U.S. general claims Russia 'hitting almost no ISIS targets'
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely says there’s no doubt Russia is running the show in Syria, and Vallely believes the only successful path forward is convincing Vladimir Putin to abandon the Assad regime for the good of Russia and the region.
Vallely recently spent several days in Europe, evaluating the refugee crisis and meeting with key officials, most notably Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who serves as Putin’s chief envoy to Syria and the Middle East.
The general said Bogdanov didn’t say much but listened intently, and he certainly conveyed the belief that Putin is calling the shots in Syria.
“They know we have very weak leadership in the United States,” Vallely told WND and Radio America. “We have no strategy that works or will work in the Middle East. He knew that Russians were basically controlling the chessboard, and nothing will happen in Syria unless something is done with the Russians. That’s just the way it is.”
During their talks in Paris, Vallely laid out his multi-point plan for solving the Syrian crisis to Bogdanov.
“Nothing will happen in Syria … until Assad retires and is removed,” said Vallely, who urged the Russians to take several immediate steps.