by Just An American | October 14, 2015 5:20 am
After President Barack Obama wasted $42 million for a now-canceled $500 million program for training and arming Syrian opposition forces, the majority of whom wound up either abandoning their posts or getting captured by the enemy, he got a brutal slap down from none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin with just a few words, has totally opened up a can on Obama…
“It would have been better to give us $500 million,” Putin said during a televised interview on Sunday, Bloomberg News reported. “At least we would have used it more effectively from the point of view of fighting international terrorism.”
Not surprisingly, the White House saw things differently. According to Fox News, the White House blamed its epic failure on Russia, arguing that Putin’s recently launched attacks in Syria had interfered with the opposition forces’ ability to get the job done.
Yet Russia had nothing to do with the New Syrian Forces, a U.S.-trained team of Syrian rebel fighters, literally handing its weapons over to Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra.
Nor did Russia have anything to do with the fact that, according to Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of U.S. Central Command, only “four or five” opposition fighters were even on the battlefield last month, before Putin’s forces began attacking.
The fact is that Obama screwed up all by himself. Given how successful Putin’s strikes in Syria have been thus far, it seems that Putin had a legitimate point.
Instead of making excuses for his failures, perhaps Obama should take some notes from Putin. He could potentially learn something.
How giving 500 million to train up Syrian forces EVER seemed like a good plan in the first place….beats the hell out of me.
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