Syrian Chessboard: How Putin Will Win Out Over US Grandmasters

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The Obama administration's "Topple Assad" plan is doomed, US journalist Mike Whitney notes, adding that by tweaking its war on terror narrative and inventing "bad" and "good" terrorists Washington has backed itself "into an ideological cul-de-sac from which there is no way out."

There will be no US-Turkey no-fly zone over Syria as US Senator John McCain and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton are calling for, as well as no aerial or ground invasion from the Turkish side into Syria: Russia has re-written the rules of the game in the region and Washington and its NATO allies should reconcile themselves to this new reality, US journalist Mike Whitney underscores.

"Yes, Hillary and McCain have been calling for a no-fly zone over Syria, but that's not going to happen. Putin won't allow it and neither will the Security Council. And, on what pretext anyway? Is Obama really going to request a no-fly zone on the basis that Putin is killing "moderate" terrorists along with the "extreme" terrorists? That's not a very compelling argument, in fact, even the American people are having a hard time swallowing that one," Whitney wrote in his latest article for CounterPunch.

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Russia has seriously complicated Washington's game in the Middle East, frustrating US warhawks, including America's prominent geopolitical strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Brzezinski could not help himself from recommending the Obama administration to threaten Moscow "to retaliate if Russia does not stop attacking US assets in Syria."

But what "assets" Brzezinski was referring to?

"The people who Brzezinski breezily refers to as "American assets" in Syria are terrorists. It's that simple," Whitney remarked, adding that "Brzezinski is the spiritual godfather of Islamic extremism, the man who figured out how religious nutcases could be used to foment hysteria and advance US geopolitical objectives around the world."

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Unfortunately for Washington, the Russian leadership doesn't distinguish between the "moderate" terrorists and the "radical" terrorists, "they are all in same pool," the journalist noted with a touch of irony.

While twisting its war on terror narrative and inventing "good" and "bad" terrorists, the Obama administration has now found itself in a tight corner.

"What they are doing is wrong and they know it is wrong. And that's why it's going to be so difficult to make the case for war," Whitney pointed out.

The US journalist cited Vladimir Putin's remarks made by the Russian President at the Valdai International Discussion Club in late 2014:

"The US says 'We must support the civilized, democratic opposition in Syria.' So they support them, arm them, and then they join ISIL. Is it impossible for the US to think one step ahead?  We do not support this kind of policy at all. We think it's wrong."

Although Washington is likely to continue to attack Russia's ruble, "fiddle with oil prices," and impose tougher economic sanctions on Moscow it will not dare to start a war with Russia.

And then comes Geneva marking the Endspiel in the Syrian game.

The journalist envisages that despite Washington's protests, Bashar al-Assad will be allowed to participate in the future provisional government in Syria.

"Putin is going to win this battle. [Washington's] plans for regime change through the use of jihadi-proxies will have failed, and Putin will have moved the Middle East one step closer to lasting peace and genuine security. That's the silver lining and that's how the war in Syria will end," Whitney elaborated.

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