Lord Palmerston, Assad, and Others: Time to Get Real

I am becoming increasingly frustrated by the idiocy of the obsession by seemingly everyone with Russia and Putin and with Syria and Assad.  It's nutty (to put it in intellectual terms). There ar bigger, and more dangerous, fish to fry (speaking intellectually again). I stipulate that both leaders are tyrants and that both are war criminals, but what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?  That is, as things stand now, neither poses a direct threat to the vital national interests of the United States, nor is unbridled opposition to either nation in the vital national interests of the United States. Russia's re-absorption of Crimea was a direct result of the West's foolish acts in 2014 to force Kiev to choose between it and Russia, politically, economically, and militarily.  Putin, in effect, said "Oh, yeah – two can play that game." Russia did not re-absorb the Donbas.  Instead, it supported that...(Read Full Article)