Members of an elite, Russian anti-terror unit have reportedly arrived at Russia's naval installation in Tartus, Syria. Click here for the (somewhat slanted U.S. news) story.
Foreign Confidential™ analysts believe the commandos have been sent to Syria for the following reasons: to protect Russian personnel and property; to protect and if need be to evacuate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle--Russia is determined to prevent them from falling into rebel hands--and as a signal to the Arab world that Moscow has no intention of letting Washington, Ankara, and Riyadh remake the Middle East without regard to Russian interests in the region.
None of this was necessary. The Obama administration's Russian relations reset failed; but the President, in fairness, inherited (and foolishly continued) an anti-Russian policy that Republican and Democratic administrations alike have pursued since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War more than 20 years ago.
Instead of sitting down with Russia (and China) to arrive at real understandings and, frankly speaking, to make order in the world, the United States has done the opposite. It has inexplicably and illogically treated post-Communist Russia (and Communist-in-name-only China) as a slightly better version of Communist Russia/USSR (and Maoist/Communist China).
The urgent need for cooperation concerning Shiite Islamist Iran--a nuclear-arming menace to the entire civilized world--doesn't seem to have even been considered, neither by the present U.S. administration nor by its predecessor (which stupidly invaded Iraq, among other strategic blunders, the likes of which the world has not seen since the Johnson administration tragically decided to extend containment, a policy designed for Europe, to Southeast Asia).
From the White House to Senator John McCain (a so-called maverick who seems to still support the Vietnam War) to the increasingly pathetic field of GOP Presidential hopefuls (none of whom have ever known war, in contrast with McCain, who is, after all, a real hero in this regard) all the American people get is more of the same--unnecessary interventions that backfire and boomerang in the name of "democracy promotion" and simplistic sloganeering in place of serious, informed discussion and analysis.