Tuesday, September 3, 2013

G-20 debate on Syria: Putin knows clearly which side he wants to win in Syria and why; Obama can’t begin to explain why America should want jihadists to take control of Syria

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Putin has a clear policy on Syria, and he has pursued it with cold determination; Obama’s actions have been hesitant, and his policy objectives are general and obscure. Putin knows clearly which side he wants to win in Syria and why; Obama can’t begin to explain why America should want jihadists to take control of Syria.
Each man will justify his policy and actions at the G20 summit, and Obama, despite America’s enormous military power and vastly larger economy, will be at a disadvantage against Putin. If this is a staring contest, Obama has already blinked.
Obama’s problems this week are partly due to his August 7 decision to cancel the one-on-one summit he’d scheduled with Putin to precede the G20 gathering.
That was a deliberate snub following Putin’s decision to grant former NSA contractor Edward Snowden temporary sanctuary. But in snubbing Putin, Obama allowed his embarrassment over the Snowden affair to derail a yearlong effort to build a dialogue with Russia.
When it decided to snub Putin, the Obama Administration failed to see that Syria would be an important issue at the St. Petersburg summit, which Putin is hosting. At the least it threw away an opportunity to reduce public disagreements with Russia before the G20 gets underway, and perhaps even to defuse the situation in Syria.

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