I am not surprised that NATO was surprised, After all, Obama scoffed at Romney when he called Russia our biggest threat. And Obama is the only expert on everything in the government.
Now what is he going to do? He came out this week and said, again, that Assad must go. He painted the red line again, at a time when Russia arrives in order to keep Assad in power. That reset really worked, didn’t it?
My guess is that Obama will stop the air strikes in Syria for fear of risking a confrontation with Russia. Assad stays in power but will not be strong enough to destroy ISIS. A stalemate between the two will develop and will last as long as Russia is there. However, the islamic state will grow in power and will threaten to move to the south, toward Lebanon, Jordan and….Israel. Russia’s support of Assad will force that as will Iran’s support of what is left of Iraq. ISIS will consolidate their control of Iraqi territory and will be able to move their forces south to threaten Jordan and Saudi Arabia and…Israel. A pincer movement against Israel.
Obama will move US forces out of Jordan for fear of confronting ISIS. If ISIS overruns Jordan or part of Saudi Arabia, or both, what will Israel do? Pray that they have enough conventional forces to protect themselves. Pray that ISIS does not use chemical weapons against Israel.
NATO Caught ‘Surprised’ By Russia’s Move Into Syria
September 10, 2015
Intelligence chief says the alliance members can’t even agree whether Moscow or ISIS is the greater threat — and there’s not enough ISR to go around.