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The Great Game

4:04 PM, Nov 15, 2013 • By KEN JENSEN
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The cartoon above is from the Great Game era in Central Asia, when the British and Russians were in a contest for places like Afghanistan and Iran. It's strongly (perhaps perversely) suggestive given current events.

Could it be that, in withdrawing from the Middle East, the United States believes the Russian bear will sit on the Persian (nuclear-clawed) cat and keep him in order—along with Assad in Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon—so that the (cowardly) lion(s) of the West can stand by and do nothing?

Could this be the realpolitik fantasy that underlies Obama's "multipolar" Middle East fantasy?

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