Obama concedes the Mideast to Putin

By EYTAN GILBOA
March 3, 2016 14:05

The Russian-Iranian alliance is far more dangerous for the future of the Middle East than ISIS.




Kerry and Lavrov

Kerry and Lavrov. (photo credit:SHIN BET,REUTERS)

THE TURNING point was the Syrian chemical weapons crisis in August 2013. US President Barack Obama wanted to deter Syria’s Bashar Assad from further use of chemical weapons against his opponents and had drawn a red line a year earlier – any Syrian chemical attacks, he warned, would draw a powerful US military response.

Therefore, a major crisis erupted when in late August 2013 Assad crossed that line.

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