The blame for the Iraq war ... Putin
An article by Marc Adomanis was published in Forbes magazine, entitled very catchy: “Sorry, Garry Kasparov, but Vladimir Putin is not to blame for the Iraqi war” (the translation source is "InoSMI").
According to the observer, in the field of politics, Mr. Kasparov has many serious gaps. This man, Adomanis writes, “is obsessed with personal hatred of Vladimir Putin,” and she (hatred) is “so strong” that it prevents her bearer from “making sound assessments.”
As a recent example of such misconceptions, Adomanis cites Kasparov’s assertion that the fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are to blame for the seizure of northern Iraq ... Putin:
The observer believes that in certain things Putin can be blamed: in the seizure of the Crimea; in the current instability in the east of Ukraine; in the fight against the political opposition within Russia; in the campaign to promote "traditional values"; finally, in the absence of noticeable success in economic transformations.
But how did Putin "guilty" of the actions of Islamic terrorists fighting in Iraq? Does anyone really believe, asks the journalist, that the militants from ISIL "receive instructions from Moscow"?
According to Adomanis, the words of Kasparov are “obviously unsubstantiated and untenable statement.” Instead of a serious attempt at political analysis, we see the slogan “Blame Putin!”
“Think about this,” the journalist continues, “if you are ready to blame Putin for the actions of organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which does not hide its hatred and contempt for the Russian state and openly expresses its desire to kill Russian citizens, then you can blame him literally for everything. Seriously, if Vladimir Putin is to blame for the bloody conflict between the Sunnis and the Shiites of Iraq, which has deep internal roots, then he can be blamed for almost everything that happens in the world. ”
And Adomanis lists: “Political destabilization in Thailand? Putin Repression against Democratic Activists in Egypt? Also Putin. Increased tension in the East China Sea? And this is also his fault. ”
Meanwhile, Putin in Iraq doesn’t support militants at all, as some American citizens might think wrong.
26 June RIA News" It was reported that the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki confirmed his country’s purchase of several Sukhoi fighters from Russia and Belarus. At the same time, he noted that the United States was delaying a deal to sell Iraq F-16 fighter jets.
29 June it became known that ten fighters from the "Sukhoi" landed at airports in Iraq. This was announced by a member of the security and defense committee of the Iraqi parliament of the previous convocation, Abbas al-Bayati, the newspaper reported "Sight".
As for Putin personally, he reports RIA "News“, In a telephone conversation with al-Maliki, he confirmed Russia's full support for the efforts of the Iraqi government to free the territory of the republic from terrorists as soon as possible.
Washington has only to try to save face.
According to the resource Korrespondent.net with reference to ITAR-TASS, the United States does not object to Russia supplying weapon to Iraq.
This was stated by State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. “We have already said that we do not object to the legitimate efforts of the Government of Iraq, aimed at meeting their urgent needs in the military sphere. We are accelerating our own assistance and we understand that Iraq is acquiring military equipment in a number of countries, including Russia. ”
Russians are trying to take the place of the United States in terms of arms supplies to Iraq? .. Marie Harf does not think so: “I don’t think they are trying to do that.”
Of course not, Mrs. Harf. They are not "trying to do it." They do it.
According to Luciano Tirinnantsi (“Panorama”; the source of translation is "Inopressa"), Putin takes away from Obama the main role in Iraq.
Russia, the author writes, states that he takes the side of the government of al-Maliki, and John Kerry flies to Iraq to understand what is happening.
“One might think that the United States still believes that the“ democratic ”course of Iraq can have a beneficial effect on the situation,” writes the journalist. “If this is so, we are confronted with a distorted vision of the situation: a fierce war cannot be prevented with the help of government reshuffles or new elections.”
And here are the lines about Putin and the Kremlin (a little offensive for Obama and Kerry): “Anyway, the representative of the White House should be afraid of the rival in the Kremlin. Unlike indecisive Americans, today the Russians are proving that they are more pragmatic and purposeful, they have the aggressiveness that Moscow’s allies like so much. ”
The journalist quotes a statement that came as a surprise to Obama. Vladimir Putin indeed confirmed the full support of the Iraqi government’s efforts to free the republic from terrorists. The journalist considers the Kremlin’s message “extremely clear”. As in the case of Assad in Syria, Moscow sided with the government and can now take advantage of the indecision of the American State Department and be the main actor in Iraq. The initiative will be knocked out of the hands of the American rival, and then the Kremlin will strengthen ties with Iran, as well as Syria.
Obama has lately been “weak and unreliable”: “The excessive caution of the United States in international affairs has recently pointed to the pathological immobility of Washington; Because of this, President Obama looks weak and unreliable in the eyes of the Allies. Such uncertainty can be fatal for American diplomatic relations and play into the hands of the Russians, who, on the contrary, create a new series of alliances, intercepting the role that the United States has always played in resolving crisis situations in the world. ”
And a little more material on the same topic. An article by T. Durden on the Iraqi situation appeared on zerohedge.com about the Iraq situation Mixednews.ru). Already from the title it is clear what will be discussed: "Another proxy war: Putin offers full support to the Prime Minister of Iraq, who has become objectionable to Obama."
In Iraq, the author notes, the Russian LUKoil is developing the rich West Kurna-2 field, investing large amounts there.
Putin clearly waited, the analyst believes, until Obama is determined. When it became known that Washington refused to support Prime Minister Al-Maliki (Dianne Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said his government should leave, and John Kerry indicated that the Prime Minister’s resignation could help stabilize the situation), Putin Maliki full support. From this moment on, the situation received an unexpected turn and now threatens to grow into “another confrontation between Russia and the United States.”
And who will win? .. Judging by the Syrian fiasco of John Kerry, the journalist notes, then Russia is clearly going to expand “national interests” by including Iraq in its sphere of influence.
It is hard to imagine, we will add to this, as the White House, which is suffering a fiasco everywhere, pursue a so-called “containment policy” taken from the dusty archives of the Cold War. Ambassador John Tefft may become the mouthpiece of such a policy in Moscow: the other day, Washington asked the Kremlin for preliminary consent to the candidacy of this pensioner.
Wait and see.
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