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The U.S. Flails Before Russia on Syria
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  • Andrew Allison

    “The Assad regime is the lesser evil when compared with greater chaos,” Seldom were truer words spoken. I would ask TAI whether the suffering in Syria (not to mention the refugee crises in Europe) would have been less is “the tyrant Bashar al-Assad” had be left on his merry way? Ditto for Saddam and Iraq.

    • Dale Fayda

      Syria and Iraq are “apples & oranges”. Bashar al-Assad was (by and large) left on his merry way by Obama years into the insurgency against him. It was well over 2 years into the conflict before Obama has bestirred himself to even draw his “red line” against Assad’s use of chemical weapons. Before then, Obama was studiously ignoring Syria and calling ISIS, which had its origins there, a “JV team”. Even now, can you site any examples of Obama’s real, concerted, effective steps to remove Assad? I sure can’t.

    • It’s a good counterfactual, Andrew, and worth pondering. However, my rant here has more to do about the blind faith this administration seems to have in mere dialogue, with no sign of any desire of showing backing up one’s demands.

      • Andrew Allison

        Understood (and agreed). Mine was about the dreadful results of our meddling in the greater Middle East.

  • Fat_Man

    “It’s anathema to bien pensant diplomats like Kerry and enlightened leaders like President Barack Obama to admit just how wrong their read was.”

    They cannot begin to comprehend their understanding of the world is wrong. They can no more see than than they can see radiation in the infra-red spectrum. They simply do not have the mental equipment that would allow them to understand the errors they have made.

  • Frank Natoli

    Reading B. H. Liddell Hart’s “Why Don’t We Learn From History”. One of his inviolable rules is that promises MUST be kept, else a state is presumed to be always a liar. We, along with the Brits, promised the Ukrainians if they gave up the Soviet nukes that remained on their territory after the dissolution of the USSR that their territory, including the Crimea, would be inviolable. The Ukrainians give up the nukes, Putin seizes the Crimea, Putin seizes eastern Ukraine, America and Britain do nothing.
    First step to standing up to Putin is not lying to our “friends”.

  • Gary Hemminger

    The administration does and says the things it does and says because this is what the press and their supports expects it to do. They are expected to seek peace and be optimistic and to make statements that these kinds of actions by the Russians are so last century. This is what their supporters think. This is what the liberal media thinks. Any deviation from this ideology would be treated as heresy. Can you imagine an Obama admistration official denying climate change? Simply not going to happen. The interesting thing isn’t their denial of reality. The interesting thing is if they really believe the distorted reality they are peddling. The only way to believe this distorted reality is to surround yourself with people that feed you this distorted reality. Either that or they know the reality they are peddling is distorted and they are simply liars. Which one is it? I think that I would feel better if they were simply lying. Because if they do actually believe the distorted reality, then they are seriously psychologically damaged.

  • Angel Martin

    “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext”

    This is the “Peace in our time” of the Obama Presidency.

  • Saratov

    “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext”
    Must I conclude these Kewrry’s words were about Iraq?
    With love from Russia.

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