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View Diary: Kerry expected to sharpen criticism of Syrian regime in statement today. Intervention seems likely (377 comments)

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  •  I wouldn't count on that (0+ / 0-)

    The last thing the Russians want is to upset the apple cart in Syria, especially since US and Russian interests in Syria are diametrically opposed. Assad might be a cruel despot, but he's at least a known quantity that Russia can deal with and get a lot of advantages out of. A replacement might not be so amenable to Russian interests. It's pure wishful thinking to believe that the Russians would merely stand by even for a limited US strike (and even one that doesn't target Assad). Escalation and a bitter US-Russian standoff would be far more likely.

    •  If there are people (0+ / 0-)

      connected with the Syrian regime who might be more to the liking of the Russians, it's most likely a safe bet that the Russians know exactly who those people are. I have no doubt that the Russians would throw Assad under the bus if they think it is in their interests to do so.

      The more people I encounter, the more I appreciate our cats.

      by Old Sailor on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 03:04:06 PM PDT

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