Quote Originally Posted by Coin View Post
A good negotiation is one in which both parties leave slightly disappointed.
Like in Iraq. Putin has nothing substantial to lose, but gains in either case. If Obama hits Syria Putin can decry it and use it as propaganda. It effectively weakens the US in many quarters as populations have their own take on what is going on. Here in Germany the population is against any intervention. Mass murder is not an overriding issue. Fine points like the use of chemical weapons of mass destruction to quash civil unrest do not really register. The US aggressor up to his evil ways again is the problem.

Though I must say, that this time there has obviously been a desire by the government circulated among the public media to hold down anti Americanism in the news. It is not as aggressively anti American as it was a few months ago.