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originally posted by: Skywatcher2011
a reply to: infolurker
Russia is doing what Trump was planning to do...nuff said
originally posted by: babybunnies
If the Russians manage to stop the ISIS threat and clear our Assad, American foreign policy in the Middle East will be set back DECADES.
It would show that the Russians can take out enemies while Americans spend years just debating over the best way to deal with them.
A successful Russian military intervention in Syria would be a huge boost for Putin on the World stage, and a massive slap in the face to Obama foreign policy.
originally posted by: paraphi
To be honest, ISIS is such a evil force that any help will be good.
Let's not forget that Russia has good form in quelling unrest - look to Chechnya where their antics resulted in the deaths huge numbers of civilians - a point oft neglected by the people who think Russia is a force for good.
Russia's aim is to keep their naval base. If Assad falls then they may lose this tiny toe-hold of influence. Who knows, Russia may hold a referendum and annex a bit of Syria!
originally posted by: Vector99
a reply to: MrSpad
I wonder if maybe moving troops to Syria would be Putin's way to save face in Ukraine. Leave for a good reason but say a stern "you're lucky this time." type message. Russians would buy it without a doubt.