New York Times: Syria Has Become a Disgrace for the USA, and a Victory for Putin

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

9th February, 2016


Russian President Vladimir Putin has already won in Syria, according to journalists from The New York Times, which became possible due to the “helplessness” of American President Barack Obama. He turned Syria into “a bloody graveyard of American beliefs.”

The publication stated that Putin’s systematic policy ensured the success of Russia’s actions in Syria, as well as “the senselessness” of the US administration.

The author, Roger Cohen, notices that Washington only demonstrates the visibility of activities in Syria. Cohen is confident that American statements – “are just words” and actually “music in Syria is ordered” by Vladimir Putin. Especially because of the inaction of Obama, writes Stratfor.

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In addition, the author believes that although the Syrian army are successfully defeating the militants on the territory, it is not a decisive fact in the fight against ISIL. Being almost completely surrounded, Aleppo could become the Syrian Sarajevo, the publication notes. Blame belongs to the “helplessness” of the U.S. government.

The statements of the U.S government, that Syria is not a major factor in U.S. interests, and a new war should be in any way avoided, – all this only leads to the transformation of Washington’s policy towards tacit agreement with Moscow, says the author.

According to Cohen, Syria is a “disgrace” of the Obama administration, which crossed out all the successes in domestic policy. Moreover, “The Syrian agony” of the U.S. leader led to the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, to the disintegration of the nucleus of the European Union, whose countries’ internal borders returned due to migrants.

“Syria has become a bloody graveyard of American beliefs. It has undermined confidence in the words of America, evoking considerable anger towards Sunni allies from the Persian Gulf, strengthening the position of Assad … and Putin has opened the way to determining the fate of Syria,” says Cohen, speaking about the disgrace of Obama.

According to the journalist, the US can only currently do one thing: increase the number of refugees from Syria, helping Europe to cope with the flood of migrants.

“If we let fear dictate policy, the terrorists win. But Putin has already won,” Cohen concludes.

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