Putin gets it
Russian President Vladimir Putin has kept a relatively low profile since Trump’s Raytheon missile bonanza in Syria last Thursday.
‘Thinking before acting’ is certainly not the standard operating procedure in Washington, but it’s definitely a credo that Putin follows.
So Putin took a few days to think. And now the fun begins:
Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the allies of the United States into mindless support for missile strike on Syrian airbase. He declared it in interview to TV channel “Mir 24”.
“What was the reaction of the NATO allies? All nod, as bobbleheads without analyzing anything that is going on. Where is the evidence of the Syrian army using chemical weapons? There is none. It is an obvious fact.”
Or as another report puts it:
Question: Mr Putin, if I may, I have a question about Syria. What is your take on what is happening in Syria? Is there a danger of another US military strike against Syrian targets?
Vladimir Putin: We discussed this with the President. I said that this reminds me very much of the events of 2003, when US representatives in the Security Council showed alleged chemical weapons discovered in Iraq. A military campaign in Iraq ensued, which ended with the destruction of the country, an increased terrorist threat and the emergence of ISIS on the international scene – no more, no less.
The exact same thing is happening now, and their partners are nodding approvingly. In this connection, our remarkable writers, Ilf and Petrov, come to mind, with their famous line, “It’s boring, ladies.“ We have seen this all before.