October 19, 2015


Stop swooning over Putin (Fareed Zakaria, 10/15/15, Washington Post)

Washington's foreign policy elites have developed a mind-set that mistakes activity for achievement. They assume that every crisis in the world can and should be solved by a vigorous assertion of U.S. power, preferably military power. Failure to do so is passivity and produces weakness. By this logic, Russia and Iran are the new masters of the Middle East. Never mind that those countries are desperately trying to shore up a sinking ally. Their clients, the Alawites of Syria, are a minority regime -- representing less than 15 percent of the country's people -- and face deadly insurgencies supported by vast portions of the population. Iran is bleeding resources in Syria. And if Russia and Iran win, somehow, against the odds, they get Syria -- which is a cauldron, not a prize. The United States has been "in the driver's seat" in Afghanistan for 14 years. Has that strengthened America?

Posted by at October 19, 2015 12:05 PM

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