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The Daily Vertical: Mission Accomplished

The Daily Vertical: Mission Accomplishedi
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March 15, 2016
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by: David from: US
March 15, 2016 11:47
Putin knows what he is doing. Everything is strategic. He is placing his bets on someone doing something really stupid giving him an excuse to strike hard. Also, he cannot nuke the territory if he has his own troops there. We should contemplate that.

by: Meran from: London, UK
March 15, 2016 11:50
I would have preferred to see ISIS chased into the Mediterranean sea first, now they will regrow and we will be back to where we were if not worse, now that ISIS have moved into Europe and the USA thanks to the usual suspects !! this for me is not good news I'm afraid!! But thanks to Russia for showing the way of intelligence and strong international policy!!

by: Jason from: United States
March 15, 2016 11:54
I think even after this there is no vacuum in Syria. Russia is still there in their bases. They are simply moving their field pieces off the board "on paper," but I don't think they would not strike if someone make an attempt to take Syria. Now considering the USA has shown it's complete incompetence, and backs everyone from ISIS to Israel and Saudi and has over 700 non domestic military bases and is trying very clearly to rule the world... Russia has turned the Table. Putin has demonstrated 1. They are militarily superior 2. They have stronger allies 3. They are more adaptive, better resourced and resilient, 4. Russia makes a safer ally as they will not demand you trade in their Ruble, or that you change your government policies to suit Russia, 5. They will not seek to destabilize regions nations or countries 6. their proposal of a new united nations has legs because it is not simply the muscle behind one country (the USA).

by: Adam J. from: USA
March 15, 2016 12:01
Russians are very proud to be Russian - patriotic is un understatement. No one wants to "escape" Russia. People are lining up to get in. Further, the USA cannot keep a secret to save them. Their F35 is a very amusing example. Russia on the other hand keeps everything so close to the chest the world has now been surprised twice by their military technology in as many months. Why? Because people are lining up to betray the USA but Russians are loyal. Most people have common sense and for those that do not, Russia has some very good policies to deal with the problem people (as does China). Russia is not a communist state anymore but they are smarter than that. They are also not a capitalistic empire either.. they are what we wanted.. a really good mix of socialism and capitalism in the context of a fairly elected democratic government. No one else can currently say that!
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by: Mykola Banderachuk from: London
March 15, 2016 12:54
People are lining up to get into Russia? now, that is funny, in fact everything written in this comment makes me laugh out loud during the morning coffee break. Thanks Adam for the laughs, keep up the good humour postings. pure comedic gold
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by: Alex from: London
March 15, 2016 19:27
Adam said people, not descendants of Bandera who is not even rushing into 'independent' Ukraine from cosy Britain
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by: Maikin Mybalzich from: The Real US and A
March 17, 2016 01:03
here here!

by: Banana Republic
March 15, 2016 13:21
The West asked Russia to intervene in Syria. Without the Russian intervention the Assad regime would have fallen and ISIS would have been in control of Syria today.

The refugee flood started before the Russian intervention. Middle East and North Africa are collapsing due to over-population. The oil is running out in Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Tunisia. There is no hope for Syria.

Why did Russia decide to leave Syria ? Why did they intervene in the first place ? I haven't got a clue. A mystery rapt up in a enigma.

by: elmer from: gmmok@att.net
March 15, 2016 16:14
Brian, I'd like to throw something out there - Putler has established his military base in Syria, it's complete.

So no need to keep bombing - the mission was to establish a military base (Tartus, etc).

Putler Khuylo has created wastelands in Abkhazia and Ossetia, in Crimea and in Eastern Ukraine.

Seaports in Georgia and Crimea are what were important - he doesn't care that he's created wastelands.

Hasn't quite worked out for him in Eastern Ukraine, which was supposed to be a sort of corridor to Crimea.

The wastelands he creates are just a byproduct of creating military bases.


by: PermReader
March 15, 2016 18:33
Putin`s actions cost Obama`s inaction.They are united as the cause and effect.

by: Alan Black from: UK
March 15, 2016 20:34
Mission Accomplished? So destroying ISIS wasn't the mission? Oh, well. As long as we're clear.
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by: elmer
March 16, 2016 02:15
The main thing that Putler was interested in is a military base (naval) in Tartus, which has been expanded.

He now has that. So the indiscriminate bombing of civilians can stop, and the Kremlinoids can spin this to once again glorify the Beeg Heerow of Sovok Union, er, Rasha, Vlad Dracul Putler Khuylo.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/10/navy-base-syria-crimea-putin/408694/

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