The headline on this breaking news story says it all: “Turkey gives up on Obama, bristles over Syria deal”
Obama, in his final year in office, still doesn’t understand foreign policy. He has been a complete disaster, and people around the world are feeling it. Obama’s efforts in the Middle East are officially a train wreck, and Turkey is fed up with him!
This is tragic:
The Russian-American agreement on a partial cease fire in Syria, hailed by President Vladimir Putin as a “real chance” to stop the war, got a wary welcome this week in Turkey, whose government fears that Moscow will exploit the deal and continue with its bombing campaign to redraw the battlefield of Syria in favor of Bashar Assad’s regime.
It’s not only distrust of Russia, which according to Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus has completed 8,000 sorties since October, nine-tenths of them directed against the moderate opposition and civilian targets, and only a tenth against the fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Adding to doubts about Moscow’s intentions in Syria is the fact that the accord goes into effect on Saturday, more than two weeks after the U.S. and Russia announced there would be a cessation of hostilities. “Apparently the Russians had some things to do on the ground,” said a senior Turkish official.
Then there’s the loophole that allows Russia — or the U.S.-led coalition — to continue bombing ISIL and Jabhat al Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate, whose fighters are mixed with moderate rebels in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province.
And, above all, the skepticism about the cease-fire deal reflects the Turkish ruling establishment’s loss of confidence in Moscow’s negotiating partner in Syria — Washington. Officials in Ankara say they doubt the U.S. has the political will to see that this or any other agreement is upheld.
After nearly five years of watching Washington fumble the Syria crisis, Turkish officials say they are giving up on the Obama administration and will await its successor to craft a strategy for sorting out the Middle East’s expanding conflict.
It’s clear the Middle East is too dependent on America… but this wouldn’t be the case if we had competent leadership in the White House. Obama is no match for Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and Turkey is tired of waiting for our Campaigner-in-Chief to make wise decisions.
This is why elections matter. It’s critical that the next President in the White House is a powerful and intelligent voice on the world stage. This type of disgraceful embarrassment is unacceptable.
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