Palmyra is an ancient city in Syria. A world historical site. And then the Islamic State took over and started bulldozing and blowing up priceless treasures. It was diabolical.
This weekend, Palmyra was freed, by Russian air power, providing cover for Syrian regime soldiers.
Now, being "liberated" by Bashar Assad is an oxymoron. He’s a dictator. And Vladimir Putin wants to build a new Russian empire, with Syria as a part of it.
Be that as it may: the Islamic State has just lost a real city, and they lost a symbol too.
But the U.S. State Department wasn’t celebrating. They don’t like Putin and Assad. I get it. Obama could probably crush the Islamic State in weeks. But politically, the Nobel Peace Prize winner just didn’t want to.
Me? I’m glad the Islamic State is out of Palmyra. And I suspect you’ll see a lot more of this — Syrian and Iranian troops, with Russian jets — conquering a lot more of Syria, and maybe even Iraq too, while Barack Obama dances the tango in Argentina.