President Obama shared a tense exchange with Russian premier Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in China this morning as the two failed to agree over a ceasefire in Syria.
They were pictured shaking hands in an icy encounter at the gathering of leaders from the world’s twenty biggest economies in Hangzou.
It comes after weeks of talks between US and Russian diplomats have failed to turn up an agreement on bringing peace to the war-torn country.
Russia is firmly backing barrel-bombing dictator Bashar Al-Assad, providing military assistance and war planes.
America is on the side of what it calls “moderate” anti-Assad rebels and Kurdish forces leading the ground fight against ISIS.
The Kurds and Assad have a common enemy: the Islamic State. However, Obama has worked to undermine and even throw leaders in Arab countries including Mubarak in Egypt and Gadhafi in Libya. The chaos the United States aided and abetted has destabilized nations, helped the Islamic State rise, and unleashed an invasion of Europe by Arab Muslims, many of whom are refugees and many of whom are infiltrators.
Oddly enough, lefties made the destabilization helping terrorists argument against removing Saddam Hussein. In retrospect, they were correct. A more diplomatic approach may have ended Hussein's sponsorship of terrorism against Israel, and helped contain Iran. At any rate, Obama's withdrawal of troops from Iraq paved the way to Iran's rise as a super-power.
A generation ago, the United States was the last remaining super-power. Fools in the Bush and Clinton administration declared the End of History, and talked about the Peace Dividend. We piddled away our lead. Now Russia, China, and Iran have risen and may surpass us someday in might. Certainly under Obama's chinless regime, they surpassed us in influence.