As usual Adam’s ruminations about why the Russians would finally agree to participate in an international conference on Syria are interesting but I think the more interesting question is why the Obama Administration is so desperate to hold an international conference in the first place. Whether you favor a foreign policy based on values or on interests or on a little bit of both, how is the United States better off by inviting the Russians to, in effect, help forge American policy?
Its one thing to lead from behind by following the British or the French, it is quite another to allow the Russians to lead you on a leash.
During the War in Iraq, opponents of the war ridiculed Tony Blair as George Bush’s poodle. It seems that President Obama is determined to do everything possible to distinguish himself from George Bush; it looks like he’s decided that the best way to do that is to become Vladimir Putin’s poodle. It’s too bad that the rest of us are destined to pick up the puppy s**t.
“…the protraction of the war in Syria is complicating Russian relations with Israel and with the broader Middle East….”
is neither silly nor funny, at least as regards Israel, where the largest Russian-speaking population (and their brains)outside of Russia now lives. And, Gazprom wants a piece of all that offshore natural gas.
If Assad ditched Hezbollah, THAT would be the game changer.
Russia wants to crush Sunni Islamists wherever they are, because of Chechnya and Dagestan.
It’s not about the chemical weapons, but Russia’s position in the eastern Med, and anything to smackdown Turkey. History never really ends for some.