threat to its own border. Putin’s strategy is to destroy ISIS in the Middle East before the terror group can reach the Russian homeland. China may have to join the fight if Pakistan should be invaded by ISIS forces from Afghanistan.
After seeing what Russian forces hope to accomplish in Syria, the Afghan government believes a potential alliance may finally solve the Taliban problem and drive out ISIS terrorists. They would consider assistance from their former enemy in order to fill the void caused by Obama’s retreat. Obama has pledged to leave behind 5,500 troops after January 2017, down from his earlier promise of 10,000. It’s hardly a surprise that Obama’s failed policy has left the country in one Hell of a mess.
The Iraqi people are also seeing an alliance with Russia as a possible savior. Outside of the Kurds they are taking on ISIS directly and effectively. The first American killed fighting ISIS was Master Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler. Wheeler was killed when the U.S. military agreed to provide five helicopters and a number of ground troops to support a Kurdish-led mission to rescue 70 hostages. U.S. involvement was authorized because it was consistent with America’s mission to train, advise and assist Iraqi forces. However the Iraqis had hoped to see direct action which Obama will not authorize.
Afghanistan and Iraq aren’t prepared to go it alone. And as both countries are familiar with Russian weapons, they are willing to bank on Putin being a more reliable ally than Obama. In an extraordinary reflection on the reliability of Barack Obama, Afghan Prime Minister Abdullah would prefer to rely on Russia, his nation’s former enemy, than depend upon the American president when the chips are down.
Could there possibly be a more blatant expression of mistrust? As the Commander and Chief of the most powerful nation in the world, Barack Obama should be mortified by such treatment. Interesting the number of obscure definitions the hyper-arrogant Obama must apply to shame.