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Dancing With Dictators Against Islamic State | WSJ Op-Ed | Nov 17th, 2015

The U.S. and its allies can defeat ISIS. Joining with Putin, Assad and Iran’s regime would be immoral.

Three days after coordinated terror attacks in Paris killed at least 129 people and put the lie to President Obama’s recent claim that Islamic State was “contained,” Mr. Obama took to the podium on Monday. Speaking from Antalya, Turkey, where he was attending a G-20 meeting, he threw the full weight of his rhetoric behind solidarity with France and behind the French military response against Islamic State, or ISIS. But he offered no policy changes. In other words, once again America is leading from behind.

Mr. Obama’s remarks in Turkey came after he sat down for an impromptu discussion with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who has shipped troops and military hardware to Syria to prop up the Bashar Assad regime and to produce desperately needed new war propaganda back home. A suggestion gaining currency in recent days—encouraged by the Putin-Obama photo op—that the U.S. and NATO cooperate with Mr. Putin against ISIS is ludicrous on many levels. The most obvious one being that Russian forces aren’t in Syria to fight ISIS.

Even after the death of 224 people—most of them Russian tourists—in the Oct. 31 Metrojet crash in Egypt that was almost certainly an ISIS terror bombing, Mr. Putin remains focused on his goals. He is in Syria to help Iran and Mr. Assad destroy any legitimate alternatives to the status quo. What is that status quo? The Assad regime and its Iranian backers controlling the region by force.



Recap of my Winter is Coming event in San Francisco last night. My thanks to the Commonwealth Club and !


SAN FRANCISCO — World-famous Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov has made no secret Monday evening of his fierce disdain for Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian rule and for his gang of oligarchs in their war against the West–including the United States of America.

Kasparov reiterated his criticisms before a sold-out crowd of his admirers, many of whom were Russian, at the Commonwealth Club, where he discussed his latest book, Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped

The title of the book–also, coincidentally, the title of the first episode in the first season of the hit TV series Game of Thrones–is meant to serve as a warning about the impending doom that the world will face should the West continue down its path of chronic appeasement, weakness and moral capitulation on which Putin depends to maintain his power.

He compared Putin’s manipulation of his image as being too powerful to be ousted with the way Adolf Hitler portrayed himself in Germany during the 1930s once the Nazi leader had risen to power. The main difference, he pointed out, is that Putin has nuclear weapons.… Read More

Yahoo News Live: Kasparov: Putin must be stopped

By Alex Bregman

Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, human rights activist, and vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, spoke to Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga on “Yahoo News Live” about his new book, “Winter Is Coming.” He gave his take on everything from Putin being named No. 1 on the Forbes magazine “Most Powerful People in the World” list for a third year in a row to which 2016 presidential candidate would be best suited to face the Russian leader.

On Putin being at the top of that list, Kasparov said, “‘Most influential man in the world’ doesn’t mean the most powerful man regarding the tools he or she can use. That should be Barack Obama.” He also told Golodryga that Putin is more dangerous than ISIS.

On the news today that the World Anti-Doping Agency found top Russian athletes have participated in a state-sponsored doping program for years, Kasparov was not surprised. He told Golodryga: “We know that all dictators wanted to generate a great success on the sport field … naturally, doping can reach this goal.”

When looking at the 2016 field of U.S. presidential candidates, Kasparov said Florida Sen. Marco Rubio would be the “most plausible and probably the most unpleasant for Putin.” He pointed to Rubio’s “Cuban roots” and called him a “fresh start.” He also noted that Hillary Clinton would be “very hawkish” toward Putin, but “there’s a history.”

Kasparov had harsh words for how President Obama has dealt with Putin. He said, “This administration basically did nothing and caused huge damage for the reputation of the United States in the world.”

Finally, Kasparov does not see Putin going anywhere anytime soon. He told Golodryga: “Anyone who could look like a successor would be dead very soon. We should accept as a fact … that chaos will follow Putin’s demise. Putin will stay in power for the rest of his life.”

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