The president of the U.S., Barack Obama, has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin against creating a personal involvement in Syria’s civil war. Obama suggested that Putin is completely aware of the dangers that will be created in Russia as a result of his input.
“I think Mr. Putin understands that … with Afghanistan fresh in the memory, for him to simply get bogged down in an inconclusive and paralyzing civil conflict is not the outcome that he’s looking for,” said Barack Obama in a statement in Paris.
Obama has made it evident that he does not believe that what Putin is doing is wrong, as his aim is a political resolution to the conflict in Syria. There is still uncertainty in regards to Bashar al-Assad’s Presidency, and the United States insists he steps down as part of a political and logical transition. Obama strongly believes that the reality in Syria could alter Putin’s mindset and method of approach.
“I think it is possible over the next several months that we both see a shift in calculation in the Russians and a recognition that it’s time to bring the civil war in Syria to a close,” Obama said. “It’s not going to be easy.”
Obama’s ISIS strategy must include new ways of removing the finances behind the terrorist organization. He is confident after leaving the major climate change conference, that the strategies he has in place to conquer this problem are going to work, and that everything is moving forward well.
At the end of Barack Obama’s visit to Paris, he said was “confident that we can continue building momentum and adding resources to our effort to degrade and ultimately destroy” the terrorist organization that was behind the Paris attacks that took place last month.
He said that the climate conference resulted in a “remarkable display of resolve” for France. He also made a comparison of the problems with ISIS to trying to eradicate global warming.
“In some ways it’s akin to the problem of terrorism,” Obama said. “In the immediate aftermath of a terrible attack like happened here in Paris, sometimes it’s natural for people to despair. But look at Paris. You can’t tear down Paris because of the demented actions of a handful of individuals. The beauty, the joy, the life, the culture, the people, the diversity. That’s going to win out every time.”
Barack Obama was one of over a hundred world leaders that met outside the city to conclude ideas on reducing carbon emissions worldwide. He confirmed the drastic results of global warming and urged countries to start working on the reduction of carbon emissions.
“If we let the world keep warming as fast as it is, and sea levels rising as fast as they are, and weather patterns keep shifting in more unexpected ways, then before long we are going to have to devote more and more and more of our economic and military resources not to growing opportunity for our people but to adapting to the various consequences of a changing planet,” Obama said.
The best result of the Paris climate meeting will be a “legally binding” mechanism to make sure countries stick to the commitments they have made to reduce carbon emissions.
There has been dispute over the “legally binding” pact, as it would require Congressional approval as a more informal agreement could be easily undone by the next president. Obama, however, disregarded that happening, predicting a Democratic successor who would maintain anything that is revealed over the duration of the climate conference.
“I’m anticipating a Democrat succeeding me. I’m confident in the wisdom of the American people on that front,” he said. “But even if somebody from a different party succeeded me, one of the things you find is when you’re in this job, you think about it differently than if you’re just running for the job.”
“Everybody else is taking climate change really seriously,” he said. “They think it’s a really big problem. It spans political parties.”
While attending his news conference, Obama reiterated his ideas for tighter gun laws after the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic last week. He made a point that gun sprees like the one in Colorado do not happen in other countries around the world, and he hopes that the shooting, that killed three, created a realization about the dangers of firearms.
“At the end of the day, Congress, states, local governments are going to have to act to ensure we are preventing people who are deranged or have violent tendencies” from obtaining dangerous weapons, Obama said, also saying he is open to a debate on abortion rights, saying it is a “serious” issue.
But he stressed the fact that those with differing views “talk about it accurately” and not “demonize” Planned Parenthood.