The ceasefire hammered out between the United States and Russia for southwestern Syria is a spectacular feat in the wake of the failed foreign policies of the Obama administration, Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.
"It is absolutely monumental," Gorka told Newsmax's Steve Malzberg.
"Thanks to the leading-from-behind policies, disastrous policies of the Obama administration, the Middle East collapsed. It wasn't just ISIS [the Islamic State] in Iraq, it was Libya, it was Syria. In Syria alone, just Syria, the last six years we've seen almost half a million people killed. Half a million.
"It is essential that major nations be involved in stopping that violence, and if we can have this Russian, American, Jordanian, Israeli initiative stabilize the region, it is a godsend for everybody included. Not just Christians, not just minorities, but for also the Arabs and Muslims of the region."
Gorka called the ceasefire a team effort involving "Arab actors, Muslim actors, Israel, America, and Russia on board. That's how you get things done."
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He also said it was a prime example of "real news."
"This is what Americans care about," Gorka told Malzberg. "They're not interested in Russia, they don't believe the collusion, the hoax that is being spread.
"But when we have the second largest city in Iraq, Mosul, liberated with Iraqi forces on the front line . . . just think about what that means for the broader war against radical Islamic terrorism. Mosul is the city which after the Obama administration removed the troops from Iraq in 2011.
"This is the city, where in 2014, ISIS [and its chief] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the reestablishment of the caliphate, the theocratic empire of Islam. This is the epicenter of the global jihadi movement, and that caliphate has now been crushed. It's not the end of the war, but it's an incredibly significant start."
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