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And again about Syria: thank you, Russia! (The Boston Globe, USA)

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And again about Syria: thank you, Russia! (The Boston Globe, USA)



Once again, Moscow has shown that it knows how to make a strategic choice is better than we are. Russia can not be called an ideal partner for the US, but sometimes its interests coincide with ours. At such times, we must put aside our hostility to Russia, left over from the Cold War, and to cooperate with it. It is best to start with Syria.

The US policy on Syria was completely ill-conceived from the very beginning of the current conflict five years ago. Having taken the toughest possible position - “Assad Must Leave,” we completely deprived opposition groups of an incentive to start negotiations on a peaceful transition of power. This was one of the reasons for the beginning of the Syrian bloody nightmare.

Russia, which in the past have often had to deal with attacks by Islamist fanatics, feels acutely threatened by the chaos in Syria. But the threat hung over us as well. Now we have to keep exactly the same policy, as well as Russian: we must prevent the fall of the government of Bashar al-Assad, to help establish a new regime that somehow will include Assad and his supporters, and then to achieve a ceasefire.

The fall of the Assad regime will lead to the formation of a catastrophic vacuum in power, similar to that of Iraq and Libya turned into a haven for terrorists. It will be bad for the US, and even worse for Russia and Iran. We must recognize that this is our common interest, and cooperate with countries that want the same as us.

All this may seem highly logical, but the offer to cooperate with Russia is hated by Washington. It contradicts the central concept of a liberal-conservative, republican-democratic foreign policy consensus: Russia is our eternal enemy, therefore everything that promotes the interests of Russia automatically undermines our interests - and the same applies to Iran. Instead of clinging to the dangerously outdated mantra "who is not with us is against us," we should recognize that countries with which we have differences in some areas may be our partners in other areas. And Russia in this case is an excellent example.

Perhaps, as a country, we would be more secure and would make a greater contribution to the stability of the world if we followed the foreign policy course of Russia in the past. The government that Moscow supported in Afghanistan and which was headed by Mohammad Najibullah from 1987 to 1992 was more honest and progressive than the governments that came to power after American-supported forces overthrew Najibullah. Later, Russia called on the United States not to invade Iraq and not to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Both times Russia was right, and we were wrong. In Syria, Russia was right for the third time. Now it is in the interests of the United States to maintain power in the country for Assad - at least for a while. An alternative will be the “Caliphate” of ISIS, stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Tigris River.

The Syrian conflict can not be resolved by military means. Continued fighting only makes the situation worse. Russia insists on a negotiated settlement. We are in no hurry to agree with it, because our so-called partners in the region want to continue the war. They believe that the continuation of the war in their interests. Perhaps so, but this war is contrary to US interests.

Opposition groups in Syria, which we have supported half-heartedly refuse to begin negotiations until a ceasefire is installed. With this condition, the United States guarantees the continuation of the war. Instead, negotiations should be aimed at the creation of such new regime, which both Russia and the United States could support. And this can only be a starting point for peace.

How long Assad can hold out in power does not really matter to the United States. The main thing is the weakening of ISIS and al-Qaida. The struggle against these forces is a key goal of the policy of Russia and Iran. We must recognize that in this our interests coincide completely and cooperate with all countries and forces that share our goals in Syria.

Our complete refusal to cooperate with Russia is a relic of a bygone era. It prevents us from taking decisive measures to resolve the crisis in Syria. And its effects are felt even in Europe. The Obama administration recently announced a fourfold increase in spending on NATO forces in Europe and, in particular, near Russia's borders. To this Russia responded with military maneuvers near its border with Ukraine. This spiral of tension prevents us from understanding that Europe can never become safe without the cooperation of Russia.

Refusal to cooperate with Russia brings us more problems than it brings to Russia. If we manage to find areas of cooperation, it will benefit both Russia and the United States, as well as make a tangible contribution to the global security system. Russia's strategy is to fight ISIS and al-Qaeda, protecting Assad and supporting such a cease-fire agreement that would save the Assad regime in one form or another is the most acceptable option. Until we accept it, the bloodshed in Syria will continue.
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  1. cniza
    cniza 15 February 2016 12: 16
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    Perhaps we, as a country, would be safer and would make a greater contribution to the stability of the world if we followed the foreign policy of Russia in the past.



    And where will you go, because the truth is with Russia.
    1. Michael67
      Michael67 15 February 2016 12: 19
      15
      Of course, the truth is up to Russia. Only with these chosen ones one should even talk carefully. And it’s a matter of having - measure 7 times, screw them on the head 1 time. They are unscrupulous villains. Milosevic said they were like a mad dog.
      1. lelikas
        lelikas 15 February 2016 12: 43
        30
        Those who we help understand this, and those whom we interfere with ruining the country do not understand and are straining.
    2. jjj
      jjj 15 February 2016 12: 26
      10
      In America, a system of corrupt groups has developed. To become a president, some groups must be promised preferences in the future. And that's how the groups make money. To increase personal income, members of corrupt groups will easily unleash a war and profit from supplies. But they started flirting. They are already cutting off a more significant part of the budget. This is an example of the circumstances of financing the training of opposition fighters in Syria, when it was officially recognized that only five people were trained for 500 million. The same is happening with NATO expansion. One hundred tanks and two thousand soldiers will not save the Baltics from the loudly announced "Russian invasion". But it pretended that America was helping, money was received and divided from the Balts and from the US budget. Here, after all, how: the less it really participates in the strengthening of forces, the more amount you can cut between each other
      1. Sid.74
        15 February 2016 12: 40
        +8
        Quote: jjj
        when it was officially recognized that only five people prepared for 500 millions

        This is a drop in the sea ... Here the theft is simply cyclopean ...

        According to the Daily Ticker, the Reuters investigation revealed that 8,5 trillions of dollars - from taxpayers' money - allocated by the Pentagon Congress, starting with 1996, have never been taken into account.

        And the national debt is growing ... what

        The Department of Defense has accumulated debts of more than 500 billions of dollars in non-passed validated contracts with external suppliers. It is not known how much of this money is paid for real goods and services.

        Over the past 10 years, the Department of Defense has signed contracts for the supply of goods and services for more than 3 trillion dollars. How much of this money is spent on overpayment to contractors or was not spent at all, or not transferred to the treasury remains a mystery.

        The Pentagon uses a standard operating procedure for inserting false numbers or “postscripts” to cover lost or missing information in accounting in order to present a balanced budget to the treasury. In 2012, the Pentagon reported 9,22 billion dollars in these calculations to resolve discrepancies. A year earlier, this figure was 7.41 billion dollars.

        Vasilyeva is just a schoolgirl compared to her American colleagues.
        1. volodimer
          volodimer 15 February 2016 16: 58
          +2
          "Vasilyeva is just a schoolgirl compared to her American colleagues." And yet she had to sit still!
      2. Altona
        Altona 15 February 2016 12: 40
        +3
        Quote: jjj
        A system of corrupt groups has developed in America. To become president, some groups of preferences must be promised in the future. And groups make money.

        ------------------------
        It seems that the system of cuts and peals or cuts and kickbacks, as you wish, operates throughout the world. EU bureaucracy profits on funds for migrants, they do not care what to saw-benefits, hostels, transport or vice versa-border fences, police forces. In Russia, the same thing, there is a group of people sawing the budget and storing this money in the West. There are such elements of theft and irresponsibility everywhere ...
      3. oxana_iv
        oxana_iv 15 February 2016 16: 49
        +2
        Quote: jjj
        In America, a system of corrupt groups has developed. To become a president, some groups must be promised preferences in the future. And that's how the groups make money. To increase personal income, members of corrupt groups will easily unleash a war and profit from supplies. But they started flirting. They are already cutting off a more significant part of the budget. This is an example of the circumstances of financing the training of opposition fighters in Syria, when it was officially recognized that only five people were trained for 500 million. The same is happening with NATO expansion. One hundred tanks and two thousand soldiers will not save the Baltics from the loudly announced "Russian invasion". But it pretended that America was helping, money was received and divided from the Balts and from the US budget. Here, after all, how: the less it really participates in the strengthening of forces, the more amount you can cut between each other


        It's true. Nevertheless, look at the result: B. Vostok is blazing, Russia is drawn into the war, Europe is suffocating from refugees. It’s bad for everyone, but the States are sitting across the ocean and do not blow a mustache, only they pull their puppets for strings. Unfortunately, we have to admit that for the time being they are achieving their goals.
        I hope this is not for long.
    3. vovanpain
      vovanpain 15 February 2016 12: 33
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      Well, today we have already read an excerpt from this article, in project33, now we have read it completely, there are smart people in the mattress, only who listens there, this black-headed monkey is just the talking head of Wall Streete and all sorts of multinational corporations, and as he wrote today in a comment, even if Trump and go to the presidency, it is not known how he will speak.
      1. semuil
        semuil 15 February 2016 12: 58
        +2
        Quote: vovanpain
        this black-eyed monkey

        Already gray-haired. Soon to rest, to the apiary.
    4. PKK
      PKK 15 February 2016 12: 43
      +1
      The United States is not doing anything for nothing, it is taking consistent steps to encircle Russia and attack it suddenly.
  2. Inok10
    Inok10 15 February 2016 12: 17
    +4
    Failure to cooperate with Russia brings us more problems than it brings to Russia.

    ... not all Americans are dumb as their president, how did they choose him to be the president at all ?! ... miracles of democracy for sure ... laughing
    1. nemec55
      nemec55 15 February 2016 12: 59
      0
      ... not all Americans are dumb as their president

      President Obama is a talking head and no more
      For some reason, it seems to me that there would have been some other M in power, the war would have already blazed Obama at one time, I just sensed that he (the black one) was prepared as a victim for unleashing chaos. But it wasn’t here. But if we had Mekkane or Hilary in power would have fought in full
    2. Boatsman_Palych
      Boatsman_Palych 15 February 2016 15: 52
      +1
      And the Americans do not elect their pseudo-president - he is "chosen" by the elected electors. Democracy in its pure form was possible - with great reservations - in ancient Greek policies, where there were several thousand "citizens" with full rights and they knew each other by sight ...
  3. Mainbeam
    Mainbeam 15 February 2016 12: 17
    +4
    Our complete rejection of cooperation with Russia is a relic of a bygone era

    Preparing the electorate to change the "party course"?
    .
    1. Mainbeam
      Mainbeam 15 February 2016 12: 34
      0
      Apparently, not yet ready for a full-blown war over Syria?

      .
  4. Baikonur
    Baikonur 15 February 2016 12: 17
    +4
    And again about Syria: thank you, Russia!
    To your health!
  5. Alex_Rarog
    Alex_Rarog 15 February 2016 12: 18
    +7
    Words are good, but no one will listen to him even .... This is a single sound cry in the field during a hurricane.
    1. Samen
      Samen 15 February 2016 12: 25
      +1
      I support! Straight from the tongue ... The cry of a lone traveler in the desert.
    2. kapitan92
      kapitan92 15 February 2016 12: 28
      +4
      Quote: Alex_Rarog
      Words are good, but no one will listen to him even .... This is a single sound cry in the field during a hurricane.

      The Boston Globe is an American daily newspaper, one of the largest in Boston, Massachusetts. (245 copies).
      Although a drop in the ocean, it is still a sound idea against the backdrop of American Russophobia.
  6. Riv
    Riv 15 February 2016 12: 20
    0
    Already a whole senior research fellow? It inspires ...
  7. Alexez
    Alexez 15 February 2016 12: 24
    +1
    Here, only no one in Washington, I reckon with the opinion of Stephen Kinser, whether he is at least three times right. Because they have a different plan and the world looks like it is also different - parallel with everyone who is not in the "white house".
  8. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 15 February 2016 12: 24
    +3
    An extremely good article with the correct (in our understanding) conclusions.
    Failure to cooperate with Russia brings us more problems than it brings to Russia

    His words to Obama with the State Department in his ears. Yes, that's just in their ears traffic jams. Therefore, they hear only what they say themselves.
  9. ML-334
    ML-334 15 February 2016 12: 25
    +1
    A drop wears away a stone.
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  11. aszzz888
    aszzz888 15 February 2016 12: 28
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    Russia later called on the United States not to invade Iraq and not topple Saddam Hussein. Both times, Russia turned out to be right, but we were mistaken. Russia was right for the third time in Syria.


    It reaches the duck on the third day. And to the mericatos never! They are EXCLUSIVE! laughing
  12. VP
    VP 15 February 2016 12: 29
    0
    Actually, it already was.
    http://topwar.ru/90878-proekt-zz-soedinennye-shtaty-berite-primer-s-rossii.html
  13. A1L9E4K9S
    A1L9E4K9S 15 February 2016 12: 32
    -1
    Russia is our eternal enemy, therefore everything that promotes the interests of Russia automatically undermines our interests

    They have long openly called Russia the enemy, and our rulers lick and lick, everyone wants to look good before them, agree to any concessions. Not when Russia is not a friend of the United States means there’s nothing to fool before them, or when we won’t gain trust from them . It is necessary to conduct a more stringent policy and send them to the forest, a short erotic route.
    1. serezhasoldatow
      serezhasoldatow 15 February 2016 16: 06
      0
      Something did not notice the obscurity. Even telephone calls are not initiated by Putin.
  14. oxana_iv
    oxana_iv 15 February 2016 12: 33
    +3
    Somehow the author looks naive. Thanks to him, of course, for the high appreciation of Russian policy, but about "we (the US) ... would make a greater contribution to stability", "... must admit that our interests coincide completely ..." - oh?
    Does Mr. Kinzer really think the US goal is world peace, and that US politicians were just "sometimes wrong"? laughing
  15. Hooks
    Hooks 15 February 2016 12: 37
    +2
    “The main thing is to weaken ISIS and al-Qaeda. This senior researcher at the Watson Institute, Stephen Kinzer, is very naive. Well, who, and even several authors, will listen to him in the current anti-Russian hysteria?
  16. semuil
    semuil 15 February 2016 12: 40
    0
    I do not agree with him. It is advantageous for the USA to pull a pipe through Syria so that our Europe does not buy gas, and all the talk about peace, the threat of terrorist acts is bullshit.
  17. drilled
    drilled 15 February 2016 12: 45
    +2
    The enthusiasm after this article seems to me to be premature. This is just a proposal, as during the Second World War, first to gouge one enemy with our help, so that later, with us, weakened, "to resolve the issue."
  18. triglav
    triglav 15 February 2016 12: 45
    0
    This is not a boy’s speech, but a husband. I told you, the states are full of sane people. The main thing is to hear their own. And then it will be possible to put pressure on the president.
  19. barclay
    barclay 15 February 2016 12: 46
    0
    Consequently, not all Americans have brain damage.
  20. Siberia M 54
    Siberia M 54 15 February 2016 12: 48
    +1
    Well, that's right. Only the politicians will not really listen to the author of the policy and the military will not. The economy of the United States needs war like air. Without war, it collapses. They sleep and see how they would push Russia and Europe against Turkey, and cut coupons themselves. Truly, who cares about the war, and to whom mother is dear.
  21. VNP1958PVN
    VNP1958PVN 15 February 2016 12: 50
    +1
    Failure to cooperate with Russia brings us more problems than it brings to Russia. If we manage to find areas of cooperation, it will benefit both Russia and the USA,
    The man is clearly not related to the American military-industrial complex!
  22. Wolverine
    Wolverine 15 February 2016 12: 51
    +1
    Posted by Stephen Kinzer, Senior Fellow at Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University

    More often light heads burst to the surface and this inspires hope that not everything has disappeared ... God forbid that from all over the world they raise the head of reason.
  23. Jurkovs
    Jurkovs 15 February 2016 13: 04
    +1
    And again, Moscow proved that it knows how to make strategic choices better than we do.

    "Americans always find the only right solution. After they have tried all the others." - Winston Churchill.
  24. valent45
    valent45 15 February 2016 13: 06
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    There are normal people in the states, but they have no corresponding influence in the media,
    nor in power.
  25. Foresterer
    Foresterer 15 February 2016 13: 08
    0
    Stephen Kinzer is an award winning author and foreign correspondent who covers over 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him "one of the finest in popular foreign policy history." He was a Latin American correspondent for The Boston Globe and then spent over 20 years working for the New York Times, with extended postings in Nicaragua, Germany and Turkey. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. His latest book is called Brothers: John Foster Dulles, The Dulles, and Their Secret of World War II.
    This is what Americans themselves write about it. It has authority, and the Boston Globe is not a freelance newspaper. More to such authors, and readers for them.
  26. Air Force Colonel
    Air Force Colonel 15 February 2016 13: 45
    0
    Many politicians and just people understand the dead end in relation to Russia
    They say a lot and correctly about the relations between Russia and the West, but above we are like a bone in the throat for them.
    With our territories and wealth.
  27. square
    square 15 February 2016 14: 18
    0
    Of course, I’m glad to hear something reasonable in the American media, but how many people read serious publications there? Looking at their officials and representatives of departments, you begin to doubt that they even know how to read. Another thing is interesting, if earlier all the US media unanimously blamed Russia, now you are increasingly reading that Russians are not so stupid, which may even be right somewhere. It looks like the State Department’s strategy is changing, and they are setting the stage for a retreat. All this is reminiscent of training in front of the mirror, which is so loved in the West. They themselves are convinced that they almost did not lose, or maybe even won somewhere, they are trying to get used to a new thought.
  28. square
    square 15 February 2016 14: 19
    0
    Ahhh ... I changed the flag in my native!
  29. mr.grin19z
    mr.grin19z 15 February 2016 14: 32
    +1
    amerikosov never had the right decision all the time jambs
  30. morprepud
    morprepud 15 February 2016 14: 34
    0
    From the author:
    Both times, Russia turned out to be right, but we were mistaken. Russia was right for the third time in Syria. Now in the interests of the United States to maintain power in the country ...
    - And in NO case should the "second Merkel" be allowed to the presidential elections in the United States - Herllary with "Clinton" in his head ...
    Merkel is already making "love" with the Turk, and TA, with all the Madzhakhets, is already in the winter according to Eastern priorities ...
  31. Igor V
    Igor V 15 February 2016 16: 56
    0
    According to the article, it turns out that both IS and Al-Qaeda were created by the Merikos for their own safety, and now they do not know how to deal with them. Time does not add to their brains.
  32. afrikanez
    afrikanez 15 February 2016 18: 33
    0
    we must prevent the fall of the regime of the government of Bashar al-Assad
    How much hypocrisy is in the Americans. These are not people, but what a creature of the devil. How they only live with it is not clear. Well, there’s nothing human left. negative