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Krauthammer’s Take: The Obama Administration Just Gave Putin Syria

Charles Krauthammer said tonight that the Obama Administration went from two weeks ago warning Russia intervening in Syria “was doomed to fail” to today having “not only accepted it – we welcome it as a fight against ISIS.”

Commenting on a new congressional report detailing how more than 7,000 foreign fighters have joined ISIS in the last three months alone, Krauthammer said on Wednesday’s Special Report that “this is, it is historically unprecedented,” and that al Qaeda never enjoyed such rapid growth.

“But what’s also unprecedented is the utter passivity of the United States. The real story this week is what happened at the U.N., where Putin essentially stepped in and took over Syria,” Krauthammer continued. “He’s now the leader.”

“And we concede essentially that Assad will say under the protection of the Russians,” Krauthammer said. “And the irony is that the Russians aren’t in there to fight ISIS. The Russians are in there to support Assad, establish their dominance in the region to bring in Iran and to establish military facilities. They have no interest in fighting Assad.”

“The Russians launched a half a dozen drones earlier this week over Western Hamid and over Latakia,” he said. “In not one of those areas is there a single ISIS fighter. This isn’t about the Russians taking on ISIS. This is about the Russians taking over Syria and keeping Assad as a client in place. That’s what happened even as the administration sputters because it has no idea what to do.”

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