A US counter-terrorism analyst has said that Americans love Russian President Vladimir Putin for his strong stance against ISIS terrorists in Syria, and are very grateful towards Russia.
Scott Bennet, a former US army psychological warfare officer, told Iranian state media that Putin is the only world leader who has shown commitment at destroying Daesh in the Middle East.
Elsewhere in his remarks Bennett said, “As odd as it may sound, truly the American public has a new love affair with President Putin and Russia. The American public — although they may not say it — is very grateful and happy and celebratory towards President Putin.”
“They’re clapping their hands, and they are saying ‘thank you Mr. Putin’, and throwing flowers at his feet for going into Syria and destroying the ISIS terrorists that have been blamed for so much of mishap and confusion and destruction in Europe and in various parts of the United States,” he noted.
“So the Russian infiltration into Syria and takeover of that battle space is a very great favor to the people of the United States. So any country – really – that attacks Russia will not be on the good side of the American citizens,” he pointed out. “The mainstream media may not report this, but they don’t govern the heart of American citizens.”
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The crisis has claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people so far and displaced millions of others.
On September 30, Russia began its military campaign against Daesh terrorists and militants fighting against the Syrian government. Moscow has carried out scores of airstrikes, killing hundreds of terrorists.
The United States has accused Russia of targeting so-called moderate militants instead of ISIL terrorists. However, Russia has denounced the accusations as baseless, saying they are attacking both pro- and anti-Western terrorists in Syria.