Bolton: U.S. Is 'Barely a Bystander' as Russia, France Strike Syria
New reports indicate that Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his Navy to work with French forces in the fight against ISIS.
A group of French aircraft carriers is scheduled to arrive in the area soon.
French President Francois Hollande said yesterday that he wanted to speak with Putin and President Obama about the three nations working together.
Hollande is scheduled to visit Russia on Nov. 26, two days after a scheduled visit to the U.S.
Bill Hemmer reported this morning that the French have carried out more than 300 airstrikes targeting ISIS in the last 48 hours.
Meantime, Moscow has carried out 2,300 sorties against Syrian targets, which includes anti-Assad groups supported by the United States, along with ISIS.
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton said on "America's Newsroom" that the fast-moving developments involving France and Russia highlight the "lack of effective American involvement" in the region.
"Into the vacuum that we are creating, France and Russia are moving for their own reasons," said Bolton.
He noted that Putin has now acknowledged that a Russian airliner was brought down over Egypt by a terrorist bombing, killing 224 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
"We are not the dominant player anymore. We are barely a bystander," Bolton said, pointing out that U.S. airstrikes have increased in recent days mainly because of "political pressure."
Watch his analysis above.