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Is Russia Kicking Dirt in John Kerry’s Face?
American Interest ^ | March 11, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead

Posted on 05/12/2013 4:21:43 AM PDT by billorites

Here’s an early sign of how successful the Obama administration’s plan to get Russia on board vis-à-vis Syria: Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, told the press today that Moscow will send air defense missiles to Syria after all.

Moscow plans to deliver already contracted ground-to-air missile systems to Syria, Russian officials said Friday, pressing ahead with an arms transfer that U.S. officials say could significantly strengthen Damascus’s ability to ward off an attack. [...]

Russian state television, reporting on Mr. Lavrov’s trip, went beyond the official line: “After the S-300s are put into service, a repeat of the Libyan scenario—the imposition of a no-fly zone over the country—would be extremely difficult,” said the Vesti-24 channel.

Mitt Romney was wrong to suggest that Russia is America’s biggest geopolitical enemy, but nobody should confuse it for a friend. Putin has no interest in helping the Obama administration look powerful or successful. On the contrary, the Kremlin believes that undermining American prestige and credibility worldwide is a vital Russian interest.

That does not preclude carefully negotiated bargains on areas of common interest, but that “carefully negotiated” part is a lot harder than it looks — and more desperate you seem to get a deal, the uglier the deal you will get.

Even if Russia and the US can ultimately agree on a course in Syria—and that’s a very big if—Russia will still be strongly inclined to do everything in its power to trip up the US and hand it a diplomatic defeat.

It’s a big mistake to underestimate the anti-American paranoia and deep-seated resentment that animates the Kremlin. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is hungry to avoid the humiliating impasse resulting from a succession of policy mistakes that have gotten it so entangled in Syria, which may make the administration less skeptical than it should be about Russia’s intentions here.

At this point in its history Russia has been reduced to an opportunistic power looking for ways to insert itself into world politics; it would be unrealistic to expect the Kremlin to do anything but try to make the most of what it must see as a rare, heaven-sent chance to gain the upper hand over the US on a high profile issue.

Moscow is likely to read the US response to this provocation very carefully; if the administration swallows the missile sale without response, Russia won’t see this as demonstrating US “friendship” and “sincerity,” it will see this as a clear sign of weakness and desperation and will push harder. Iran will see this too and the mullahs will draw their conclusions. It’s likely that the Gulf Arabs and the Turks have already significantly downgraded their assessments of American focus and will based on this news. In Jerusalem, too, where the missile story first surfaced, they are assessing the reliability of their American ally.

Is alienating our regional allies worth a dubious deal with the Kremlin? We are likely to find out in the not too distant future. But Russia’s goal is not to help us get out of our diplomatic predicament; it is to make us pay the highest possible price for our blunders.

In the end, the lesson isn’t “don’t do business with Russia.” The lesson is “when doing business with Russia you need to understand the rules of the game.” The administration needs to do something sharp and swift that Russia will feel, or it can expect a continuing succession of nasty surprises.


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: islam; israel; lurch; russia; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 05/12/2013 4:21:43 AM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites
Kerry is a pompous assclown!

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2 posted on 05/12/2013 4:26:13 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: billorites

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving Communist.


3 posted on 05/12/2013 4:27:23 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: billorites
"The administration needs to do something sharp and swift that Russia will feel..."

"Sharp and swift" and not the first two words that jump to my mind regarding the Secretary.

4 posted on 05/12/2013 4:28:25 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

5 posted on 05/12/2013 4:35:31 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: billorites
Putin has made a total a** of Obama and all his little minions.

I'm sure Putin knows more about Obama, Hillary, Kerry than we do.

He sure knew more about the marathon bomber....We blew off Russia's info....and everyone knows it.

I'm guessing Benghazi is the cover for not investigating the Boston bombing any further.

Obama should be impeached for BOTH coverups.

6 posted on 05/12/2013 4:36:11 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: billorites

It is an easy thing to kick dirt into the face of a FARCE!


7 posted on 05/12/2013 4:37:04 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: billorites

“Is alienating our regional allies worth a dubious deal with the Kremlin? We are likely to find out in the not too distant future. But Russia’s goal is not to help us get out of our diplomatic predicament; it is to make us pay the highest possible price for our blunders.”

Take one look at our present administration and someone , anyone please tell me that we have our best and brightest on top of it. Dear God this group of incompetent imbeciles is truly frightening


8 posted on 05/12/2013 4:44:07 AM PDT by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: billorites
Is Russia Kicking Dirt in John Kerry’s Face?

Here's a clue: If Putin is pulling his pants back up and buckling them, that wasn't "dirt".

The question is, would an inbred turd like Kerry know the difference?

9 posted on 05/12/2013 4:46:05 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: billorites

But Kerry is a war hero, just ask him.


10 posted on 05/12/2013 4:52:19 AM PDT by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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To: billorites

This administration is truly a circus full of clowns


11 posted on 05/12/2013 5:00:43 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (Yesterdays conspiracies are todays truths)
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To: billorites

Hey Horseface, here’s your Madeline Halfbright-endorsed “Kick Me” sign.


12 posted on 05/12/2013 5:08:40 AM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: billorites
Is Russia Kicking Dirt in John Kerry’s Face?

Tough to miss with a target that long.

13 posted on 05/12/2013 5:10:24 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: billorites

Are the S-300’s in Iran?


14 posted on 05/12/2013 5:10:44 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Pretty big target for a solefull of soil...really, Pootie-Pootie has to be rolling on the floor laughing at these maroons....


15 posted on 05/12/2013 5:11:34 AM PDT by Shady (Libya shows us how Americans rate...)
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To: billorites
when did it ever stop...except during RR/RN terms.

16 posted on 05/12/2013 5:17:12 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: billorites
Does anyone but me remember Kerry calling our troops in Vietnam murders before Congress and then again calling our troops in Iraq murders while he was a U.S. Senator? I don't see any official from a foreign country giving Kerry respect not even our enemies.
17 posted on 05/12/2013 5:17:49 AM PDT by kempo
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To: Caipirabob
>>Is Russia Kicking Dirt in John Kerry’s Face?<<

Yeah, Kerry probably "soiled" himself.

18 posted on 05/12/2013 5:19:11 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATs! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: kempo
No, you're not alone.

The last 4 plus years have been an excersize in patience as I watch the most assinine and insane events and people parade across my brain ... and they stop to look and neener neener me ... and I stand stoicly, wondering ... How long, O Lord ... how long ?

19 posted on 05/12/2013 5:22:58 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: billorites

Didn’t the Russians realize that John Kerry served in Vietnam?


20 posted on 05/12/2013 5:30:14 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. DonÂ’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: billorites
The administration needs to do something sharp and swift that Russia will feel, or it can expect a continuing succession of nasty surprises.

I'm sure Obama first response will be to ask the UN to do something "sharp and swift"....which means he will do nothing...

I halfway expect Russian Bear bombers to buzz the White Hut in the future...

21 posted on 05/12/2013 5:31:25 AM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: billorites


Yooo Hooo... I'm over HERE!!!
22 posted on 05/12/2013 5:36:42 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: billorites

As long as, it is personal.


23 posted on 05/12/2013 5:49:03 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: billorites

yes


24 posted on 05/12/2013 5:52:33 AM PDT by rdcbn (S)
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To: billorites

It’s SAND, you idiot!!

Didn’t ya read the back page of your comic book in the ‘60s?


25 posted on 05/12/2013 5:57:19 AM PDT by Flintlock ("The British are coming--to TAKE OUR GUNS"--Paul Revere)
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To: Popman
Boston talker and paperboy Howie Carr tells a story when Kerry was the MA Lt Gov.

Kerry made the news, not in a good way, and the local tv news crews, of which Carr was one at the time, were stalking him for a comment that particular weekend.

Kerry basically hid behind his then-young daughters when he was caught out on the street.

Putin might grant him an audience if Kerry brings the Hollywood-based daughter (remembering a Drudge photo from around 2004) with him...

26 posted on 05/12/2013 6:03:38 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Make that a very rich pompous assclown!.With all the money his wife has why be in office?.


27 posted on 05/12/2013 6:28:16 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: billorites
Even if Russia and the US can ultimately agree on a course in Syria—and that’s a very big if—Russia will still be strongly inclined to do everything in its power to trip up the US and hand it a diplomatic defeat.

Maybe, just maybe the Russians are NOT impressed with Kerry or the Obama Administration...

Who knows?

Anyhow, in the meantime a nice 'thanks and job well done' to Putin for keeping Kerry waiting... It warmed the hearts of many...

28 posted on 05/12/2013 6:39:11 AM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by Eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the millions of illegals home.)
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To: billorites
Not dirt, but Kerry is getting a Russian facial, for sure.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

29 posted on 05/12/2013 6:42:17 AM PDT by wku man (Amnesty? No Way, Jose (No Se Puede!) by 10 Pound Test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsTUQ8yOI2c)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Russia, an unlikely friend aiding the American people!


30 posted on 05/12/2013 6:46:12 AM PDT by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by Obama")
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To: billorites

I don’t really care about Kerry, but I think Moscow must be scratching their heads wondering why we are so HELL-BENT on installing Islamic regimes in that part of the world, especially given the nightmares of Libya and Egypt.

I can’t blame them and I also have to agree with them in supporting the last major country (other than Israel) that protects its Christians.


31 posted on 05/12/2013 6:52:46 AM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: billorites

Wouldn’t you?


32 posted on 05/12/2013 7:04:42 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: BobL
I don’t really care about Kerry, but I think Moscow must be scratching their heads wondering why we are so HELL-BENT on installing Islamic regimes in that part of the world, especially given the nightmares of Libya and Egypt.

This is an interesting theory:

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/how-obama-lost-his-big-muslim-brotherhood-gamble/
33 posted on 05/12/2013 10:44:17 AM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Deserves repeating ad infinitum.

There are no words that can express the utter contempt honorable Vietnam Vets have for the traitorous, communist, anti-American John F. Kerry:

"The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will ROT." (Proverbs 10:7) This is the fate Kerry is experiencing and has coming. In the future, Americans will desecrate his grave. They will have to post a 24 hour a day guard to prevent the inevitable from happening to no avail.

34 posted on 05/12/2013 3:24:58 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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