Russian President Putin has some interesting speeches, and some more interesting moves. Oddly enough, Vlad’s talk is apparently out of sync with the walk;
Vlad talks tough; he “dropped all diplomatic gloss” to talk about “American domination of global affairs”, and revisited some old themes from NATO, to the West’s interference in
With the Americans stuck in
According to Interfax, Vlad’s itinerary reads like a series of business meetings; over the course of 3 days, he will visit Saudi Arabia,
Indeed, Arabs view the Persian challenge as increasingly existential, and now strongly support the United States’ “new strategy” in Iraq. For now, the Syrians realize this limitation, and they are vying for time, but they have little of it.
Lavrenty Putin? (Updated
The Bear is not gone; it is changing. The new
I think that, in many ways, 21st Century
On the other hand, Russian rulers do have to contend with the fact that “
Evaluating the Outcome (Updated
As the answer to these question develop, we shall see who is really all hat, and who's cattle… Lebanon will serve as the "barometer" for the region; depending on the deals made, at worst, the aftershocks will be felt there, at best, the rot will continue to fester.
At least one good thing came out of the war and the destruction; there was an award. It only cost the entire country to set the stage for the camera ...
Si Vis Pace, Pare Bellum (Updated
Michael Young’s piece gives an excellent context to Putin’s trip.
In his view, the attitude of the
Putin’s trip may be the Russian version of this Brinkmanship; his immediate objective among Arabs could be to leverage his influence on
An underlying objective of the trip is
1- The more successful his Arab trip is, the more the Iranians will try to outbid the Arabs. If we take into account the Iranian leadership’s increasing paranoia, the trip to
2- Putin can also leverage the increased American presence in the
VD Gift? (Updated
Thanks to Anonymous for pointing this out. It seems that Vlad’s trip was successful after all. Enough for him not to like a nuclear
Russia believes it is "crucial" to have a nuclear-free Iran, Andrey Demidov, currently Russia's top diplomat in Israel, has said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post, distancing Moscow from those saying a nuclear Iran is inevitable
The Russians may still be empire builders, but empires cost money, and Great Nations have no friends, only interests. And the interest of
I guess we‘ll know more soon enough.