Russia is in the Middle East again.Perhaps they never left. with agents and influencers all over the multiple places.It was the USSR that left and Putin is masterfully playing the game of influence.He’s our ally in fighting extremism but is free to define it.He doesn’t have to sift out Al-Queda from Isis or moderate revolutionaries from extremists.He knows that Hezbollah and Iran are allies and he gets his information from Iran,Hezbollah, Assad and Iraq.This has been going on for at least five years.
The mess that we are in comes directly from our naive belief that the vote can ensure democracy and that democracy has a power to impose itself wherever there is choice.We were given one hour to clear airspace for Russian bombers to cripple what we forlornly saw as our hope,namely moderate rebels.Of course we can blame Obama(why not?),but he came late to a game where we were entirely outpositioned. Destabilizing the middle east by destroying Sadam seems now to be the critical error.We can’t go back in time.Serena is resting her body for the rest of the tournament season.Frank Marshall’s style can’t win and Bobby Fisher is gone in a flash of madness and xenophobia.It would seem that all we can do is negotiate with Putin as a nominal ally and wait for him to blunder in overreach.Does anyone know if he’s asked for an audience with Pope Francis?