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Another day, another ‘Obama administration caught off guard by…’ story

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By Doug Powers  •  September 29, 2015 10:11 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

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At the end of Obama’s eight years in office, somebody should attempt to add up all the times his administration was “caught off guard,” “shocked,” “stunned,” “unaware,” “clearly not expecting that to happen,” “flummoxed by” and “not prepared for…” Here’s another to add to the lengthy list:

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This bunch could get caught off guard by the sun rising in the east:

For the second time this month, Russia moved to expand its political and military influence in the Syria conflict and left the United States scrambling, this time by reaching an understanding, announced on Sunday, with Iraq, Syria and Iran to share intelligence about the Islamic State.

Like Russia’s earlier move to bolster the government of President Bashar al-Assad by deploying warplanes and tanks to a base near Latakia, Syria, the intelligence-sharing arrangement was sealed without notice to the United States. American officials knew that a group of Russian military officers were in Baghdad, but they were clearly surprised when the Iraqi military’s Joint Operations Command announced the intelligence sharing accord on Sunday.

It was another sign that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was moving ahead with a sharply different tack from that of the Obama administration in battling the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, by assembling a rival coalition that includes Iran and the Syrian government.

Putin doesn’t bother to run these things by Obama because of that promised second term flexibility.

**Written by Doug Powers

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