i would team up with stalin to beat hitler... not sure how much rope i'll give putin to bomb raqqa
As far as bad guys go, Nazis and ISIS really seem neck and neck regarding the degree of brutality they're willing to impart on their subjects.
If ISIS had 1940s German capital behind their efforts this wouldn't be a question, but they still have that 'JV' look to some folks. Because their capabilities are indeed relatively limited makes them less of a threat, but not really any less evil.
I'm willing to turn a blind eye to it if it stays there, and a blind eye toward Putin helping Assad put a coffin lid on it too.
Well when do we reach the iron curtain moment? because if the WOT goes on forever it would follow its in their interest to keep presenting himself as the bulwark against the infidels.
and manipulating ethnics groups with-in historically anachronistic boundaries is falling off a log for this lot and russias influence in the ME is becoming wider and more manipulative
and this is important..Russia's goals in region do not require stability ie they can achieve wider geopolitical effects by keeping the region unstable which is quite a different prospect from US efforts.
a large group of US opinion have given them a pass for standing up as our defenders against evil...even when faced with the possibility they are actively destabilising your own country (perception not with standing on that i get it people can hink that is bs)
whats to stop them splitting opposition against them by keeping the war in the ME grinding on forever.... this is the whole thing people don't see about how they operate.
both acting in Syria to fight terrorism and acting to keep the war going defends other russian activities and weakens/limits the US options to manoeuvre.
the Russians fight terrorism but it never ends because it inoculates them..i'm seeing somesort of pattern here
what is the purpose of the war for Russian interests?
... but we derail the thread