After Syria Surprise, Russia Still Faces Long Odds on Middle East Gamble

After Syria Surprise, Russia Still Faces Long Odds on Middle East Gamble
A Russian SU-24M jet fighter takes off from an airbase Hmeimim, Syria, photo taken from the Russian Defense Ministry official web site Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 (Russian Defense Ministry photo).

In commenting on an article by Josh Marshall about Russia’s military intervention in Syria, I wrote that the best thing the United States has going for it in formulating a response is time. Russia simply does not have the hardware or logistical capacity to project force decisively over the long haul. That doesn’t mean that the intervention won’t have an initial impact. In fact, the introduction of Russian airpower and advisers, combined with Iranian and possibly Russian ground forces, has already shifted the momentum on the battlefield. This should not come as a surprise. After all, the initial American and […]

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