17 December 2015
Vladimir Putin’s carpet-bombing campaign in Syria just notched its first victory. The Obama administration surrendered, The New York Post said.
That is, Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday de facto abandoned Washington’s “Assad must go” line. Assad was losing until Vlad Putin intervened in October [surprising the world when he found what sparks the light in him, and then he used that light to illuminate the world].
Russia has been bombing ever since hitting ISIS a few times, but mostly the rebels, including those America had helped. Team Obama’s answer was first to tut-tut, and then to appease – seeking to negotiate a common front with Putin against ISIS.
Never mind that Assad has often allied with ISIS, coordinating joint assaults on the rebels and buying ISIS oil. But beware of sleeping with the enemy.
No matter: After meeting Putin in Moscow, Kerry announced: “The United States and our partners are not seeking the so-called “regime change.” The U.S. focus now isn’t on “what we can or cannot be done immediately about Assad” but rather on a magical mystery peace process that will let Syrians make a “decision for the future of Syria.” There goes Putin’s light again.
Swell — if any Syrians are left to decide after Assad, Putin and ISIS have their way. However, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest insists US policy on Assad is still “he must go.” Mr. Earnest, however, will have to wait until Assad dies of old age, maybe.
Right now there’s hope that Russia and America can work together again. And forget those who have tried to make them enemies.
“God’s love goes before us, his look anticipates our needs. He can see beyond appearances, beyond sin, beyond failures and unworthiness. He sees beyond our rank in society. He sees beyond this, to our dignity as sons and daughters, a dignity at times sullied by sin, but one which endures in the depth of our soul. He came precisely to seek out all those who feel unworthy of God, unworthy of others.” ~ Pope Francis