SteveFla9 said"So is Putin just a jerk? Maybe, although there are numerous reasons that might explain his antagonism: the lingering Cold War mentality of a former KGB agent; insecurity about Russia’s post-Soviet global status; his sometimes comical machismo.
There’s likely another, potentially more important factor driving Putin’s animus, however. He thinks we’re out to get him. And in a sense, he’s right."
MITT ROMNEY WAS RIGHT. And cheering for Putin to put our American president in his place is not a way to show your patriotism.
Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/09/13/why-vladimir-putin-thinks-were-out-to-get-him/#ixzz2eno3DgKz
There two huge things that you and the authors of this article have completely missed!
The first is that Putin needs Syria's warm water ports for Russia.
Russia has been building up it's naval and shipping presence along the Syrian ports, including the major ports of Tartus and Latakia over the last few years.
The Second is even bigger. Syria is in a very key position and at the center of very key energy transit routes to Europe and Russia. A number of countries are trying to dominate the energy market that runs right through Syria. There is a potential for trillions of dollars in oil and gas revenue deals that will wind through Syria. If you don't think that this isn't a motivating factor for U.S., Russian. Turkish and the Arab states to intervene and pick sides, then you
These major energy deals could vastly impact the economies of Saudi Arabia Turkey and Qatar.
Syria discovered an extremely promising gas field in 2011 near the city of Homs. Homs has been the site of some of the fiercest battles in the Syrian "Civil War". The flow rate of the Homs wells is 400,00 cubic meters per day.
Not only is there the prospect of it's own gas fields, but Syria is in the most strategic location for natural gas and oil pipelines flowing into Europe.
Qatar (has one of the worlds largest gas fields along with Iran) wants to run a pipeline through Syria to Turkey and then into Europe or to the Mediterranean and then shipped to Europe.
Assad refused to go along with the plan and instead made deals with Iran and Russia in 2009.
Syria is the proposed site for the construction of massive underground pipelines that would drastically undercut the strategic energy of Qatar and cut Turkey out of the picture all together.
The "Islamic Pipeline" will favour Iran and Russia over Western interests.
That bit of information sheds a little light on what's going on in Syria, now doesn't it. No wonder Turkey has been aiding the "Syrian rebels" almost from the beginning of the "Civil War". No wonder the Arab states are willing to pay to have us take out Assad.
Interesting how the Progressives have been screaming about Bush going to Iraq for oil and yet the U.S. hasn't gotten a drop of oil from Iraq and no one is questioning this administrations motives with so much oil and gas revenues on the line in Syria. But then again why would the media actually report something that would reflect their own hypocrisy!