What really went on in that short one-on-one meeting between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the United Nations Monday?
Americans may never know, but since that meeting, it’s becoming apparent who’s in charge in Syria, and it’s not the United States.
Appearing on “Special Report” Tuesday, Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer blamed the unprecedented “utter passivity of the United States” while the Islamic State added 7,000 jihadis to their ranks in the last few months.
“The real story is…what happened at the U.N.,” he said, “Putin essentially stepped in and took over Syria. He’s now the leader.”
Two weeks ago, U.S. officials were warning that a Russian buildup in Syria was doomed to failure, Krauthammer explained. Now, those same officials have accepted that the Russians are there to stay.
And now Russia is truly calling the shots.
Fox News reported Wednesday that Russian officials have demanded that American warplanes “exit Syrian airspace immediately,” according to a senior U.S. official.
The official told Fox News that Russian diplomats sent an official demarche ordering U.S. planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory. U.S. military sources told Fox News that U.S. planes would not comply with the Russian demand.
A “demarche” is a formal diplomatic initiative made by one nation to another.
Watch Krauthammer’s remarks below.