October 1, 2015

DOING OUR DIRTY WORK AT HIS OWN EXPENSE:

Obama to Putin: Good luck with that (MICHAEL CROWLEY 10/01/15, Politico)

[T]he White House is responding to Vladimir Putin with an almost taunting message: Good luck with that.

Senior Obama officials debating the U.S. response say they believe the Russian president is making a costly mistake that he will regret, committing his country's military and prestige to an unwinnable fight sure to inflame Islamic extremism inside Russia.

Putin in Syria: So What? (Steve Chapman, October 1, 2015, RCP)

There are two main ways this gambit could go. And neither would be a bad deal for us.

The first possibility is that he will inflict significant damage on Islamic State. In that case, one of our most vicious enemies would be weakened -- at little cost or risk to Americans. The only thing better than defeating Islamic State is getting someone to do it for us. [...]

The second possibility is that Putin will fail: His bombing raids will prove unavailing, the insurgents will gain ground, and the regime will be in jeopardy. Then he may be forced to send ground troops.

He could find himself in a costly, bloody war. Or he might decide the prize is not worth the effort and pull back, which would dash his dreams of regional power and discredit him at home. Either way, he's worse off, and we're not.



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