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Syria: Russia Acts, US Sulks

Obama refuses to meet Russian Prime Minister Medvedev to discuss Syria and anti-terrorist cooperation

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Moscow has Washington really pissed off.

The Russians are in Syria fighting terrorists.  They have done serious damage to the Islamic State.  They are helping the Syrian army advance.  

They have shown off military capabilities Washington thought they never had - and which only the US by rights ought to have.

They won’t accept the US’s “lead” (ie. obey US orders).  The won’t let the US create “safe havens” (ie. invade Syria) or set up a “no-fly zone” (ie. bomb Damascus).

They won’t allow Washington’s stooges - the “moderate terrorists” - overthrow the Syrian government.  

They are even talking to Washington’s friends - the Israelis and the Saudis - who actually prefer to go to Moscow and talk with Putin than go to Washington and talk to the POTUS.

This is outrageous!

The US however has a crushing reply.

Just because the Russians are talking to everybody, it doesn’t mean the US will talk to them!

No way will they meet with Prime Minister Medvedev - Obama’s old buddy - to discuss anti-terrorist cooperation.

The US won’t talk to Russia unless the Russians “agree to follow the US’s lead” (ie. agree to whatever the US wants) and “stop helping the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad” (ie. let the US overthrow him).

Of course if the Russians agreed to that there would soon be nothing left in Syria to talk about.  Think Iraq.  Think Libya.

The US no doubt thinks this is very awesome and impressive.

Some of us might call it a childish sulk.

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