How can Obama possibly defeat terrorism when he consistently denies its motivating and guiding ideology?
His repeated claims that the Islamic State can only be defeated if Assad is removed is based on the assumption that ISIS is not Islamic, and is just an opposition group to Assad, so that if Assad is gone, the Islamic State will vanish. Putin’s view is more realistic: he knows ISIS is Islamic, and claims to be the caliphate, and has global ambitions. He knows that if Assad falls, the Islamic State will be the main beneficiary.
As I explained here, Putin’s view is based on reality, Obama’s on fantasy. So Putin is leading the war on terror now.
“UN meeting: Obama chairs counter-terrorism summit,” BBC, September 29, 2015:
The US president is chairing a UN gathering of world leaders to discuss counter-terrorism, seeking support for the fight against Islamic State (IS).
Barack Obama said defeating the group in Syria would only be possible if President Bashar al-Assad stepped down.
Ahead of the meeting, the US said it was imposing new sanctions on IS figures aimed at cutting off their sources of financing.
The meeting is being held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Ahead of the counter-terrorism meeting, the US imposed sanctions and penalties on 35 individuals and groups, which include four British and three French citizens.
The terrorist designations cover a wide range of nationalities, meant to highlight the global nature of the IS threat, reports the BBC’s Barbara Plett Usher in New York.
Among them are four British nationals, including two women. One is Aqsa Mahmood, who is described as an IS recruiter and member of an IS female police unit; and Sally Jones, the wife of an IS hacker killed recently in a drone strike.
Russia, which is president of the UN Security Council for the month, will chair its own meeting on Wednesday on countering extremism.
On Tuesday, Russia criticised the US counter-terrorism summit at the United Nations, calling it disrespectful.
“This initiative seriously undermines UN efforts in this direction,” Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies….