Putin rolls the dice in Syria

Posted in the Chicago Forum

Richard Lourie

Matawan, NJ

#1 Sep 19, 2013
Putin rolls the dice in Syria
by Richard Lourie
September 19, 2013 | 1:30PM ET

Commentary: Kremlin'€™s initial audacity paid off big, but the game in Syria is very chancy and far from overFor Russian President Vladimir Putin, success in Syria involves multiple components. He wants Russia to re-emerge as a player of importance in the Middle East, a goal he already seems to have attained. He wants to keep Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power and see Islamist rebels defeated. He wants to see Syria's chemical weapons accounted for and destroyed. He wants tensions to remain high in the region, which keeps the price of oil up. And he wants to humiliate, or at least humble, President Barack Obama.

Putin is old-fashioned enough for Russia's greatness to matter to him. He does not want to be the captain of a team that finishes low in the division. The shirtless photo ops are just the outward sign of a type of Slavic machismo that prides itself on being able to endure anything and ultimately emerge victorious.


Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Chicago Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Messianic Jews say they are persecuted in Israel (Jun '08) 3 min JOEL 71,230
BARACK OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE: Suit contesting... (Jan '09) 4 min Frank 182,059
Barack Obama, our next President (Nov '08) 6 min johnplustwomore 1,155,738
Once slow-moving threat, global warming speeds ... (Dec '08) 17 min OzRitz 49,313
Ill. House Approves Legalizing Same-Sex Civil U... (Dec '10) 1 hr KiMare 51,283
Is Vanessa Hudgens A PORN-STAR ?? (Oct '07) 2 hr Jenny Derin 187
Topix Chitown Regulars (Aug '09) 2 hr Chitfaced 98,874
Chicago Dating
Find my Match
More from around the web

Chicago People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Chicago News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Chicago

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]

NFL Latest News

Updated 4:00 am PST

Bleacher Report 4:00AM
Breaking Down Colts' Game Plan vs. Titans
Bleacher Report 5:00 AM
Can't-Miss Picks and Matchup Guide
Bleacher Report 8:09 AM
Breaking Down Bears' Game Plan vs. Vikings
NBC Sports 9:15 AM
Lance Briggs "happy" with Robbie Gould's comments
Bleacher Report11:45 AM
Complete Week 17 Preview for Vikings vs. Bears