Senator Graham: Obama Losing Ground on Two Fronts in Mideast
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham strongly slammed President Obama for his poor performance in the Middle East developments, saying his administration has “surrendered on two fronts” in the region.
In a Sunday interview with Fox News, Graham said, “Here’s what the president has done basically, he’s surrendered on two fronts. His goal of degrading and destroying ISIS (also known as ISIL or Daesh), this strategy will not work. At the end of the day Barack Obama has turned out to be a completely incompetent commander-in-chief. He doesn’t listen to sound military advice, leaving Iraq too soon led to the rise of ISIS. And John Kerry is completely delusional man. What we’re about to accomplish is to turn Syria over to Russia and Iran, and to make sure that we never destroy ISIS on Obama’s watch, and pass this mess on to the next president.”
He added, “I see Russia and Iran mopping the floor with Obama and Kerry. Russia is all in with Iran to support Assad. President Obama said Assad must go. The Russians say no, he will stay… .They (Russian) have never been stronger since 1973."
“Assad is winning. We’re losing… Is this the change we are hoping for? Iran is just slapping Obama and Kerry in the face.”
The US and some of its allies have been reportedly carrying out air raids against what they say are ISIL positions in Iraq since August 2014. Since last September, some members of the US-led coalition have also been pounding purported ISIL positions inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.
Many regional countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which have joined the so-called anti-terror coalition, have been the supporters of the Takfiri groups.
The ISIL militants currently control some parts of Syria and Iraq. They also have sparse presence elsewhere, including in Libya.