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    Russia Versus ISIL in Syria (618)

    Russia’s military and political success in Syria is “the latest disastrous turn in the Middle East under the Obama administration - and another humiliating setback for the United States,” such an opinion Republican US Senator John McCain of Arizona, chairman of the Senate's Committee on Armed Services expressed in his recent article for CNN.

    The saber-rattling politician has lashed out at President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for "acquiescing into talks with Russian President Putin” and “rushing into talks with Russia’s military to ‘de-conflict’ in Syria.”

    Obama and Kerry see the latest developments in the fight against ISIL as an “opportunity to co-operate” with Moscow and an attempt to agree on ‘fundamental principles’.

    McCain: U.S. must stop Putin in Syria
    McCain: U.S. must stop Putin in Syria

    Instead, McCain called for Vladimir Putin to be stopped, so that the Russia's leader could be prevented from “shoring up his partners, crushing ours, destroying our remaining credibility in the Middle East, and restoring Russia as a major power in this vital region.”

    The senator then provided one more ridiculous explanation: “Vladimir Putin must be stopped, not least because he will inflame every aspect of this conflict in the process: the refugee crisis, the mass atrocities and the growth of ISIS (ISIL)."

    The politician, however, neglected to address the sequence of all the above processes and their true causes.

    In the next part of his article, McCain becomes even more hysterical.

    Clearly disregarding President Putin’s calls for joint actions against global terrorism, the only thing the politician seems to care about is maintaining US influence around the globe.

    “There is an opportunity here, but the opposite of what Kerry suggested. It is an opportunity to impose significant costs on an adversary that wants to undercut the United States everywhere. It is an opportunity to weaken an anti-American ruler who will always view us as an enemy. And it is an opportunity to rebuild US credibility and influence in the Middle East by taking actions, as only we can, to arrest the spread of a regional conflict that is an incubator of global terrorism.”

    “We must back up our policy in ways that check Putin's ambitions and shape his behavior. If Russia attacks our opposition partners, we must impose greater costs on Russia's interests — for example, by striking significant Syrian leadership or military targets.”

    The senator seems to be clearly obsessed with weakening the Russian president.

    “We must increase pressure on Russia elsewhere. We should provide defensive weapons and related assistance to Ukrainian forces so they can take a greater toll on Russian forces.”

    Mid-rant, the senator revealed some of the techniques the US could use for the purpose.

    “To weaken Putin at home and abroad, we should make more information public about the corruption of the Russian leadership, including the president himself, and how Russia uses graft as a tool of state policy.”

    “We should ramp up targeted sanctions on Russia. Low energy prices are battering Russia's economy and currency. We should increase that pain.”

    “The United States must lead these efforts with the broadest possible coalition. We will find many willing partners in Europe, which is reeling from the refugee crisis, as well as the Sunni Arab states, which will view a Russian victory in Syria as an Iranian victory. Rather than play into Putin's hands by undermining our own international efforts to isolate him, we should enhance those efforts to deepen that isolation and balance against Russia.”

    Russia Versus ISIL in Syria (618)


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