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Don’t Trust Putin in the Mideast

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online


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About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture.

4 Thoughts on “Don’t Trust Putin in the Mideast

  1. Albert on October 19, 2015 at 4:36 pm said:

    Assad cannot be decisively beaten and continuing to fight him just generates a muslim refugee invasion of Europe. We need to come to a deal with Assad, let him reassert control with the promise to end the refugee flow. Sunnis or Shiites, it doesn’t matter. Both have killed Christians and Jews. And oil from the mideast is not as important as it was historically. There are huge reserves all around the world, even in America, and any oil shock will be short-lived.

    Putin is the only one who’s got it right this time. The danger for the West in not following his lead, is that the Eastern Europe countries–trying to save themselves from an EU-mandated muslim invasion–can fall back into the grips of the Russian bear.

    • dupere on October 20, 2015 at 2:58 pm said:

      “The current top five net oil exporters— Saudi Arabia, Russia, Norway, Iran and the UAE–account for about half of world net oil exports.”—— “Oil shale is the retirement party”. Enabled by America’s shrinking umbrella, Europe’s entitled are on course to rediscover powers which resent their entitlement. “Mama Merkel” mentality is slow decay. Fraulein’s, make a beeline straight to America’s waiting arms.

  2. It’s not good to dwell on hypotheticals but, the USSR did the lions share of fighting in the Second World War. While allied aid was extremely vital, it did not play a major role until 1943. The USSR won the crucial battles of 1941-1942 to a large degree alone.

  3. Todd Lewis on December 18, 2015 at 8:47 am said:

    This is why Mr. Hanson cannot be taken seriously. He warns against an alliance with Putin to fight ISIS, but in his interview with Christopher Hitchens here: falls all over himself to justify our alliance with “Uncle Joe”. Cognitive disobedience anyone? There is one word for such a person, fraud. Unlike Hanson who seems to love Stalin, I’d turn it around and leave “Uncle Joe” high and dry and take Putin’s offer.

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