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  • Putin's talk of Draw Down in Syria isn't about Russia leaving, but staying
    • It isn't only Assad that should be grateful to Russia. If the USA had had its way, we would have Al Baghdadi in Damascus.

  • Was Ayatollah Khamenei right about Washington? Trump Reneges
    • it did not create IS but did nothing to prevent it from rising. I suspect the USA saw the km-long line of Toyotas driving from Raqqa to Mosul in 2014 and did nothing to stop it. Recently, I find convincing the story that the USA has been dealing with IS to leave free movement to the SDF for it to conquer Syria's oil wells east of the Euphrates. I am sure the USA knew that the weapons it allegedly gave to the "moderate" found their way to IS and to other terrorist organizations and did nothing to prevent it. In conclusion, the relations between the USA and IS are much closer than you make them to be.

  • All of Putin's / Trump's Men
    • I don't see the connection between making money with Russian businessmen and promoting Russia's interests over American interests. Has anyone inquired whether US businessmen that favored Hillary Clinton had business relations with Russian or Ukrainian oligarchs? Singling out Trump's friends is not serious journalism. I am surprised by Juan's sympathy for conspiracy theories.

  • Trump feuds with Merkel, EU, BMW, NATO, China, CIA but not with Putin
    • Juan, I read your stuff regularly and find it almost always objective and fair. But your quip about Putin being Trump's buddy was wrong and in bad taste. To my knowledge, they never met. Whether some members of the Russian government have been in contact with Trump is uncertain. You yourself have repeatedly said that, even if Russian government officials had done what the USA intelligence agencies accuse them of, the results of the elections would have been the same. Your remark is untoward.

  • Does this Change Everything? Russia's first strikes on Syria from Iran Airbases
    • don't you think that the ceasefire failed because the USA has kept on supporting Al Qaida type of organizations in Syria? Because they prefer IS or Al Qaida in Syria to Assad? Pure madness, but the USA's foreign policy lately seems to be formulated in an asylum.

  • Syria: On eve of Vienna Summit, Has Russia changed the facts on the Ground?
    • Gary, you are right of course. However, the USA can exercise pressure on Saudi Arabia. It could threaten withdrawing arms sales, or arming Iran, or bringing Saudi Arabia disgrace in the international arena on human rights issues. Yet, so far, it has chosen to do nothing of the above. The haste with which Obama flew to the burial of the latest king is a sign of unnecessary genuflections to these brutal dictators.

    • Russia does not want to be bogged down in Syria. The Saudi want Russia bogged down and arm Al Qaida to the teeth -- with American weapons. The role of the USA here is key. If it wants peace in Syria, it must join Russia and rein in Saudi Arabia. If it does not want peace -- and I suspect Obama's USA only wants chaos because chaos keeps enemies out of the fray that matters, Israel in primis -- it will sabotage the peace talks or do nothing to make them work. At that point Russia must decide whether its alliances in the region are really worth the candle. I do not believe Russia is in Syria for the long haul, it would be very damaging and counterproductive for Russia and I think Putin is no fool. I hope so at least.

  • Iran helping build "New Syrian Army;" ISIL fighters Fleeing to Iraq from Russian Airstrikes
    • Iran would make a mistake if she supported Assad to the hilt. Before 2011 Assad's dictatorship could have been condoned on account of the relatively high level of living it afforded the population and the stability it granted. Now, after barrel bombs, there is no saving Assad. But Russia and Iran are right in saying that it is not enough to kick Assad out, it is essential to put something back in, otherwise we have another Lybia and another Iraq. The West is, as usual, bent on destruction and chaos. Reasonable people cannot accept it, there must be a peaceful transition out of Assad's regime and this requires keeping essential state functions alive, and this in turn means keeping a large part of Assad's administration in the picture.

  • Senior National Security Advisers urge Obama to put Spec Ops Troops close to ISIL Front
    • in the meantime, Turkish troops have attacked YPG positions IN Syria. What one member of NATO does is undone by another. It would serve USA interests to convince its Turkish allies to limit themselves to attack PKK IN Turkey, rather than risk sending troops to Syria and Iraq.

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