I know this blog hasn't been the most serious place to find news analysis in the last few years. That's because I believe when you have nothing to say you should stubbornly refuse to say it.
I've got something to say today though...
Do you know what just happened in Syria?
Russia just took the Super Power Championship Belt from the United States. That's what happened. Let me explain.
The Syrian civil war has raged for years and has cost over 100,000 lives. I would argue that its not actually a civil war at all. I would argue that its actually World War III... but that is the subject for another post. Over the last year or so the United States has been ramping up its war machine. Some factions within the US have been pressuring the US to invade Syria. Some external pressure has come seeking the same thing.
All of this culminates with the supposed chemical attacks by the rebels... I mean Assad Regime... and now the US has the excuse its been looking for. Team America: World Police to the rescue! Obama and America are going to ride in and save the day! They are going to rid the world of those evil chemical weapons! Fire up the Carrier fleet boys! Its time to chew gum or kick ass... and we're all out of gum!
Everything was going exactly as planned until Putin shoved a whole pack of Big League Chew into Obama's face and told him to go to his room while the grown ups talked.
Then a funny thing happened. Obama did what he was told. America is backing down.
Russia accomplished this in two ways. First they called for calm... Then they sent their most advanced anti-ship missile systems to Syria. Note... not anti-aircraft. Anti-ship. That's a big difference. They aren't talking about shooting down some planes. They're talking about doing real damage to the US's ability to project power. Walk softly... carry a big stick. This should look familiar. Its the kind of thing America used to do.
After sending those missiles to Syria Russia then rounded up the G20 and effectively made sure they were all in its pocket. Russia called for more information. It asserted that the matter had to go before the UN Security Council and that the US threats were unacceptable.
See the US likes to use the UN for cover when it wants to invade a given country... but the US also likes to ignore the UN when the UN doesn't want to play along. Russia has asserted that the US has no authority to play that game anymore. Russia is calling the US bluff... and the US so far... appears to be folding.
Remember this people.
September of 2013 was the end of the United State's World Super Power Championship Reign.
Russia took the belt.
Russia is the calm cool adult in the room. Russia is calling the shots and the world is listening. For decades the context of every world crisis was "How will the United States respond to this?" Russia has changed that now.
It is now a very different world.