Russia Says U.S. Policies Helped Islamic State


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U.S. actions in the Middle East helped Islamic State to gain influence, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, according to Interfax.
The strengthening of Islamic State “became possible partly due to irresponsible U.S. politics” that focused on fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad instead of joining efforts to root out terrorism, Medvedev was cited as saying in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. President Barack Obama earlier on Sunday said that Russia is facing a strategic choice as Assad can’t stay. The Obama administration declined to comment Sunday on Medvedev’s statement.
The U.S. contributed to the strengthening of al-Qaeda, which led to the events of Sept. 11, Interfax reported, citing Medvedev. The terrorist threat can only be fought jointly, he said.

Medvedev and Obama met in the Malaysian capital at the East Asia Summit that followed a week of talks and conferences in Asia dominated by the battle against terrorism. The United Nations on Friday unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for countries to take “all necessary measures” to combat Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Russia Says U.S. Policies Helped Islamic State, Interfax Reports - Bloomberg Business

I tend to agree. obama has gone out of his way to weaken and even wreak this nation.


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The Russians are right - unfortunately!


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It sickens me that Vlad has a better grip on reality than does BHO. If Vlad manages to squash ISIS, he won’t, then, pick up Russia’s toys and go home. For the US, BHO has created a lose-lose situation.


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It all depends on obama’s perspective doesn’t it? Under obama the world has turned more dangerous and he is trying to weaken america


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So should we have helped Assad? That’s where their criticism is being laid.


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Obama should have left Assad alone. He should have realized that a power vacuum, chaos, is the kind of environment in which groups like A-Q thrive.

The lesser of two evils is still evil. But when those really are the only choices putting up with the lesser leaves more room for something better to develop.


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Should have stayed out Libya too. And should have backed the Egyptian government over the Muslim Brotherhood.


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obama has been on the wrong side of every conflict and is even said to be supporting the terrorists.


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Mind though, that the reason Obama has attempted to throw out Assad wasn’t because he’s “evil” or attacks indiscriminately. It was due to his regime’s use of Chemical weapons on vulnerable people.

Does this sort of act deserve a unique response from the rest of the world?


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I’ve never seen any kind of confirmation of this; just claims.


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We do know that they were used.

See, the funny thing is Assad was always our ally before.

We know chemical weapons left Iraq just before the invasion, and went to Syria. We did not know who had them. We now know that they were shipped not to Assad, but to former AQ members (now ISIS/ISIL whatever). They were the ones who used them, not Assad…

Funny how it all works.


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The strengthening of Islamic State “became possible partly due to irresponsible U.S. politics” that focused on fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad instead of joining efforts to root out terrorism, Medvedev was cited as saying in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Returning to the original claim, did the US fight in fact against Assad BEFORE ISIS? A lot of detractors say that the problem in Syria was caused by Obama not fighting against Assad.


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Used, yes; but if there was any confirmation as to who used them, I haven’t seen it.

On edit: Now I took the time to read the rest of your post… :awkward:


#14

The Arab Spring had far left so hopeful …


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Funny, isn’t it, how the left is “hopeful” when THEIR guy starts a war with another country that has done NOTHING to us, but denigrate any Republican who resumes a war with those who HAVE?


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Putin is right about the Middle East, as usual. This is from September: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/putin-realize-done-161731547.html

Russian President Vladimir Putin told the U.N. on Monday that those who supported democratic revolutions in the Middle East are to blame for the rise of a globally ambitious Islamic State.

“Instead of the triumph of democracy and progress, we got violence, poverty and social disaster — and nobody cares a bit about human rights, including the right to life,” Putin said through a translator. “I cannot help asking those who have forced that situation: Do you realize what you have done?”

The Russian president added that the power vacuum following these revolutions led to the rise of terrorist groups in the region — including the Islamic State group.

He told the United Nations General Assembly it would be an “enormous mistake” not to cooperate with the Syrian government to combat the extremist group.

“No one but President (Bashar) Assad’s armed forces and Kurdish militia are truly fighting the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations in Syria,” he said.