Russian President Vladimir Putin recently deployed military forces to Syria to help prop up embattled dictator Bashar al-Assad and also to battle the Islamic State terror group that has set up a Caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
The move was already humiliating to President Barack Obama, as it revealed the weakness and ineptitude of his foreign policies, but Russia just decided to add insult to injury.
The Russians are now publicly calling out Obama for his weak military campaign against the upstart Islamic Caliphate, wondering why so little has been done against them over the past year. They are also pushing back against accusations they are attacking U.S.-backed rebels fighting Assad.
“[Senator] McCain accused us of striking out at U.S.-trained insurgents… However, since they have either run away or joined al-Qaeda, hitting them is a mission impossible,” tweeted Alexi Pushkov, head of Russia’s international affairs committee.
Pushkov also called out Obama’s so-called air campaign against the Islamic State group in an interview with France’s Europe 1 Radio, according to Sputnik News.
“The U.S.-led coalition spent a whole year pretending they were striking ISIL targets, but where are the results of these strikes?” asked Puskov.
Pushkov’s remarks are not off-base either, as Obama has received plenty of criticism over his supposed efforts to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, something that obviously has not happened yet.
In fact, earlier this year Max Boot of the Council on Foreign Relations wrote critically in Newsweek about Obama’s air campaign to defeat the radical jihadists, saying, “Obama’s strategy in Syria and Iraq is not working… [because] the U.S. bombing campaign against ISIS has been remarkably restrained.”
According to figures compiled by the CFR, the U.S.-led air campaign has dropped an average of 43 bombs per day on Islamic State group targets, a far cry from the approximate 6,163 per day during the 1991 invasion of Iraq to free Kuwait, or even the roughly 1,000 plus bombs per day during the 2003 invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.