The Russians are masters of chess, strategy and in Putin's case, Judo.
But Obama has also shown tact, and a certain humility, and a very sober and apparently accurate assessment of events (unless the chemical attack was a
false flag, which it does NOT appear to be, making of Putin a liar for professing otherwise) which I applaud.
That said there's also a slight wimpiness to Obama, like he's a junior President, but, imho, that's by far better than say a McCain or a MIC embedded
big company Romney. talk about a lack of choice when it comes to American leadership.
As for Putin, while he may presume that he just checkmated Obama, all he really accomplished by his Op Ed in the NYT was to rally the Congress around
the President and his threat of force, without which this whole disarmament plan would not have occurred and would not be possible, so in the final
analysis it's a victory for Obama, and a display of a certain arrogance on the part of Putin.
The final checkmate however may still go to Putin in the joke that Obama should then hand over his Nobel Prize to Putin, particularly in the event
that a political solution to the Syrian crisis helps lead the way to a legitimate M.E. Peace Plan/Process. But I'm sure that's a subtle or
not-so-subtle irony that Obama could live with if he really leads with humility, and not just an ear to ear smile.
So I think the win actually goes with Obama on this one, something amid all the confusion that no one seems to recognize, and that's another irony and
one which Vladimir Putin played masterfully, as if at some level he knows the American people better than the Whitehouse.
It makes for very interesting gamesmanship and if it means no war and the eventual end of a terrible civil war, then that's the best possible outcome.
As Putin has pointed out even the Pope says no to this - another masterful move (Putin moves Pope forward on the chessboard..).
I think it's wonderful the way it's working out, if only the US would STOP playing both sides against the middle in Syria, which has DIRE long range
consequences for American Security and Interests in Global Security - and instead, work out and uphold within the context of international law and
order (Putin's point) a political solution and an end to the war, but I guess that's up to Assad who Obama subtly implied in his speech with a linkage
that I caught could be taken out if there's retaliatory action by him as the military commander of Syrian forces.
It's foolishness though for Putin to tell Obama to put the gun away at this point, so the game continues...
Putin's jab at Obama's reference to "American exceptionalism" is just amuzing, nothing to get bent out of shape over, and what's funny there is that
to the degree that US politicos are horrified by that statement at the end of Putin's letter, it's proven true, so that's a "double-bind" in favor of
Putin as he leverages his knights, with the Pope himself riding at least one of them! My God that IS "chess" at it's very finest because one senses
that in referencing his consultation with or statements made by the Pope that it is actually the Pope's words about American exceptionalism which
Putin has deftly added, to seal the end of his letter. That's playfully humorous if you ask me, and in the spirit of Pope Francis, and who ever knew
that Putin has a fantastic sense of humor and irony... never put anything past a Russian because they always take everything right to the nth degree
in terms of rational analysis and gamemanship.
although I'm Canadian eh so what do I know got a beer? (where is the beer smiley?)
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