January 17, 2014

How Iran, Putin and Assad Outwitted America

David Keyes, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

Historians will look back at the present moment with astonishment that Iran so skillfully outwitted the West. They will note the breathtaking naiveté of American and European officials who let a brutal theocracy undermine Western interests throughout the Middle East. At one of Iran’s most vulnerable moments, America threw the mullahs a life-line; an ill-conceived nuclear deal coupled with a complete inability to stop Syria, Iran’s closest ally, from continuing to slaughter en masse. Western diplomats speak optimistically of a deal with Syria in Geneva, while the region’s thugs use force of arms to impose their will.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Bashar Al-Assad, Middle East, United States, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran

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