Agree with the President Obama’s foreign policy approach with working with Europe in confronting Russian aggression in Ukraine. Continue to empower European leaders to stand up to Russia while letting them sort out what type of diplomatic solution can be sustained in order to create a Kievien government that is viable and in control of western Ukraine and most of eastern Ukraine. No, to sending any arms from the U.S. which will find there way to the rebels and strengthens Russia’s resolve to escalate the conflict in Ukraine. Unfortunately, this is heading more and more like a pre-Yugoslavia with which will lead to further turmoil until Ukrainians come to the table with Russia and Europe and separate the borders west and east Ukraine.
ISIS in Syria
This is where I differ strongly with President Obama and foreign policy. I would not authorize any U.S. boots on the ground inside Syria. I believe in training and equipping moderate Arabs who see their region and religion is being attacked and hijacked by the extremists Islamic group ISIS. More should be done by nations in the region as far as confronting ISIS in Syria from the Turks, Jordanians, Saudis, Iraqis, Lebanese, Kuwaitis, Egyptians, and other nations in the region. This means President Obama needs to form a coalition of the willing. If they aren’t willing then we need to just help strengthen our friends in the region and provide intelligence and receive intelligence on ISIS and, try to keep them in check at least contained within Syria.
Also prohibit travel and/or at least strongly warn journalists and aid workers they could be subject to brutal and barbarian acts that will be used by the group as heinous propaganda. The U.S. can’t help these people if they put themselves in reckless situations knowing the extreme danger that is going on in Syria.
In this Jan. 30, 2015 file photo, a Syrian Kurdish sniper looks at the rubble in the Syrian city of Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobani. Foreign fighters are streaming in unprecedented numbers to Syria and Iraq to battle for the Islamic State or other U.S. foes, including at least 3,400 from Western nations and 150 Americans, U.S. intelligence officials conclude. In all, more than 20,000 fighters have traveled to Syria from more than 90 countries, top intelligence officials will tell Congress this week. (AP Photo, File)