At times, it takes forceful actions to make peace possible, rather than the seemingly endless negotiations, pleas and empty threats that have continued in the midst of the slaughter in Syria and the multiple "minor wars" in Eastern Europe.
The following is from an international relations specialist with a "realist" perspective, Robert D. Kaplan:
"There is also a larger foreign-policy question that must be the first
order of business for the new president: How does the U.S. build
leverage on the ground, from the Baltic Sea to the Syrian desert, that
puts America in a position where negotiations with Russia can make a
For without the proper geopolitical context, the secretary of state is a missionary, not a diplomat. Secretary of State John Kerry
is a man who has a checklist of negotiations he wants to conduct rather
than a checklist of American interests he wants to defend. He doesn’t
seem to realize that interests come before values in foreign policy;
only if the former are understood do the latter have weight.
example, just as Western military intervention in Syria risks a Russian
response in Europe, a robust movement of American forces permanently
back to Europe may cause Mr. Putin to be more reasonable in Syria. This
may offer a way out of the sterile Syria debate, in which all the
options—from establishing safe zones to toppling Bashar Assad’s
regime—are problematic and offer no end to the war.
pressuring Russia in Eastern and Central Europe, the U.S. can create
conditions for a meaningful negotiation whereby Moscow might have an
incentive to shape the behavior of its Syrian client in a better
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