Obama: US will not make ‘proxy war’ with Russia over Syria

Obama: US will not make ‘proxy war’ with Russia over Syria

Source: Obama: US will not make ‘proxy war’ with Russia over Syria – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama on Friday warned Russia that its bombing campaign to support Syrian President Bashar Assad will suck Moscow into a quagmire that will be hard to get out of.

“An attempt by Russia and Iran to prop up Assad and try to pacify the population is just going to get them stuck in a quagmire and it won’t work,” Obama told a White House news conference.

He said Russia is also failing to distinguish between Islamic State and more moderate insurgents in Syria.

“From their perspective, they’re all terrorists,” Obama said. “And that’s a recipe for disaster.”

Russia bombed Syria on Friday for a third straight day, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it has said it was targeting, and drawing an increasingly angry response from the West.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch strikes on Syria marks a dramatic escalation of foreign involvement in a more than four-year-old civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake.

Obama said he would not turn the Syrian civil war into a “proxy war” between the United States and Russia.

“We’re not going to make Syria into a proxy war between the United States and Russia. This is not some superpower chessboard contest,” Obama said. “This is not some superpower chessboard contest.”

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16 Comments on “Obama: US will not make ‘proxy war’ with Russia over Syria”

  1. John Prophet Says:

    As foretold, good old Uncle Sam feet up on the footstool eating popcorn watching good old puty-put get sucked into the quagmire.

    WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama on Friday warned Russia that its bombing campaign to support Syrian President Bashar Assad will suck Moscow into a quagmire that will be hard to get out of.

    Good gracious how does JP know all this stuff in advance….

  2. John Prophet Says:

    Joop, me thinks you’ve been in the jungle with the bonobos far too long.

  3. wingate Says:

    ……says the black, muslim ”president” in the WH……..wow…!
    the one who never served in the army ( at least not the US army….), the one who is not able to prove he is born in the USA, the one who talks about his ”muslim faith” , the one who only qualifies in reading from the telepromter what his masters have prepared….The ”commander in chief” ( US soldiers : who do you like your indonesian muslim ”commander in chief ”? Ready to follow his orders ? ) of a US air force who isnot capable ( or should we say willing ) to stamp out the IS hordes in syria, an air force which just bombed a hospital in Afghanistan…..Poor americans – what happened to you ?


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