Middle East Allies To Obama: “You’re Weak”
Allies of our in the Middle East are voicing their loud discontent with the leadership shown by Barack Obama in the fight against ISIS.
The frustration comes mostly from Obama’s refusal let our allies in the area send heavy arms to Kurdish fighters as they battle the Islamic State.
The Obama administration is said to be showing no backbone and allowing the Iraqi government to dictate terms. Now these Gulf nations are saying they will “go in alone” if the US, UK and other western allies don’t step up.
“If the Americans and the West are not prepared to do anything serious about defeating ISIS, then we will have to find new ways of dealing with the threat,” said a senior Arab government official. “With ISIS making ground all the time we simply cannot afford to wait for Washington to wake up to the enormity of the threat we face.”
The Kurds in Syria and northern Iraq are the only group that has shown progress in defeating ISIS but their army is a joke, made up of odd and ends equipment.
Will the administration begin to help these allies? Only time will tell.
The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.
Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades.
They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad.
High level officials from Gulf and other states have told this newspaper that all attempts to persuade Mr Obama of the need to arm the Kurds directly as part of more vigorous plans to take on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have failed. The Senate voted down one attempt by supporters of the Kurdish cause last month.
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