This just confirms for me that one way or the other Iran will have a nuke. Russian will have it's land bridge to Crimea The eastern Med will fall completely under Russian influence, and Iran will control the Levant, the Persian Gulf, and the approaches to the Red Sea. Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt will be left to their own devices and remedies. In two short years that region will look entirely different, and will pose nearly insurmountable problems for Western Europe as well.
"I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance." William Faulkner
What Russia is trying to accomplish is to make up for lost leverage that has resulted from strained U.S. relations with Iran. Russia as used these strained relations as leverage against the U.S. With this agreement, the leverage will be gone, and Russia needs to create another point of leverage.
Russian Missile Sales to Iran Cross White House
Swear to God, we've become a world joke ... and that ain't an accident.Russia’s previous ban on selling Tehran the powerful defense system was hailed as a coup by the Obama administration and promoted by it as an example of President Obama’s ability to rein in Russian intransigence on the military front.
One senior Obama administration official speaking in 2010 described the S-300 sale as a “red line” for the United States that “couldn’t be crossed,” according to Foreign Policy.
Better never than late.
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