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Pact with Iraq, Syria, Russia and Iran announced prior to UN talks with Putin

If ever there was proof of Russia’s intentions in the Middle East, it can be seen in a just announced 4 nation pact there:

Iraq joined Russia, Iran and Syria in a new agreement to strengthen cooperation against extremist group Islamic State, extending the Kremlin’s reach in the Middle East as it rivals Washington for influence.

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Iraq’s Defense Ministry said Sunday that the country had signed an intelligence and security cooperation pact with Russia, Iran and Syria, pledging to cooperate in collecting information about Islamic State. The deal effectively formalizes years of military collaboration among the four nations, which have intermittently been allies since the 1980s.

Wonderful.  And who, pray, is on the outside looking in and surprised by the pact?

U.S. officials appeared to be taken by surprise by the announcement of the four-nation security pact and said they were still struggling to understand Mr. Putin’s long-term strategy for the region. Mr. Kerry, they said, kept open the possibility that the White House and Kremlin could coordinate, if not cooperate, in fighting Islamic State.

“We’re just at the beginning of trying to understand what the Russians’ intentions are in Syria, in Iraq, and to try to see if there are mutually beneficial ways forward here,” said a senior U.S. official who attended the Kerry-Lavrov meeting. “We’ve got a long way to go in that conversation.”

“Just in the beginning of trying to understand”?  Translation: “we’ve been caught flat-footed and hadn’t a clue that high-level talks between Russia and Iraq were happening”.  While Kerry may feel they have a “long way to go in that conversation,” Russia has obviously moved beyond the talking stage and is in the “taking action” stage.  The intent seems to be obvious to everyone but our State Department.

ISIS is the catalyst, or at least the excuse, for this alliance.  And most experts agree ISIS is mostly a result of the poor Iraq policy followed by the US after the Obama administration took over.  What Iraq is signaling here is no confidence in the US and with the pact, seems satisfied to let the US remain outside, looking in.  Why?  Well, take for example the fact that Russia sold fighter aircraft to Iraq last year to boost its ability to fight ISIS.  Where was the US?  It had delayed a promised shipment over political considerations.  Iraq is now negotiating with Moscow to buy more advanced weaponry.

Additionally, the Obama administration and the Russians and Iranians are at cross-purposes when it comes to Syria.  Both Russia and Iran have been very clear they support the Assad regime and hope to strengthen it.  The Obama administration has repeatedly said that Assad has to go.

What basis there are for talks between Russia and the US (at the UN this week) remain a mystery.  But what is very clear with the announcement of this pact just prior to those talks is the US enters them with an incredibly weak hand.  It has very little to use for leverage to get its way.  But one thing that can be determined for sure –  this administration’s past actions, or lack thereof, have put the US in this weak and unenviable diplomatic position.

Outfoxed again.  How “surprising”.

~McQ

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22 Responses to Pact with Iraq, Syria, Russia and Iran announced prior to UN talks with Putin

  • As I think I’ve noted before…

    Obama plays checkers.

    Putin plays chess.

    • … but Obama is the “smartest man in the [empty] room.”

      • Well, yeah, he’s the smartest man. He keeps sitting down with people to play checkers, and they keep making these blatently illegal moves! Sometimes they even move pieces all the way across the board in one move. Everybody knows that’s not how you play checkers. They’re so stupid!

  • The usual Obama administration response?
    “Unexpectedly”.

  • While Obama was getting high with the Choom Gang in college – Putin was working in the First Directorate of the KGB.
    If you synched their ages – Putin was working on his law degree while Barack was pretending to be a foreign exchange student from Kenya.

    Oh well, at least they both have Marxism in common.

    • Obama is running US foreign policy based on a paper he wrote back in college. Putin has moved on.

      • Do you think he actually wrote papers in college?
        I mean in the sense of doing research and writing things?
        Bozo is only a few years younger than I am.

        He’d have then had to either write it out long hand or type it himself.
        You think he actually has those skills? 🙂

        Now remember we’re talking about the era of the same (higher tech) Seletric typewriters that produced George W. Bush’s National Guard deserter evaluations for Danny Rather.
        I recall researching without benefit of internet, and long hand writing….and typing.
        That required actual work. You know, trips to the library, writing things out on paper (they sure as hell weren’t going to allow you to take notes with your typewriter IN the library…. Full disclosure, I was one of those people tasked with telling you to stop talking, snapping your gum, or otherwise making noise that would disturb your fellow researcher in the sanctified and quiet halls of Librarydom. There is no way on earth the hmmmmmmmm typitty typitty typitty thwack thwack carriage return line feed of an electric or manual typewriter was going to fly in that environment..

        I’m just not seeing Dr. Choom in that mode.

  • Yet they know when every American farts.

    The pact including Iraq, Syria & Iran has got to give Saudi Arabia some chills. We may lose them too out of shear fear. Then Israel is completely screwed.

    Obama will have lost the Middle East essentially completely in under 8 years.

  • But he WILL go down as one of the GREATS!!!

    Which all depends on what you mean by “go down”…

  • I’m sure Ott Scerb will be by directly to explain how this is all a ‘deft’ execution of what’s ‘good and necessary.’

  • His resume read: community agitator. Period.
    You received what was advertized.
    Next question?

    • Heh – you must have been reading conservative niche advertisers – the mainstream ones were telling us all about the free lunch we’d get with every bottle of Hopey Change soft drink.

  • Good thing there are sanctions in place against at least one of these, namely Iran. Oh wait…

  • “We’re just at the beginning of trying to understand what the Russians’ intentions are in Syria, in Iraq, and to try to see if there are mutually beneficial ways forward here,” said a senior U.S. official who attended the Kerry-Lavrov meeting. “We’ve got a long way to go in that conversation.”

    Umm… you’ve got a long way to go because you’re not even a part of that conversation. This is 100% amateur hour on display.

  • In an interview broadcast on the private TVN station, [Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey] Andreev also said: “Polish policy led to the disaster in September 1939, because during the 1930s Poland repeatedly blocked the formation of a coalition against Hitler’s Germany. Poland was therefore partly responsible for the disaster which then took place.”

  • And we still have 1 year and 2 mos. to contend w/ Obama’s asinine policies…sigh and double sigh…