The world has gone kind of nuts. I wish Republicans would remember the Cold War is over, Communism is no longer the defining principle of Russian politics, and that they are a powerful country we can do business with and have common interests with, even though we won’t always agree. And in Syria they are on the side of a more sensible and sustainable policy. Who is the evil empire now?!?
Everyone in the GOP is obsessed with the Benghazi attacks, but it is the entire Libya intervention and the thinking behind it–George W style attempts to create instability to foster democracy by toppling stable dictators–that is discredited. And we have attempted that in Syria, nearly bombing Assad two years ago, and now reaping what we sow as ISIS has exploded beyond our means to control them.
“For the Kremlin, it means restoring enough stability to Syria to win acceptance of an expanded role for Russia in the Middle East — not to speak of its expanded military presence. Such a development, in the Kremlin’s view, would also validate Mr. Putin’s contention that toppling authoritarian governments in the Middle East has led only to chaos and sanctuaries for terrorists.”
“Mr. Putin, who was making his first appearance at the United Nations General Assembly in 10 years, was openly dismissive of the United States’ interventions in the Middle East. The United States-led effort to oust Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in Libya, he said, had made each country a haven for terrorists.”
“And the Obama administration’s attempts to train and equip a moderate Syrian opposition would end up swelling the ranks of Islamic radicals, Mr. Putin insisted.”