And when did I say I sided with Putin ? Please quote me, pretty please. I hope I don't have to wait to long or ignored.
Russia/Soviet Union have had close ties going back to the 60's during the Cold War and established a forward naval base at Tartus, Syria in 71.
That Russian naval base is still their and the Russians have been dumping a lot of money modernizing the base and reinforcing the base with Russian Marines.
I know two weeks ago there were 12 Russian warships operating from Tartus.
Where's the U.S. Navy ? Ask Obama. Again no U.S. Navy CSG or ARG in the 6th Fleet AOR. Obama making the same mistake he made when the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked and four Americans were murdered because of dereliction of duty by Obama by not having a military response at sea in the 6th Fleet AOR to respond to such an incident.
When the past eleven President were always able to have a carrier battle group/carrier strike group in the Mediterranean 24/7 and Obama isn't capable of doing it.
Remember, there are 30,000 Russian civilian citizen residing in Syria.
What Russia did in Georgia a back in 08. Send in a hundred thousand troop, put blue helmets on them and call them peace keepers. Deploy the troops between the rebels and Assad's forces.
Here's the difference between Putin and the Russians compared with Obama. Russians are feared but respected by Muslims because there is no such thing as "political correctness" in Russia. They don't have a PC policy of winning anyone's hearts and minds. And both sunnies and Shiites seem to know this and they respect it out of fear. Also nobody wants to confront a Russian soldier drunk on vodka.
I just heard on the news that Putin was talking to the British PM about Syria. It was mentioned the other day, it's impossible for Russia to work with Obama on ending the conflict in Syria. Lets face it, Obama isn't a statesman, he surrounded himself with second rate people. Has a failed foreign policy. And you know what Russia and many other countries think of John Kerry ? Not even Kerry's former Communist allies during the 70's respect Kerry because Kerry back stabbed the American soldier while they were still on the battlefields of Vietnam.
I wish it was true these days
Unfortunately, Russia's influence in the ME is pretty much non existent and mainly extends only to the Shia dominated countries (that's pretty much only Iran and Syria).
The Sunnah dominated countries (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, etc...) are cooperating with US and other European countries and they are no longer respect or afraid of Russia - mainly because of Russia's dumb, corrupt and weak foreign policy in the region and in the world.
Russia downgrades relations with Qatar over attack on ambassador | Russia | RIA Novosti
Moreover, Russia is also suffering from the rise of the ugly head of the PC movement, the only ones that are not affected by it yet are the residents of the rural areas of the country.
But Russian soldiers are still the best in the world (yeah that's my national pride talking) despite all the attempts of "modernization"/total corruption/plain theft and more....there is a Russian saying explaining this;
"You know why Russian soldiers are the best int he world? They simply have nothing to lose."
But any where that the head of PC appears is a bad sign. Look at what it has done to America.
Do you think the Muslim Brotherhood have their eyes on Syria ? That would be Egypt.
The Sauds are Sunnies.
As I believe, it's a religious war just like the Iraq insurrection was. The vast majority of all of the Iraqi citizens that were killed during the Iraq war weren't killed by Americans but by other Arabs.
A large portion of the opposition forces in Syria are Sunni Isalmists (not Al-Qaeda) funded and supported by Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Hence, the calls for Jihad from multiple Sunni clerics. Hence, the influx of foreign Sunni and Shia (Hezbollah) fighters...etc.
It's easy to see that Obama and his supporters are confused about interest rates, the economy, the rapid increase in the use of food stamps, failed foreign policies, the ongoing scandals, the Presidents job description, and what all of this means for the future of the country.
Now the Obama administration or the NSA, (we don't know if BHO had any input or just read about it in the newspaper) is constructing a $2 billion spy center in Utah when they can't even build a fence along the Mexican border, or keep two terrorists from Chechnya entering the United States, despite repeated warnings. It seems a cruel joke has been played on the American people.
It seems that the West looks at these countries as having defined borders whereas many Arabs, and Muslims, don't quite see it that way. That's most evident when they say they want Jews off "our land". It's best to avoid involvement, keep Israel safe, and wait until the sand settles.
We did the same thing in Viet Nam.
Think if Trump get elected how much resistance he will face with in all phases of our country from people to military to politicians. He must not win.