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Putinís Russia now a force in the Middle East
jpost.com ^ | Sept 16, 2013 | By ISI LEIBLER

Posted on 09/16/2013 6:05:20 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

Israel must now persuade Russia, to draw the line at providing weapons to its allies that would undermine Israel’s security.

President Barack Obama’s abysmal failure to provide leadership during the Syrian crisis represents a turning point in the Middle East and has paved the way for President Vladimir Putin’s Russia to emerge as the dominant regional force, a position it had surrendered after the breakup of the Soviet Union.

To avert abject humiliation, Obama has absurdly spun the situation into a victory achieved by the American threat of military force. Instead, it was Putin who played the role of international statesman and masterminded a watershed moment for the Middle East, in which Russia effectively supplanted the US as world leader.

Were Syrian President Bashar Assad to actually dismantle his chemical stockpiles, Putin would have made an important contribution to regional peace and stability. Alas, the likelihood of this happening is exceedingly remote.

Given the barbaric civil war raging throughout Syria, and the history of Syrian lies and deceit, it is virtually impossible to establish any meaningful form of surveillance or control.

Nonetheless, Putin has established a significant role for himself in the Mideast region.

In the process, he has potentially enabled Assad to emerge a victor...

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: assad; israel; middleeast; obama; putin; russia; syria

1 posted on 09/16/2013 6:05:20 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Russian has always had a toehold in the Middle East. It used to be Egypt


2 posted on 09/16/2013 6:09:54 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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3 posted on 09/16/2013 6:10:40 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Jim Robinson

Russia couldn’t have become a dominant player without Obama’s feckless “leadership”.

This should put an end to those scurrilous accusations that Obama hasn’t accomplished anything in the mideast.


4 posted on 09/16/2013 6:16:31 PM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don’t need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: Jim Robinson

“President Barack Obama’s abysmal failure to provide leadership during the Syrian crisis represents a turning point in the Middle East and has paved the way for President Vladimir Putin’s Russia to emerge as the dominant regional force”

Exactly right!!!


5 posted on 09/16/2013 6:20:10 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Jim Robinson

I’m all for whatever this posuer tries to accomplish and in the process demonstrates his amatuerism and idiocy.


6 posted on 09/16/2013 6:41:38 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Jim Robinson

Jim,

Putin has a for real stake in this showdown. He really NEEDS to keep Assad in power. For whatever its worth, Assad keeps the lunatic mudslimz in check. Putin KNOWS that.

Russia is in a day to day conflict with mudslimes. Russia KNOWS that a dictator in your pocket is far better than izlamic rabble running loose in your backyard.

Just my HO. There is a for real shooting war still going on in Chechnya. It isn’t reported much. But Russians are on the front line with izslam.

Putin’s taking control of this debacle, and I mean DEBACLE! should be embraced.

“A Monkey With A Hand Grenade!”

Sometimes the Russians know how to call a “spade” a “spade.”

Disclosure: I like Vlad (Pooty Poot,) he really is the only ADULT in the room.

And that comes from an old “cold warrior’s” point of view.


7 posted on 09/16/2013 6:47:40 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks JimRob.
Given the barbaric civil war raging throughout Syria, and the history of Syrian lies and deceit, it is virtually impossible to establish any meaningful form of surveillance or control.
That's right. In addition, Zero and Cadre have committed to supplying arms directly to the rebel groups; attrition of the Syrian army continues; autonomous gangs of killers who (on paper) support the regime control perhaps as much of the country as the regime claims to; fully ten percent of Syria's surviving population (IOW, not counting the half percent the Assad regime has slaughtered) has fled the country and clearly don't support the regime or probably any of the factions; Iran has circa 19,000 ruthless thugs in country, plus the Iranian proxy thugs of Hizbollah, and the regime has had no problem destroying whole towns and using sarin gas, yet there's been a continual erosion of control and public order.

Well into the third year of a most uncivil war -- basically a no-holds-barred free-for-all -- Putin has made a public committment but has sent practically no troops, just arms for which Russia won't be paid. His only motivation is to maintain Gazprom's near-monopoly over the European natural gas market, just as his reoccupation of Chechnya pertained entirely to the construction of a pipeline to western markets.

Russian petroleum production used to keep post-Soviet Russia in cash, but production has been in decline. Over the next ten years natural gas production worldwide and "new" gas finds will increase, probably greatly increase. Russia's hold on the Euro market will decline sometime after the Syrian debacle has deteriorated into something far worse.

Iran's all-in, it'll be interesting to see how long the mullahcracy can maintain this effort, give or take spending even more hard-to-earn cash on foreign munitions.


8 posted on 09/16/2013 6:50:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Jim Robinson

If America can be an influence, why shouldn’t other countries?


9 posted on 09/16/2013 6:51:37 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Even the FBI teamed up with the Mafia in WW2 to protect the harbors coz the Mafia controlled the waterfront labor unions.


10 posted on 09/16/2013 6:52:07 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Even the FBI teamed up with the Mafia in WW2 to protect the harbors coz the Mafia controlled the waterfront labor unions.


11 posted on 09/16/2013 6:52:25 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Even the FBI teamed up with the Mafia in WW2 to protect the harbors coz the Mafia controlled the waterfront labor unions.


12 posted on 09/16/2013 6:52:37 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Even the FBI teamed up with the Mafia in WW2 to protect the harbors coz the Mafia controlled the waterfront labor unions.


13 posted on 09/16/2013 6:52:37 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: Jim Robinson

sorry your server is stuck


14 posted on 09/16/2013 6:53:25 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: bunkerhill7

Yeah. Don’t know what’s happening, but hope John gets it fixed soon.


15 posted on 09/16/2013 6:54:46 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: bunkerhill7

lol,

Hey Bunker, me an Appy have had the same problem tonight.

Makes us look like newbie pikers.

Gotcher message the FIRST time!

BTW, you are dead on, fedgov HAD to go to the unions to start protecting the harbors from NAZIs.


16 posted on 09/16/2013 7:04:47 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Jim Robinson

The Israelis will have to decide whether having the UN oversee the removal of tons of chemical weapons from the conflict zone in Syria is in their national security interest, even if it means Pres. Assad retains power in his own country.


17 posted on 09/16/2013 7:28:22 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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18 posted on 09/17/2013 7:53:15 AM PDT by SJackson ( The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. BF)
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To: Diogenesis

Thanks very much for posting. Whoever paid to create this public service announcement and the continued support to finance this venue in which it gets the exposure it duly deserves should be lionized as being a great America, hero, patriot.


19 posted on 09/17/2013 12:36:34 PM PDT by lbryce (Obama:The Worst Is Yet To Come)
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To: Standing Wolf

As much as we’ve effed up the ME in the past few years, the Russians couldn’t do any worse.


20 posted on 09/17/2013 12:37:34 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Jim Robinson

I’ll say this much for Putin and for Russia — they understand why Islam is dangerous.

I wish I could say that about our current president.


21 posted on 09/17/2013 1:16:37 PM PDT by darrellmaurina
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13 posted on 9/16/2013 8:52:37 PM by bunkerhill7: “Even the FBI teamed up with the Mafia in WW2 to protect the harbors coz the Mafia controlled the waterfront labor unions.”

And to invade and control Southern Italy, especially Sicily, during World War II.

Sometimes the enemy of your enemy, even if he isn't your friend, can be a useful ally.

22 posted on 09/17/2013 1:20:12 PM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: Jim Robinson

All of our naval assets in the world mean nothing when they are led by a coward like Zero.


23 posted on 09/17/2013 1:49:21 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: darrellmaurina

My mother always used to tell me
“Keep on good terms with your enemies coz you never know when you will need their help.”


24 posted on 09/17/2013 2:55:19 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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