Fareed Zakariya the man who loves America as he would like it to be, assembled a panel of his fellow Borgistas today to ask their opinions on the shape of events to come in 2016.
The group was made up of Richard Haas, Anne Marie Slaughter and some other dweeb whose name I can never remember (old age showing).
For me, the most interesting aspect of their meditations was the contemplation of the fate of Syria in this year. Not a word was said throughout of the combat situation in either Syria or Iraq. The talk was all of the diplomatic prospects involved in the apparent belief that the progress of the war(s) on the ground meant nothing. I presume that this is at least in part the result of the total military ignorance of the participants.
But, Haas is the well entrenched president of the CFR.
Anne Marie Slaughter is the head of the New America Foundation
The dweeb is the acerbic head of some foundation for great thinkers.
Slaughter is obviously parked at NAF in waiting for appointment by HC as secretary of something or other. She opined in her prediction on Syria that Russia will soon "cave" and become "cooperative" because the public psychology in Russia is incapable of accepting casualties. She seems to think that everyone will "come to their senses" if they are scolded enough. She favors a federated Syria. I guess she does not understand that federation is not thought of as other than weakness in the ME. (The UAE is a club for sovereign princes nd is hardly a country at all). She also thinks that a negotiated settlement in Syria can be reached without Turkish acquiescence.
R+6 is advancing everywhere; south of Damascus they are approaching the Israeli occupied Golan Heights and are now just east of the Israeli demolished city of Quneitra. R+6 is also pressing NE from Kuweires air base, SW from Aleppo and the Syrian Army with Russian support is grinding up rebel forces along the approaches to Idlib Province. This attritional battle will result IMO in a breakthrough moment.
The YPG Kurds and their Green Beret pals are moving west against the rhetorical resistance of Sultan Tayyip's Turkey. This is made possible by US air and the air defense umbrella provided by the Russian expeditionary force.
The discourse here on SST sometimes lapses into social science gibberish, completely detached from reality, but the comparison to the actual Borgist elites makes you all look good. pl