The Real Reason Why Putin Pulled Out of Syria

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In the West, most intel analysts have a habit of saying that Putin is dangerous and unpredictable. He always seems to be one step ahead of the US, and his actions often come as a complete surprise to Western governments. He keeps his cards close, and allegedly, even many of his closest advisers are not aware of his long-term plans. In addition to this, his history as a spy with KGB taught him a thing or two on counter-intelligence and misdirection, and he is hyper aware of the fact that what he says could telegraph his intentions. In short, Putin is one tough cookie to crack.

Obviously this worries most people in the US intelligence community, such as Gregory Treverton, the chairman of the National Intelligence Council. As far as world figures go, he views Putin as the most difficult person to unravel.

“Putin is so isolated that the chances that he might miscalculate and do something rash are top of my list for things I worry about,” says Treverton. “I am fond of distinguishing between puzzles — those things that have an answer, though we may not know it — and mysteries, those things that are iffy and contingent. And so how Putin is going to behave is presumably a mystery, and probably even a mystery to Putin.”

He makes it sound like Putin is an agent of chaos. A wild card if you will. However, it’s more likely that Putin is just smarter than our intelligence agencies give him credit for, which gives him the appearance of being unpredictable. After all, smart people always seem wily and magical to people who lack imagination. It’s obvious that he isn’t making random and rash decisions, because after the fact, those decisions often make a lot of sense.

Case in point, Putin’s recent decision to pull the bulk of his military forces out of Syria.

President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that “the main part” of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw, telling his diplomats to step up the push for peace as U.N.-mediated talks resumed on ending the five-year-old war.

Damascus rejected any suggestion of a rift with Moscow, saying President Bashar al-Assad had agreed on the “reduction” of Russian forces in a telephone call with Putin.

Western diplomats speculated that Putin may be trying to press Assad into accepting a political settlement to the war, which has killed 250,000 people, although U.S. officials saw no sign yet of Russian forces preparing to pull out.

The anti-Assad opposition expressed bafflement, with a spokesman saying, “Nobody knows what is in Putin’s mind”.

Just as the West was blindsided by Russia’s move into Syria, they were equally shocked to hear that he was pulling out. As of this writing, Putin has followed through on his promise, and Russian fighter jets are periodically being flown out of the country. Troop withdrawals are expected to follow very soon. Meanwhile, the Western media is still scrambling to figure out why this is happening.

They keep saying that Russia is trying to stifle Assad’s hubris, or that they’re afraid the Syrian war is going to turn into a quagmire, or some nonsense like that. So what’s the real reason Putin ordered this surprising withdrawal? In a sense, it’s a demonstration of Russia’s power and newfound political clout. According to Paul Craig Roberts:

With ISIS beat down, there is less danger of Washington using a peace-seeking ceasefire to resurrect the Islamic State’s military capability. Therefore, the risk Putin is taking by trusting Washington is worth the payoff if the result is to enhance Russian diplomacy and elevate it above Washington’s reliance on threats, coercion, and violence. What Putin is really aiming for is to make Europeans realize that by serving as Washington’s vassals European governments are supporting violence over peace and may themselves be swept by the neoconservatives into a deadly conflict with Russia that would ensure Europe’s destruction.

Putin has also demonstrated that, unlike Washington, Russia is able to achieve decisive military results in a short time without Russian casualties and to withdraw without becoming a permanent occupying force. This very impressive performance is causing the world to rethink which country is really the superpower.

Does anyone else get the sense that while Washington is playing checkers, Putin is playing chess? I sure do.

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  • James West

    Putin is no joke unlike the skinny homo and his transgender partner michelle or mike .

  • I forgot

    What we have done in many nations is just smoke and morrors.
    https://waitforthedownfall.wordpress.com/get-bashar-al-assad/

    • A guy from Ukraine

      As one english writer once noted anglo-american expansion brings debt and death.

      • Nexusfast123

        Ukraine is a good exhibit of that.

  • ISpartaChrisI

    Gotta love that man.

  • Publeus

    — The reason that the withdrawal is so surprising to the U.S. is because of differing intent. Putin achieved his stated goal, and acted accordingly. This is shocking to us because we would not state our true goal, and if we somehow accidentally achieved it, we would changed the word play, and continue the deception.

    The idea that a country would deploy troops into another country, by invitation no less, and then leave willingly without be forcefully ejected, is foreign to the United States, as we have been since the turn of the Twentieth Century.

    Truth in Advertising does not compute. Where is the profit in that?

  • Broos

    Nope! Poker; VLAD (Vassal Lands’ Assured Destruction) Knows when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em!

  • Brodie Costigan

    Probably backing off from advanced-tech weapon use by the west, someone must have invented a REALLY big rubberband.

  • Reverend Draco

    Putin is playing chess; Obama is playing Go Fish.

    • Publeus

      — ” Give me all your —”

      ” Go F*@% #*^!$&(# !!! “

  • navre12

    President Putin realizes,(My opinion), that the two prevalent military strategies seen in the Middle East over the last 30 years has been Israel’s,” go out and cut the grass when needed”, and the United States,”we can go in and level your country because we can”, which ironically has kept us in Afghanistan and Iraq for 15 years of endless warring ,thousands of American lives lost and wounded with over a $Trillion dollars spent/wasted.

    President Putin is a very wise man to take a close look at history and not be doomed to repeat the follies.

    • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

      He also doesn’t appear to be beholden to the interests of a military/industrial complex and it’s globalist backers.

  • Eric Blake

    Putin is pulling out of Syria for one reason. To get rid of reason for the US and coalition to invade Syria. In April, Syria is supposed to have elections. My guess is Assad would be reelected. Obummer doesn’t want this to happen because he would look bad if he wanted to depose a leader that was elected by the people. So with that, Obummer is meeting Saudi Arabia in early April to green light SA invading Syria in the guise of making a partition for others in northern Syria. By Putin pulling out, he is preempting Obummer from doing this claiming diplomacy should be the path and allowing the people to choose who they want. When Assad is reelected, Obummer loses and Putin wins. Not that Obummer has had any winning foreign policy, because he hasn’t.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    “Putin is dangerous and unpredictable.” Another attempt to discredit the lone world leader who is playing chess to his contemporaries checkers. Putin may be the bad, evil man the MSM makes him out to be, but from what I can see, he is one of the very, very few people who seems to actually be acting in the best interests of his country and it’s citizens.

  • BasicRules

    The only dangerous and unpredictable. Is in the white house
    and there supporters who sniff there bun-hole’s

  • A guy from Ukraine

    Putin is the real thorn in the ass of the globalist elites persuing thier NWO agenda.

  • SP_88

    These imbeciles want to say that Putin is dangerous and unpredictable? First, he isn’t unpredictable just because these dopes can’t predict his next move. And second, he is only dangerous to his enemies or those who have threatened his country or his allies.
    If the politicians in Washington weren’t so busy trying to take over the world and playing global police department, there wouldn’t be a problem with Putin or Russia. And if they thought like normal people instead of crooked politicians who always have something to hide, they wouldn’t be so suspicious of his actions. Because they are always doing something that is illegal, immoral or outright evil, they think that everyone else does too.

  • R. Shultz

    Refering to the “US intelligence community” is a definite Oxymoron.
    They haven’t gotten it right in long time.