Skip to comments.Vladimir Putin is no master of strategy — his Syria plan was a disaster
Posted on 03/21/2016 4:22:15 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
As Russian pilots fly home from Syria, they can look forward to triumphant welcomes.
Their commander-in-chief, Vladimir Putin, is the focus of almost as much fawning adulation even from the supposedly hostile Western media. Once again, the Russian president is being portrayed as a strategic genius, adept at wrong-footing America and Europe.
Yet the self-congratulation conveniently ignores some awkward truths. Far from making a cool and calculated decision to intervene in Syria, Putin was compelled to deploy his forces in order to rescue a feckless ally. His campaign has yet to achieve any of its stated goals. Worse, Russia has now invested so much in saving Bashar al-Assad that Putin risks being manipulated by the trickster in Damascus.
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Leave war to the generals. Politicians butt out.
I wish we could have disasters like that one. Putin gained in all respects, with minimal losses. That’s a big win, no matter how Obama’s cheerleaders portray the progress Putin made.
Propoganda. Isis is getting creamed by the Syrian forces, Russia isnt spending a dime. Pure crap.
Propaganda. Putin accomplished stabilization of Assad and a political process in which the US backs off Assad.
He got both of those. Kerry looks stupid again, and Putin wins.
Putin’s Syria plan was a disaster Obama-Jarrett-Soros.
And yet still, there is no Saudi pipeline for oil through Syria to Europe, which the US wants to see as well.
That permits the oil to flow from Russia to Europe via a northern route. Hence the continued conflict in Ukraine, where Russia wants its pipeline to go.
It’s all about the oil.
Its always about the oil.
Assad is still in power, that was Putin’s goal. He may need to return if Obama somehow gets close to dislodging him, but that probably won’t happen now.
ISIS is a construct to oppose the Syrian regime and to make it look like its about politics and religion, and to hide the fact that it is about the oil.
Putin wins regardless of what happens in Syria. If Assad collapses or is forced to make concessions then Putin shows how necessary Russia is. If Assad wins and the country reaches a stabilized point more or less as Putin left it, Putin gets the credit. A master stroke gained at minimal cost. Also, Putin’s limited assets are undamaged and ready to redeploy closer to home where they are needed.
His foray into Syria was a live fire exercise to show visiting genreal guests his wares.
on that basis his gambit was a salesman’s success
I am skeptical of this article.
Childish propaganda. Syria was on the ropes. Now they have the rebels under siege, pushed back hard. Before Russia there was no such thing as ISIS defectors, and ISIS leaving the battlefield. Also people spoke of the rebels as legitimate. Now everyone sees them as the terrorists they are.
Destroyed ISIS oil sales, and exposed the Turkish treachery of supplying ISIS.
Sure, a “disaster”.
It looks to me like he achieved exactly what he set out to do. Assad was in imminent danger of collapse, and Russia was going to lose their naval base. Now the so called Free Syrian Army is spent, Isis and the other jihadis are pushed back and his naval base and Assad are no longer immediately threatened. And he’s not stuck in a quagmire. How is that a loss? Compare that to our trillion dollar fiascos in Iran and Afghanistan.
Correction, that should be Iraq, not Iran.
whole article is complete BS from start to finish!
Putin accomplished EXACTLY what he set out to do, which was to stop halt the advance of ISIS and save Assad. With ISIS rocked back on it’s heals and Assad now back on the offensive, Putin has very smartly disengaged and claimed victory, and rightly so!
The Russians killed a lot of Jihadis while they were there.
Putin has an advantage. He doesn’t have dimocrats in his administration working for his enemies like we do.
“Kerry looks stupid again.”
I’m trying to think of a time when Kerry didn’t look stupid.
Somebody help me out here....
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