Obama Warns Putin: Remember The Lessons Of Afghanistan Before Getting Involved In Syria

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President Obama had some harsh (and ironic) words of warning about the Syrian Civil War to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a press conference in Paris on Monday morning.

"The Russians have been there for several weeks, maybe a month," the president said about Syria. And "the situation hasn't changed significantly."

"With Afghanistan fresh in the memory," Obama says, for Putin "to simply get bogged down in an inconclusive and paralyzing civil conflict is not the outcome that he is looking for."

"In the interim, Russia has lost a commercial passenger jet, you've seen another jet shot down, there have been losses in terms of Russian personel."

"There is not going to be a military solution in Syria."

Transcript:

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: There is not going to be a military solution in Syria. The Russians have been there for several weeks, maybe a month, and I think fair minded reporters who've looked at the situation would say the situation hasn't changed significantly.

In the interim, Russia has lost a commercial passenger jet, you've seen another jet shot down, there have been losses in terms of Russian personel.

And I think that Mr. Putin remembers, with Afghanistan fresh in the memory, for him to simply get bogged down in an inconclusive and paralyzing civil conflict is not the outcome that he is looking for.


You will remember that the American response to Russia's invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s was to help finance and arm the insurgent organization which eventually came to be known as al-Qaeda which drove the Russians out of Afghanistan, helped found the Taliban, planned and carried out 9/11, and has now morphed into the so-called Islamic State.

U.S. and NATO forces continue to fight the Soviet war against radical Islam in Afghanistan to this day.

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