18:33 GMT +325 October 2016
    Following indications from US Defense Secretary Ash Carter earlier this week, President Barack Obama confirmed on Friday that the Pentagon would deploy between 20 and 50 “advisers” to combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State terror group in Syria.

    Time for Washington to Admit 'Russia Is Right on Syria'

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    Moscow warned the US about the consequences of interfering in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and happened to be right. In the Syrian conflict, Russia also turned out more clear-sighted. Washington has to admit that both countries will benefit from cooperation and start supporting Moscow’s strategy in Syria, a US analyst wrote.

    Russia's strategy on settling the Syrian conflict has been more thought-out, a reputed American journalist and a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, Stephen Kinzer, wrote in an article for the Boston Globe.

    As for Washington's policy on the matter, it was wrong all the way, he believes. By making the toppling of the Syrian President Bashar Assad its primary goal, the US basically reduced to zero the possibility of negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition forces and contributed to the escalation of the conflict in the country, the analyst wrote.

    Meanwhile, the toppling of Assad would create a "catastrophic vacuum" in Syria, which would be filled by representatives of terrorist groups. Russia takes the threat of such an outcome into account and for that reason wants victory for the government forces, Kinzer says. And he believes that the US needs to adopt this approach.

    "We would have been more secure as a nation, and might have contributed to a more stable world, if we had followed Russia's foreign policy lead in the past," he wrote.

    He also reminded about the failure of US interference in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    "They were right both times, and we were wrong. In Syria, Russia is right for a third time," he asserted.

    Kinzer concluded that the best decision for Washington would be to support Moscow's strategy in Syria, otherwise it will only encourage continuous bloodshed in the region. By stubbornly refusing to cooperate, the US does itself more harm to itself than it does to Russia.

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    • They're propping up these proxy wars for their Military Industrial Complex contractors.It's a lucrative billion dollar economy that's too big to fail and it's the culture of their Senators who are sponsored by these MIC company's to keep pushing and making more wars around the world.
    • Beady-eyed Insomniac
      Can't leave Libya out of the mix. The $68 billion the US spends on intelligence is money down the drain.
      Destablization, create chaos and misery, so the global elite can rebuild (controlling the country's debt), funnel out the resources to huge markets in Europe, install new world order where the population are so grateful - they will be working minions on peasant wages while billions pour into their pockets of their governors.
    • siberianhusky
      Washington admit that Russia did the right thing ? What are you smoking, the exceptional people are never wrong and everybody never right.

      Hope they got enough helicopters for the evacuation like they had to do in Vietnam. LOL
    • Is it because I am black?
      There I was expecting a report on the phone conversation between Putin and Obama which ended in peace and friendship... You will always find a well-meaning expert like that Stephen Kinzer saying what is true, the question is, will it become official policy.
    • Is it because I am black?in reply toBeady-eyed Insomniac(Show commentHide comment)
      Beady-eyed Insomniac, so you think they would make a concession on Syria, and then continue their capitalist war down in Libya?
    • Porkbelly Porkerpig
      Okay well maybe If you send US back Edward Snowden,
      then they will admit that "Russia Is Right on Syria."
      Give US back Julian Assange too, while you're at it,
      and maybe they'll even remove the sanctions also.
    • I am USA and #IStandWithRussia.
    • Beady-eyed Insomniacin reply toIs it because I am black?(Show commentHide comment)
      Is it because I am black?,
      the chaos in Libya is squarely upon the shoulders of the US and France. No doubt.
      An average civil war has a seven year duration. Syria is currently five years so there is not an immediate expectation that everyone goes home and reads a book. An attempt will made to seal the borders, and will fail - but isis/rebels will try to depart to other unstable areas to sell their skills to the highest bidder. Some have not been paid for a month or two. Jordan will have a real problem soon as militants drift across the porous border (Jordan has been supplying the rebels so there will be some issues from the drift back) Militants will attempt to head to Yemen, Egypt, Gaza and Libya - and that will concern the Quartet, as they like to call themselves, Russia, US, EU and UN. - its like squeezing the balloon, and the costs will keep rising. So yes, Libya will be a country they will next focus on.
    • Ann
      Russia's strategy on settling the Syrian conflict has been more thought-out - well that's what they get for letting a warmongering idiot like hillary clinton drive their war machine.
    • Ann in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      ishmael.kenneth, There is no doubt that that is part of what's driving this mess.
    • Ann in reply toIs it because I am black?(Show commentHide comment)
      Is it because I am black?, you can be they won't quit until they are forced to quit.
    • Ann in reply toPorkbelly Porkerpig(Show commentHide comment)
      Porkbelly Porkerpig, Of course the US believes that people are chattel and lives don't matter. Not only Snowden and Assange, they also think the people of these countries don't matter - like the vote in Crimea "didn't count" because the outcome didn't suit the neocons. Now they still think that Crimea is a possession to be traded, and passed around like a bottle of hooch.
    • Ann in reply toBeady-eyed Insomniac(Show commentHide comment)
      Beady-eyed Insomniac, anything to keep one foot in the middle east, because they know once they're driven out, they won't be coming back so easily.
    • You have to understand that no matter WHAT is right or wrong, Washington will NEVER let up with their foreign policies because one thing that's driving ALL of this destruction and killing is the MONEY that the likes of Raytheon, McDonald Douglass, and the other arms manufacturers are taking in by all of this bombing and discord. That's who pays the politicians to go along with all of this insanity!
    • Randall Lee Hilburn
      It isn't a question of Russia being right and the US wrong. The two countries are involved in Syria for two totally different reasons. The US is there to expand their empire. They may have been at least temporarily thwarted, but that is still their reason for being there. Russia has their own reason for being there which conflicts with this.
    • Is it because I am black?in reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall Lee Hilburn, I agree that it is all power politics, and yet there is the theory of the just war, and a war can be just if it is in defence of country, or in defence of a legitimate authority - like Russia supporting the legitimate authority of Assad -, or - on the contrary - against a terrible dictatorship oppressing the people and causing war - civil and foreign. The US claim that Assad's is such a dictatorship, but I don't believe it.
    • Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toIs it because I am black?(Show commentHide comment)
      Is it because I am black?, I agree with the idea of the just war. I also agree with you on your opinion of Assad. Russia of course has a vested interest in supporting Assad. But at the same time there is also a moral imperative which motivates them I believe. They are fighting for the right of Syrians to govern their own affairs as well. I see it as a combination of both pragmatism and idealism.
    • Is it because I am black?in reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall Lee Hilburn , thanks, we always have to remember that it is basically a just war the Russians are fighting when exposed to all the propaganda in the US and in Europe.
    • Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toIs it because I am black?(Show commentHide comment)
      Is it because I am black?, Agreed! But even where they are fighting to expand their influence, they have no choice if they aren't to be isolated and besieged by the American Empire. They also have to keep the initiative and make the US react to them instead of letting the reverse happen. So even their pragmatism is forced upon them by the US. Whether they are acting out of self-preservation or altruism their cause is still a just one.
    • Is it because I am black?in reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall Lee Hilburn, absolutely!
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