On September 30, President Barack Obama and the President of the Russian
Federation, Vladimir Putin, came to the United Nations headquarters and clashed over their
opposing views about how to take action in Syria. While both presidents agree that they need to
work together to bring peace to the Middle East, neither one one of them is willing to
compromise and create a solution that will benefit everyone.
The two presidents greatly disagree when it comes to how to handle Bashar alAssad. Assad is the President of Syria and the CommanderinChief of the Syrian Armed Forces. Putin
wants to keep him ruling over Syria, while Obama strongly disagrees. This conflict has been
preventing the two countries from coming together and creating a strategy that would resolve
the conflicts in the Middle East. “Mr. Putin talked about mounting a broad effort to support Syria’s president, Bashar al-
Assad, as the best bulwark against the spread of the Islamic State and other radical groups,
even though the White House has said Mr. Assad has to leave power if there is to be a political
solution in Syria,” said New York Times correspondents Michael Gordon and Gardiner Harris.
Obama has agreed to ally with Putin because he believes that this alliance could greatly
benefit the two countries and help resolve the conflict.
“The United States is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to
resolve the conflict,” said President Obama, who spoke before Putin. “But we must recognize
that there cannot be, after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a return to the prewar status
On the other hand, Putin is not as content with Obama’s proposal and suggestions of an
alliance. Putin proposed a global alliance to rebuild the Syrian state and to wage war against
ISIS. He also mocked the U.S. failure to deploy moderate opposition fighters in Syria to fight the
terror organization, also know as the Islamic State. The only actions Obama and Putin have
agreed to take together is fighting ISIS. “Mr. Obama came away from the meeting with clarity on Russia’s intentions in Syria, a
senior administration official said, which the U.S. believes is to fight Islamic State militants,” said
Wall Street Journal correspondents Carol Lee and Farnaz Fassihi.
The only conflicts that stand in the way of the United States taking action is Putin’s
alliance with Iran. Iran and Russia have been working together to provide support to Assad, but
to also counter the U.S. policies in the Middle East. Although this is a huge conflict, the three
countries have agreed to share intelligence about ISIS and work together to fight the Islamic
As of now the Pentagon has communicated directly with the Russian Air Force and the
two have even been testing a new strategy to ensure that the two sides’ parallel campaigns do
not boil over into conflict. The U.S. and Russia have come to an agreement that although they
have different views and different agendas, the main goal now is to defeat the Islamic State and
the only way to do so is to work together.
Putin has sent over 4,000 troops and missile systems to Syria, suspecting that ISIS had
bombed the Russian passenger commercial airplane that went down in Egypt and killed all 223
passengers. After further investigation, investigators in Egypt have come to a conclusion that
ISIS could very well be responsible for the plane crash tragedy in Egypt. At the moment, Putin
has still not made up his mind on how to react to the apparent bombing of the Russian plane.
Speaking to a conference of international politicians and analysts last month, Putin said
Russia’s move in Syria was a preemptive strike. Putin’s actions are still not certain, but the
outcome could greatly affect Russia’s alliance with the United States