Lose the ‘quagmire’ theme; Russia can’t fall into one in Syria

Interesting times.

Putin confers with his senior military officials. (Image: Kremlin/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin via Newsweek)
Putin confers with his senior military officials. (Image: Kremlin/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin via Newsweek)

We’re going to keep this one (relatively) short.  I’ve written about Russia’s goals in Syria elsewhere (see here as well).

A Bloomberg article from Monday commendably recognizes that Russia’s goals in Syria are “far broader” than the official goal of fighting Salafi terrorists.  The authors fall short of “getting” what the Russian involvement there is about, but they’re on the right track.

The problem is that they, like almost everyone else, are still framing the situation in the terms of a U.S.-style expeditionary intervention.  This leads the authors to say something like this: Continue reading “Lose the ‘quagmire’ theme; Russia can’t fall into one in Syria”

A world without a hegemon

Interesting times.

flag tatters 2New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Boehner, Bibi, and Barack: Fox News Sunday panel can’t handle the truth

No center to hold.

(Speaker of the House photo)
(Speaker of the House photo)

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Israel’s victory over Hamas must be more decisive now

Brake off.

 

Rockets launched from Gaza at Israel. (IDF photo)
Rockets launched from Gaza at Israel. (IDF photo)

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Obama wanders into Gaza conflict, calls for ‘cessation of hostilities’

Interesting times.

 

IDF treats wounded on 20 July.  (Image: AFP, Jack Guez)
IDF treats wounded on 20 July. (Image: AFP, Jack Guez)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!