French President François Hollande came to Washington to meet with Obama. They projected a message of unity, not only against the terrorism of the Islamic State, but also against Russian President Vladimir Putin's approach to Syria.
“This barbaric terrorist group, ISIL or Daesh, and its murderous ideology, pose a serious threat to all of us. It cannot be tolerated, it must be destroyed, and we must do it together. This is the unity of purpose that brings us here today," Obama said. ISIL and Daesh are synonyms for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
But after their private meeting, the two western leaders unveiled no strategy shift in the military campaign against ISIS, instead pledging modest steps like intensified air strikes and better intelligence sharing, including about airline passengers bound to the U.S. from Europe. They reiterated their opposition to placing foreign combat forces on the ground, and restated their support for a political settlement to Syria's civil war.
Hollande is in a very difficult position. He is seeking help from a varied group of nations, only one of which has a leader that has a proven record of being trustworthy. Included in this group that have declared their desire to have ISIS destroyed would be Iraq, Iran, Syria, Russia, and the United States.
Hollande cannot rely on Iraq. Iraq is fighting for its own existence and is one of the countries from whom ISIS has taken territory. Hollande can only hope that Iraq would be able to commit some ground troops to the inevitable ground war that must take place to destroy ISIS.
Iran is also fighting ISIS which is Sunni and considers Shia’s apostate. Iran is predominantly Shia. Iran is fighting ISIS to protect itself. At the same time Iran is also spreading terrorism throughout the Middle East and the world. Iran is funding Islamic Radical Terrorist groups and has proven it cannot be trusted. Already Iran has broken the agreement Obama and Kerry negotiated with them so Obama could give funds to Iran so they could continue to spread terrorism and develop nuclear weapons. Hollande cannot count on Iran or trust Iran.
Syria is in the middle of a civil war and at the same time fighting ISIS. Assad is in no position to give meaningful assistance since he is fighting for his own existence and has proven time and time again he cannot be trusted.
Russia came into Syria to help Assad retain his position as dictator of Syria. Russia is now also fighting ISIS after ISIS placed a bomb in a Russian passenger plane killing everybody on board. Putin is seeking revenge against ISIS but has proven time and time again he will always act in what he consider is best for him and Russia. Putin will do this even if it means not keeping his word to other leaders. Hollande cannot trust nor rely on Putin.
The United States is involved in a Junior Varsity air war against ISIS. The Obama regime is conducting an extremely limited campaign and even warns ISIS before bombs are dropped telling ISIS when and where the bombs will be dropped. Obama has conducted this limited air war because of domestic politics not because he believes in it. At the same time Obama is making this restricted gesture, he aides and enables his Islamic Jihadist brethren. The Obama regime justified one attack on French citizens by Islamic Jihadists. Obama has also stated that “climate warming, cooling, change” is much more of a threat than the terror of his Islamic Jihadist brethren. In addition, like Putin, Iran, and Assad, Obama has proven time and time again he is a liar and cannot be trusted.
Fortunately or Hollande the British will be voting to determine if they will support the French in their fight against Obama’s brethren, the Islamic Jihadists. David Cameron and the British, if they commit, will keep their commitment. Cameron is a person of integrity and understands the serious threat the French and all of Western Europe are facing today. The British are aware they can count on the French if and when they are attacked. The British are aware they must help those who will help them and those they can trust. Iraq, Iran, Syria, Russia, and the United States under Obama are not in that category.