I STILL don’t think we’re at the last move yet
But what’s apparent is that Crimea begot UKR.
in the USA doing nothing, for instance elsewhere, about UKR told Putin
he could make a move in Syria, and as long as he kept Israel and Russia
from colliding, he could satisfy Netanyahu.
And now the move in Syria reveals the NEXT pieces on the board’s target.
Vladimir Putin wants to do what Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Andropov, Chernenko, and Gorbachev all FAILED TO DO.
Break up NATO.
Make it a joke based on the USA having NO red line beyond which it will take real action to back up any ally.
has now had the Russian Air force fly INTO TURKEY, which whether we
like it or not is a NATO nation, TWICE. he Turks did NOTHING. They are
AFRAID to act against Russia flying into their nation.
These are not accidents.
Putin want back what the Czars and Lenin achieved.
Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia.
The buffer states of the WARSAW PACT, neutralized and frightened.
If he can show we will not act, he WILL, if for not other reason than for the world to understand what has happened.
PUTIN’S AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA UNDERMINE NATO, DESTABILIZE MIDDLE EAST
Putin’s decision to deploy aircraft in Syria and bomb opponents of
President Assad may be “a recipe for disaster” as President Obama
asserts, but it neatly exploits U.S. and western European
vulnerabilities in the region. It also gives Russia leverage to
undermine NATO and destabilize the oil-rich Middle East.
commitment—32 planes, 16 helicopters, and two surface to air missile
systems—will hardly reverse Assad’s sagging fortunes. However, Putin’s
firepower greatly handicaps U.S., Saudi and other allies’ efforts to
pressure him to relinquish power.
Turkey and the Gulf States have
considered a no-fly zone to protect moderate rebels opposing Assad, but
now they dare not challenge Russian jets without the participation of
U.S. and European airpower. As Obama and his European counterparts
demonstrated in the Ukraine, they are not willing to use their military
assets to confront Putin.
U.S. efforts to support moderate rebels
to oust Assad have failed. We can expect the tyrant to continue bombing
his own people and drive even more refugees to Europe.
it is apparent that the Obama Administration and the Europeans are not
willing to do what is necessary to stop ISIS from spreading throughout
the Muslim world and recruiting young people in Europe and North America
to fight for their cause and attempt terrorist acts.
materiel, intelligence support, and training for friendly government
armies and insurgents in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere have not turned the
tide against ISIS, and it is doubtful that Obama or even a hawkish
President Hillary Clinton will ever have the stomach to act decisively.
ISIS, the West is fighting cancerous religious ideas more than armies.
Short of committing a massive expeditionary force to exterminate
ISIS—something virtually impossible with CNN sending graphic battlefield
images in real time—the appeal of ISIS to young disaffected Muslims and
western youth will not be squelched.
In 2015, Germany alone
expects as many as 1.5 million refugees, and the unrelenting flood of
immigrants poses an existential threat to Western Europe—economically,
politically and culturally—that North American societies built on
immigrants can little appreciate.
To stop the tide, at least from
the Middle East, and mount a more effective campaign against ISIS,
Europeans now have to do business with Russia, and its regional ally,
Iran, which possesses considerable military technology and materiel
resources and is supporting paramilitary forces aligned with Assad in
Syria and elsewhere.
All that rattles both Eastern European
members of NATO close to Russia and Saudi led Arab states aligned with
the U.S. and Europe. To obtain Putin’s cooperation, Europeans will
likely have to render ineffective economic sanctions imposed on Russia
after the invasion of the Ukraine.
The Europeans will have much
less leverage to enforce the recently signed nuclear weapons agreement
with Iran. Without European support, the United States will be hard
pressed to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
give Russia a free hand in Eastern Europe. Namely, the ability to
compromise the sovereignty and strongly influence the economic and
political alignment of eastern NATO states like Poland and Latvia.
Araba has the technical capacity to develop nuclear weapon. Faced with
its arch rival, Iran, potentially having the bomb and looking at how the
Obama Administration has failed to effectively support allies in the
Ukraine and in the Middle East, the Saudis may well feel compelled to
discretely develop or purchase nuclear weapons too. And other oil-rich
nations could then purchase off the shelf weapons, perhaps from
Putin is mercurial but hardly unbeatable at
international intrigue. He has so effectively undermined the influence
and interests of American and European leaders, because they lacked the
political resolve—and the stomach—to do what is necessary in the Ukraine
and Middle East.
Peter Morici is an economist and business
professor at the University of Maryland, and a national columnist. He