Putin’s policy is hard to distinguish from Obama’s. America’s capitulation is complete, with appalling results.
I find the comments critical of Roger Cohen’s analysis more convincing than the comments of his supporters. What I would like from Roger Cohen and the NY Times, is an in depth analysis of the non ISIS rebel groups, their strengths and weaknesses, abilities and willingness to fight, their religious and political views, and how much support we are giving them now. While Cohen and friends are perhaps right that it would be nice if we cleaned up Syria, since our invasion of Iraq unleashed and helped create ISIS, two trillion dollars invested wasn’t enough, and the next two trillion should go to places like Flint Michigan, and rebuilding our infrastructure and factories, so we can compete in the future with China. Cohen and company are probably wrong in thinking that Russia is our number one enemy. Russia continues to weaken and make bad choices. China is the emerging threat, and they have quietly been at war with the west for a long time, over the shelling and total destruction of the Summer Palaces in 1860 by the British and the French. In the 20th century, China suffered more devastating military humiliations by the western powers and then the Japanese. the new China super power is emerging from the ashes of two centuries of humiliations. While we waste our resources in middle east sink holes, China is building factories and quietly taking market share.
David is about to publish his first novel, The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Vietnam, 1770-1802.