Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
2nd December, 2015
The famous American journalist Charles Krauthammer has strongly criticized the words of Barack Obama on Russia’s participation in the Syrian conflict.
“Obama said he understands the national security interests of the Russian Federation, and for Putin, at some point enlightenment will come, Putin will eventually change its position and join us. For a guy who doesn’t understand the U.S’ own national interests, this is an amazing statement,” said Krauthammer, speaking in a Special Report on Fox News.
The journalist drew attention to Obama’s words on the Afghan conflict. From the point of view of the American President, Putin, when making decision about the level of their participation in the Syrian conflict, should take into account “memories” about Afghanistan. Krauthammer noted that the U.S, not Russia, are “stuck” in Afghanistan. “The Russians left Afghanistan 25 years ago. Obama has been leading the country for seven years. In addition, 76 percent of combat casualties in Afghanistan have occurred during his presidency, and there is no doubt that our current position is weaker than it was seven years ago,” the journalist explains.
“So when he tries to give lectures to Putin about national interests and difficult situations, he’s walking on thin ice”, concluded Krauthammer.
From September 30th, Russia, at the request of President Bashar al-Assad, began to apply pinpoint strikes on the assets of the “Islamic State” (in Russia they are known by the Arabic acronym – DAESH) and “Jabhat al-Nusra” in Syria. During this time, aerospace forces, with the participation of ships of the Caspian flotilla, destroyed several hundred terrorists and more than 3 thousand objects belonging to the terrorists.
Speaking at a press conference in Paris, Barack Obama said that the situation in Syria after the intervention of Russia “has not changed significantly”.