Russia’s dominance in the war against the Islamic State group in Syria has angered many, especially retired 4-star Army Gen. Jack Keane.
On Thursday, Keane testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee to make all Americans aware of what really happening in the Middle East.
“Putin has begun a proxy war with the United States,” he said, referring to Russia’s strikes against CIA-backed rebel forces in Syria in addition to their bombing of Islamic State group infrastructure.
“How can the United States stand by and do nothing?” Keane asked during his fiery testimony, suggesting that President Barack Obama order strategic retaliatory strikes to match Russia’s aggression in the region.
Keane, who serves as the chairman of the Institute for the Study of War, knows exactly what the future holds as long as the United States stands by and continues to do nothing.
He said Putin, believing U.S. and European leadership to be weak, “is counting on the U.S. fear of escalation and fear of confrontation to stop any thought of retaliation.”
“Historically, aggression unanswered, has led to more aggression.”
“If we continue to wring our hands and continue to be dominated by fear as opposed to instilling fear, then Russian aggression will not just advance in the Middle East — it will with certainty escalate in the Baltics and Eastern Europe,” he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategic maneuvering in the region, along with his obvious mission to back up his ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is cause for concern for the future and for the United States’ reputation, at least while under Obama’s leadership.