Senior military leaders are pushing for the U.S. to send more troops to Europe on a rotating basis in an effort to counter Russian aggression, they said at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California over the weekend.
Russia continues to launch airstrikes against U.S.-backed rebels in Syria despite claims by Moscow that it is primarily targeting the Islamic State terrorist group, according to reports.
A former Obama administration official who worked on foreign policy said that the president is causing the U.S. to act as if it is “totally impotent” in the face of Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Syria.
President Obama said something bizarre about foreign policy during his appearance on 60 Minutes over the weekend. Pressed by Stever Kroft on whether Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and Syria (where Russian bombers are targeting U.S.-backed forces) posed a “challenge” to his leadership, the president rejected the premise of the question [emphasis added]:
Support for Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Middle East appears to have grown since Moscow began its military intervention in Syria in an alleged attempt to combat the Islamic State.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has encountered resistance from Belarus as he pushes to establish an air base there, which would mark the first complete Russian military base in the country since the Cold War.