This article was written by Joshua Krause and originally published at The Daily Sheeple.
Editor’s Comment: In reality, Putin is the only one engaging in diplomacy in the Middle East, or anywhere else. The last two decades of American foreign policy in the region have been embarrassing measures of aggression and secret agenda. Russia’s president may not have pure intentions – one can hardly let down their guard – but he is at least going through the motions to appear fair and reasonable.
However, Putin’s maneuvers in sending troops to Syria to clean up the mess largely instigated by the U.S. and its proxy-terrorist army ISIS have served an agenda of slapping the U.S. on the cheek for its transgressions. Putin has done so without directly antagonizing the West, or prodding with a stick for further escalation… simply by making it obvious how insincere and two-faced the interventions in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria and the general surrounding region have been. What’s next, and where is this going? Who, if anyone, will gain in the balance of world order and global power? Not sure, but Putin is playing a better game at the moment.
The Real Reason Why Putin Pulled Out of Syria
by Joshua Krause
In the West, most intel analysts have a habit of saying that Putin is dangerous and unpredictable. He always seems to be one step ahead of the US, and his actions often come as a complete surprise to Western governments. He keeps his cards close, and allegedly, even many of his closest advisers are not aware of his long-term plans. In addition to this, his history as a spy with KGB taught him a thing or two on counter-intelligence and misdirection, and he is hyper aware of the fact that what he says could telegraph his intentions. In short, Putin is one tough cookie to crack.
Obviously this worries most people in the US intelligence community, such as Gregory Treverton, the chairman of the National Intelligence Council. As far as world figures go, he views Putin as the most difficult person to unravel.
“Putin is so isolated that the chances that he might miscalculate and do something rash are top of my list for things I worry about,” says Treverton. “I am fond of distinguishing between puzzles — those things that have an answer, though we may not know it — and mysteries, those things that are iffy and contingent. And so how Putin is going to behave is presumably a mystery, and probably even a mystery to Putin.”
He makes it sound like Putin is an agent of chaos. A wild card if you will. However, it’s more likely that Putin is just smarter than our intelligence agencies give him credit for, which gives him the appearance of being unpredictable. After all, smart people always seem wily and magical to people who lack imagination. It’s obvious that he isn’t making random and rash decisions, because after the fact, those decisions often make a lot of sense.
Case in point, Putin’s recent decision to pull the bulk of his military forces out of Syria.
President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that “the main part” of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw, telling his diplomats to step up the push for peace as U.N.-mediated talks resumed on ending the five-year-old war.
Damascus rejected any suggestion of a rift with Moscow, saying President Bashar al-Assad had agreed on the “reduction” of Russian forces in a telephone call with Putin.
Western diplomats speculated that Putin may be trying to press Assad into accepting a political settlement to the war, which has killed 250,000 people, although U.S. officials saw no sign yet of Russian forces preparing to pull out.
The anti-Assad opposition expressed bafflement, with a spokesman saying, “Nobody knows what is in Putin’s mind”.
Just as the West was blindsided by Russia’s move into Syria, they were equally shocked to hear that he was pulling out. As of this writing, Putin has followed through on his promise, and Russian fighter jets are periodically being flown out of the country. Troop withdrawals are expected to follow very soon. Meanwhile, the Western media is still scrambling to figure out why this is happening.
They keep saying that Russia is trying to stifle Assad’s hubris, or that they’re afraid the Syrian war is going to turn into a quagmire, or some nonsense like that. So what’s the real reason Putin ordered this surprising withdrawal? In a sense, it’s a demonstration of Russia’s power and newfound political clout. According to Paul Craig Roberts:
With ISIS beat down, there is less danger of Washington using a peace-seeking ceasefire to resurrect the Islamic State’s military capability. Therefore, the risk Putin is taking by trusting Washington is worth the payoff if the result is to enhance Russian diplomacy and elevate it above Washington’s reliance on threats, coercion, and violence. What Putin is really aiming for is to make Europeans realize that by serving as Washington’s vassals European governments are supporting violence over peace and may themselves be swept by the neoconservatives into a deadly conflict with Russia that would ensure Europe’s destruction.
Putin has also demonstrated that, unlike Washington, Russia is able to achieve decisive military results in a short time without Russian casualties and to withdraw without becoming a permanent occupying force. This very impressive performance is causing the world to rethink which country is really the superpower.
Does anyone else get the sense that while Washington is playing checkers, Putin is playing chess? I sure do.
Yeah but since ISIS is basically ubiquitous and pretty much anybody, how does he know they’re done?
I mean sure he’s honed down their so called military but it only takes one asshole strapped full of explosives to wreck your week.
Why on earth would they stop now?
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if it is because of a peace deal, may be they do not trust Obama and Kerry
well i sure would NOT trust a traitor(Kerry) and a muslim (Obama)! and i am sure Putin is ten times smarter than those two scumbags!
Putin Plays Chess,
Obama Plays Checkers yelling King Me!!
Kerry Plays with himself..
“President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that “the main part” of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw”
It was not out of the blue. Anyone who had been actually LISTENING instead of slinging mud all the time, would know that Putin said from the very beginning – this would only be a LIMITED endeavor with a defined goal.
Putin simply kept his word.
I agree that that would be completely confounding to western politicians and analysts, because all they know are lies, posturing and propaganda leading up to perpetual war.
It has been said many times that the US wouldn’t know THE TRUTH if it slapped them in the face – well, THEY WERE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!
Good article but missing some glaringly obvious points:
Gas pipeline to Europe through Syria: BLOCKED
Future profits to Gazprom from Russia: PROTECTED
Maintenance on equipment:IN PROGRESS
Putin is only pulling out ground troops, the Russians are still going to Bomb ISIS Aka:(CIA Operatives) Hauling Illegal stolen Oil to Turkey ports, to then sell to Israel.
So you can see who is financially supporting ISIS.. Even an ugly 3rd grader can see this clear as day. The US Foreign Policy is criminal and unmoral.
Thank you Mr Putin for your support of the American People and exposing the truth of the matter.
Because Putin is smart enough to understand that as the American election process moves closer to a new administration, the elite neo-cons are pushing for War in the Middle East. And a conflict between East and West could easily escalate into a nuclear confrontation. Putin is denying them that option. He is not only outsmarted Washington, but has probably saved the World from Armageddon; at least for now.!
Guys –if you don’t get by know- they play all together – against you – that all theater – fraud — do you get it – entientes – verstehst du?
He does have the public opinion on his site – that does make it easier to bring you Lenin Communismto all in the end.
BS. Stop towing the neocon line.
Well said !
Obama or Kerry or Mrs Clinton and Trump too can do nothing, nothing without approval from Congress and they are all getting income from Israel.
Democracy has been brought by the bankers and this is why we will continue to become weaker unless we grow some balls and start to write out own rules like the elite are doing every single day of the week.
Cops today are getting away with plain old bloody murder so don’t lets argue about upholding the law, we have no rights.
Russian times ” Russia may deploy military back to Syria in the matter of hours”…..Putin is just practicing his game plan
He is prepared for the west to start the war all over again, as we all know they want to do.
A Smart Guy Like Putin, knows when to Pull Out. Unlike Obama, who stays in too long and shoots his Wad impregnating the 3rd world nation, and then takes in all its refugees as dependents. This is simple stuff people.
Nice. Wish he would invade DC…he would have my support.
I suspect he knows that Saudi and Turkey will do something big in Syria and he wants to get out of the way for the first phase, so he can hammer them in the 2nd and 3rd phases. It will go like this: Saudi and Turkey do a dash for Damascus, and move into Iraq from the North, they then get bogged down in urban warfare with Iran/Hezbollah (who will use tactics from Yemen), Russia then declares this an illegal invasion, and is asked by the sovereign government of Syria to launch airstrikes against the invaders. Russia then launches long-range strikes (already Beta tested to show they work), and finds itself hammering Saudi and Turkish military, all while abiding by international law. With Turkey bogged down in Iraq/Syria, Russia moves to clear the Bospherous for its shipping. Just as NATO threatens to make a move, millions upon millions of refugees move into Europe, clogging up roads, rail networks and social services. The countries are too busy dealing with this mess to do anything else.
@ Frank…great post.. I am disappointed that you had not referenced any large breasts bouncing on fleeing refugee women.
Yes Frank you could well be right.
Many people in Europe now see Turkey and Saudi Arabia as fully backing ISIS with instructions and weapons coming from the USA and won’t allow our leaders to use NATO to protect these terrorists.
Mini nukes could well be used to defend Syria who is attacking no one but that won’t invoke MAD and lets remember that the USA was going to use mini nukes when they invaded Iraq if Saddams army made a run to attack Saudi Arabia.
Race riots will break out if millions of immigrants are sent our way by Tukey and our government tries to give them the same special treatment most immigrants get when they arrive here in order to force wages down and house prices up.
This could well back-fire on more than just the turkish government if things get out of hand and Turkey is to blame.
Old Putski is giving the west more rope to hang itself.
We haven’t learned because of the TPTB in the USA want to leave forces in counties to push the USA agenda.
TRPTB didn’t let us win, in Korea, or NAM. We really haven’t won in Iraq, or Afghanistan. They are still fighting. All this fighting is doing is keep our economy afloat. The worse thing is that if the USA used its true strength there would be nobody that could stand up to us. Then again there might just be only ashes!
Remember what IKE said!!!!!
we weren’t supposed to win.. its not about winning.. its about profits and control
Putin’s pulling out of Syria because ISIS left there a long time ago when they walked into Europe.
They pretty much destroyed ISIS from the standpoint of a military force, what is left are smaller groups with lesser ability to fight combat against local militaries.
They didn’t need to be there much longer, mission accomplished.
When you can pull your troops out and make Obama look like Quagmire Joe, that’s a bonus.
Hahaha Quagmire Joe! Never mind Russia may have learned that lesson in Afghanistan, we did not learn anything in Vietnam.
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Never forget that someone with less power is not usually tempted to use brute force. They die if they do. It encourages intelligence and forethought… chess instead of a hammer. If people admire Putin, why are our candidates hammers?
Prob f9gured out they are like roaches and cant kill them one at a time so pull out and kill everything by big bomb
When I was younger, I watched Monty Python.
Now I watch the MSM news, antics in D.C. and the idiots running for president…
…can’t tell the difference.
How about Iran moving in as someone has written?
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Putin is doing what we should have been doing, get in, get it done, get out.
Putin is playing chess, Obamy is playing checkers…or tidely winks.
I have been saying this for at least two years. Nice to see someone else agrees with me.