The United States has had a passive approach when it comes to dealing with Syria and its president, Bashar al-Assad.
First there was a red line pertaining to usage of chemical weapons against the civilian population. Then came a commitment to launching airstrikes that are offering limited measurable success.
According to The Washington Post, Russia is deploying troops into Syria with the intention of fighting the Islamic State. The Russian Foreign Minister issued this statement: “You cannot defeat Islamic State with airstrikes only. It’s necessary to cooperate with ground troops and the Syrian army is the most efficient and powerful ground force to fight ISIS.”
Russia is now issuing their own calls to form a coalition to fight the Islamic State. Russia’s proposal for their coalition would include Syria and Iran and request that the United States put aside their objections to Bashar al-Assad remaining in power for the time being.
However, the distraction is that Russia is fighting ISIS when in truth, Russia is stepping up to try and swipe America’s position as world leader.
Since the U.S. has failed to step up as a world leader for the last six years, Russia’s Vladimir Putin is more than happy to take the new world leader role and join forces with the enemies of the U.S.
The U.S. response, as issued by State Department spokesman John Kirby, believes that another coalition is unwarranted and noted that Russia is welcome to join the U.S.-led coalition, but that Syria and Iran are not.
The Russian force in Syria is still small in size, but represents the best trained troops on the ground in the region. This grants al-Assad the ability to stay afloat against Syrian rebel groups that do not have the same type of support that Russia is offering al-Assad.
Russia also sent their largest submarine to carry 20 ICBMS and 200 nuclear warheads to Syria, which has been under the radar because of how controversial their dangerous move of increasing military build-up in Syria would become.