The Syrian crisis has been outsourced to Vladimir Putin, who audaciously volunteered men and material to do what Obama and his Western allies have abstained from doing.
The downing of the Russian airplane by Turkish fighter jets was not an incident that came about through chance, but because [Russian] pilots violated Turkey's aerial space and did not leave despite the warnings. All the evidence and all the indications lead to the conclusion that this was an extreme, provocative act by [Read more]
Hardly any serious analysts expected any sort of breakthrough to occur during the personal meetings between the Russian and American presidents. There is simply far too much profound conflict between Russia and the U.S. regarding the most pressing issues — Syria and Ukraine, in particular. The screeching, stinging [Read more]
The general impression comes down to the fact that Putin has a new, hard-to-realize plan, while Obama has an old plan that was never realized.
<i>With Russia as a key actor in international negotiations, the United States has agreed to make concessions with Ukraine in order to have an ally in other sensitive issues, notably in the Middle East.</i>
We all remember the image of Victoria Nuland, the United States’ deputy secretary of state, in Maidan [Read more]
Any attempt to shake concessions out of Moscow will result in Washington being hurt.