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    "Putin Is The New Master Of The Middle East"
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-1...er-middle-east


    As Bloomberg writes today, "the Israelis and Turks, the Egyptians and Jordanians -
    they’re all beating a path to the Kremlin in the hope that Vladimir Putin, the new master of the Middle East,
    can secure their interests and fix their problems."

    And now, none other than Saudi Arabia is the latest to make friendly overtures toward the Kremlin,
    when Saudi King Salman visits Moscow on Wednesday, the first monarch of the oil-rich kingdom to do so.
    At the top of his agenda will be reining in Iran, a close Russian ally seen as a deadly foe by most Gulf Arab states.


    SYRIA CHANGED 'REALITY'

    As Bloomberg concedes, until very recently, Washington stood alone as the go-to destination for such leaders.
    Now, however, "American power in the region is perceptibly in retreat" a testament to the success of Russia’s military intervention in Syria,
    which has not only succeeded in squashing the local Islamic State threat,
    but kept President Bashar al-Assad in power after years of U.S. insistence that he must go.

    “It changed the reality, the balance of power on the ground,” said Dennis Ross, America’s former chief Mideast peace negotiator
    who advised several presidents from George H. W. Bush to Barack Obama.
    “Putin has succeeded in making Russia a factor in the Middle East. That’s why you see a constant stream of Middle Eastern visitors going to Moscow.”





    The tables began to turn in 2013, when the U.S. under Obama decided not to attack Assad.
    Two years later, Putin sent troops and planes to defend him.

    For the most part, America’s local allies were firmly in the Assad-must-go camp.
    They were disillusioned when U.S. military might wasn’t deployed to force him out.

    Russia’s clout in the region has grown “because Obama allowed it to,’’ said Khaled Batarfi, a professor at Alfaisal University’s branch in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    “Unfortunately he withdrew to a great extent from the Middle East.’’

    That view is widespread.
    It was bluntly expressed last month by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
    who spent years urging American action against Assad. Talks with the U.S. “couldn’t get any results,’’ he said.

    And, as discussed here previously, Turkey has now alligned with Russia and Iran in a plan to de-escalate the conflict.
    It’s “achieving a result,’’ Erdogan said.



    SAUDIS

    Meanwhile, in the most bizarre reversal, the Saudis, who had financed rebels fighting against Assad
    as well as radical, Al Qaeda splinter groups and according to Hillary Clinton, the Islamic State itself,
    are cooperating with Russia in coaxing the opposition to unite for peace talks –
    which will likely cement the Syrian leader in power, even as Saudi Arabia has splintered from its long-time ally Qatar.

    As the goal of regime-change in Syria recedes, priorities have shifted.
    The Saudis and other Arab Gulf powers are urging Russia to reduce Iran’s role in Syria,
    where Hezbollah and other Shiite militias supported by Tehran have provided shock troops for Assad’s offensive.

    “Russia is better off not to be on one side of it. That’s the key message," Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a U.A.E.-based political analyst, told Bloomberg.
    “Here is the king, representing Arab Gulf countries, representing a lot of geopolitical weight, coming to Russia.
    And Russia has to take that into consideration.’’

    However
    any expectations the Saudi monarch may have of inserting a wedge between Russia and Iran will soon be dashed:
    Putin won’t shift his stance on Iran to accommodate Saudi wishes.



    ISRAEL

    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has visited Russia four times in the past 18 months,
    has also found it hard to sway the Russian leader.

    In August, Netanyahu told Putin that Iran’s growing foothold in Syria is “unacceptable.’’
    In September he told CNN that the Iranians are trying to “colonize’’ Syria with the aim of “destroying us and conquering the Middle East."

    Russia, though, refused his demand for a buffer zone inside Syria that would keep the forces of Iran and Hezbollah
    at least 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the Israeli border, instead, Russia offered a 5-kilometer exclusion zone.

    While Russia didn’t give way on the buffer zone, it has a tacit understanding
    that permits Israel to carry out airstrikes against Hezbollah in Syria, said Andrey Kortunov,
    director general of the Russian International Affairs Council, a research group set up by the Kremlin.

    It’s been mediating, along with Egypt, to end the decade-old inter-Palestinian rift between Fatah in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza.
    Putin invited rival Libyan factions to Moscow, after a series of peace efforts by other countries came to nothing.
    Russia has become a leading investor in oil-rich Iraqi Kurdistan,
    and was one of the few world powers to refrain from condemning its recent vote on independence.





    Russia also rejected a U.S. demand to make the Euphrates river a dividing line
    between Syrian government troops and U.S.-supported forces in eastern Syria.
    This led to a race to capture territory from retreating Islamic State fighters in a strategic and oil-rich border region,
    and is currently manifesting itself in the scramble to control Drer Ezzor.




    Putin has another material advantage over American presidents according to Paul Salem, vice president of the Middle East Institute in Washington.
    He has no Congress to worry about, and no elections that he risks losing.
    Putin has been around for almost two decades, a long time in geopolitics, with “very consistent leadership, a consistent message,” Salem said.

    “He says what he does, he does what he says.”
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    Will Trump Recognize Israeli Annexations?
    http://original.antiwar.com/smith-gr...i-annexations/


    Israel and its lobby want President Trump to formally recognize territories annexed by Israel, but that most of the world consider unlawfully occupied. Bestowing U.S. legitimacy on Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights, seized by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War, would solidify a "buffer zone" to keep Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard at bay in war-torn Syria, argued Benjamin Netanyahu in April.

    US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman argued last week that the presence of hundreds of thousands of Israelis in the West Bank is only an "alleged occupation." Friedman claimed settlements were "only occupying 2% of the West Bank," elaborating that "I think the settlements are part of Israel." 53 members of Congress on a recent American Israel Education Foundation junkets to Israel are told in briefings by AIPAC lobbyists accompanying them that East Jerusalem, also seized by Israel in 1967, "is not a settlement."

    One reason Israel and its lobby may soon get their way on formal recognition is that Americans are evenly split. An IRmep poll fielded the issue September 30-October 2 to a representative cross-section of 1,000 adult American Internet users. It reveals a result too close to call, with 48.3% saying Trump should not recognize Israeli territorial annexations, but 47.3% saying that he should. The poll has an RMSE score of 6%, and may be filtered by demographics online.

    Poll: Israel’s lobby wants Pres. Trump to recognize Israel’s annexing East Jerusalem, part of the West Bank & Syria’s Golan Heights. Past US presidents & UN resolutions opposed it.



    Imposing a "peace plan" that bestows US recognition of territories Israel already considers its own should be expected from a Trump Middle East peace team that tilts wholly toward Israel. The pro-Israel advisors surrounding President Trump could convince him such a move would be not only a pathway to greatness, but one that Congress dare not challenge. Harry S. Truman is revered by many for extending de facto recognition of Israel the same day it declared independence. Other countries, Trump’s advisors may whisper, will quickly fall in line after he makes such a "decisive" and "presidential" move, a singular victory after an embarrassing recent string of policy defeats. Many top Israel affinity organizations that do proprietary polling may already be arguing that Americans are – at best – indifferent.

    The consequences of US recognition, however, could be severe. Palestinians, long suffering under Israeli occupation, could be even further marginalized, dispossessed of land, and displaced. It could unravel the United Nations, founded on the principle that member states must "refrain" from expansion through territorial conquest. U.N. resolutions – passed by member states who expected them to carry weight – have long proclaimed Israel’s annexations and occupations are unlawful.

    Any remaining global good will toward the United States, already severely eroded by Middle East military interventions premised on disinformation, could vanish entirely. Legitimizing Israel’s annexations would confirm that the essence of US conduct toward Israel-Palestine is a transactional, opaque, cash-and-carry operation administered primarily for Israel through the behind-the-scenes machinations of its tiny, unrepresentative, influential and extremely wealthy US lobby.

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    What has happened in recent years raises so many questions. Putin should be held accountable by US media for maltreating leaders of the free world in mideast and crossing all sorts of reddish lines everywhere.

    Russia’s Latest Pro-Putin Art Exhibit Shows Him Spanking Obama
    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer...ing-obama.html






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    Putin sent Vice premier Rogozin to welcome Saudi king... (no 'personal' greeting for chief wahhabist?)



    Saudi Arabia buying S-400 missile systems
    http://tass.com/defense/969189


    Saudi Deals...

    Saudi Aramco mulling both LNG purchase from Russia, joining Russian LNG projects

    RDIF, SAUDI ARAMCO JOINT FUND TO INVEST IN OILFIELD SERVICES
    ALLOW RUSSIAN COMPANIES TO RECEIVE NEW CONTRACTS IN KINGDOM – DMITRIEV

    Sibur, Saudi Arabia investing $1.1 bln in joint gas chemical plant
    Interfax


    UAE

    UAE wants to buy over a squadron of Su-35 advanced fighter jets from Russia
    http://tass.com/defense/968593




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    Transport completed of six MiG-29s Russia donated to Serbia.
    http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics...&nav_id=102480





    Russian police raided Soros linked "Open Russia" offices today. Kohodorkovsky is not happy.




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    David Friedman's no ambassador:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...israel/510905/

    (If you couldn't already tell by his surname.)
    They fought the Wars
    They lost.
    They turned friends
    into enemies.
    Who became
    friends of our enemies.
    They stood alone, in splendid isolation,
    And said it was their only choice.

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    reading 'between' what is said/not said and what is implied (advanced geo-politics )

    The Duran
    Saudi FM offers thinly veiled criticism of US during press conference with Sergey Lavrov
    http://theduran.com/saudi-fm-offers-...sergey-lavrov/

    The foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov has held a press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir,
    following President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Saudi King Salman, the first of its kind on Russia soil.

    Such deals included the sale of Russia’s S-400 defensive missile system to Saudi Arabia.
    This has obvious parallels to Turkeys’ recent purchase of an S-400 system.
    Turkey, like Saudi Arabia is a traditional US ally, but each country has seen the logistical and cost benefits
    of Russia’s famed missile defence system.

    The US weapons monopoly on Saudi has officially been broken.





    FOREIGN MINISTERS PRESS CONFERENCE




    Sergey Lavrov spoke first, describing the series of meetings between government and business leaders from the two countries
    as “friendly and constructive”.

    He then described the various agreements made on trade, investment and cultural exchange,
    including cooperation in respect of building nuclear power facilities in Saudi, space exploration and infrastructure.

    Lavrov further stated that the heads of Russian and Saudi companies had deeply constructive talks.



    Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir then offered warm words for his Russian hosts.
    The Saudi Foreign Minister spoke of reaching “new horizons which we couldn’t even imagine in the past”
    and thanked the leaders of Russian government for making this possible at many levels.

    Continuing the warm tone, Al-Jubeir stated that Saudi considers Russia to be a neighbourly country
    as “we are not far from one another” and that furthermore, “we have shared episodes in history”.




    The most important element to Al-Jubeir’s speech came next when he said that both Russia and Saudi
    do not interfere in the domestic issues of other nations.
    He further stated that both countries reject the idea of “imposing strange and alien principles unto other societies”.

    While this claim is factually dubious at best
    seeing as Saudi is well known for spending millions on spreading Wahhabi ideology throughout the world,
    the intent of the statement is more important than its factual merits.

    Al-Jubeir’s statement represents a clear inference to the United States,
    which for decades has exercised a foreign policy designed to put in friendly regimes throughout the world
    which are putatively modeled on the US style of governance.

    While Saudi has tended to support such efforts,
    the statement criticizing the US model of foreign policy, made while in Russia,
    is a clear sign that even Saudi Arabia seeks to distance itself
    from the increasingly failed US geo-political framework.

    Additionally, the statement also shows that as an ally of the US, Saudi rejects the Russiagate theory,
    by affirming that far from meddling in countries like the US,
    Russia doesn’t have an interest in modifying the internal workings of any state.

    In this sense, Saudi distanced its public image from the US by parsing Russian pragmatism
    while rejecting the mainstay of US propaganda against Russia over the last year.

    In many ways this statement was the highest compliment a US ally could give to Russia.
    It was a clear sign that even a country as entrenched in the US geo-political system as Saudi Arabia
    is serious about diversifying its geo-political and geo-economic strategy.





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    (weaponizing Google & Youtube)

    RT pullled from YouTube Prime without notice “UNACCEPTABLE”
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    Russia Increases Economic Support For North Korea As China Backs Away
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-1...ina-backs-away


    "Russia’s reasoning is simple: If the North Korean regime falls, more US troops could deploy near Russia’s eastern border –
    an eventuality that Moscow would like to avoid, given the NATO buildup in Europe."

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post
    skip to 1:45

    "I haven't decided who I might run against"
    Let that sink in for a second.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankindÖitís people I canít stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Let that sink in for a second.
    haha... yeah I thot about that one...
    something tells me, even tho it's an Inessa B. translation (she's usually pretty good),
    that it was more like... "I haven't decided yet... depending on who I might run against"
    in other words...
    nobody has to declare until November... he wants to see who's in the 'shadows' lurking...
    he's not going to surrender the 'reins' to some schmuck.

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    btw...
    Here's a 2 year 'anniversary' encapsulation/review of Syrian efforts. Sept. 30 2015-2017

    Last edited by goldenequity; 10-05-2017 at 10:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post
    haha... yea I thot about that one...
    something tells me, even tho it's an Inessa B. translation (she's usually pretty good),
    that it was more like... "I haven't decided yet... depending on who I might run against"
    in other words...
    nobody has to declare until November... he wants to see who's in the 'shadows' lurking...
    he's not going to surrender the 'reins' to some schmuck.
    Lost in translation is a possibility, but how long do you think it will take the Neo-Cons to pounce on that one?
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankindÖitís people I canít stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

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    State Dept. approves $15bn sale of THAAD missile defense to Saudi Arabia - Pentagon
    https://www.rt.com/usa/405937-us-thaad-saudi-sale/


    Let's see...
    they got Israel's 'Iron Dome',
    the Patriot missile defense,
    now $15 billion worth of THAAD
    and they just inked the Russian S-400's deal in Moscow..
    and
    the bare footed Yemeniis are still launching short ranged missiles into their .mil air bases unimpeded.
    Last edited by goldenequity; 10-06-2017 at 01:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post
    State Dept. approves $15bn sale of THAAD missile defense to Saudi Arabia - Pentagon
    https://www.rt.com/usa/405937-us-thaad-saudi-sale/


    Let's see...
    they got Israel's 'Iron Dome',
    the Patriot missile defense,
    now $15 billion worth of THAAD
    and they just inked the Russian S-400's deal in Moscow..
    and
    the bare footed Yemeniis are still launching short ranged missiles into their .mil air bases unimpeded.
    The more money they waste on weapons the sooner they will collapse.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankindÖitís people I canít stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment






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