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.
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.
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.
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.
You mean Putin might have--GASP!--lied about his intentions?! You don't say! I doubt we really know what Putin's strategic goals were in Syria, and he probably kept it that way just in case things went south.
What we do know is that
1) Putin is now mostly out of Syria, and
2) We had GOP candidates who were willing to start WW3 over that place due to Russia's intervention.
There's some real genius foreign policy, right?
Putin was only mouthing what the Western world wanted to hear...
Betcha this bonehead who wrote the article actually believes every word out of Obama mouth as well
Putin is leaving Syria because ISIS has all moved to Germany.