U.S. sanctions have taken hundreds of thousands of barrels of Iranian and Venezuelan oil off the market.
The only reason prices haven't skyrocketed is increased U.S. and Saudi production.
Now this happened.
The neocons in Washington are playing checkers, while Moscow is playing chess.
There is no strategy to help Russia gain influence in the Middle East. It just works out that way because of Washington's incompetence.
The U.S. has been squeezing the Russian oil and gas industry since 2014.
And the Democrat neocons are cheering him on.
In the comments to an article at Consortium News by Ray McGovern yesterday, a writer outlined some crucial points about Putin.
‘Progressive’ Journalists Jump the Shark on Russiagate
March 7, 2018 - By Ray McGovern
March 7, 2018
This essay is not about political power, although inevitably it dovetails into such. This is about another meaning of power.
From Webster's New 20th Century Dictionary Unabridged, Second Edition:
, n. [old French pooir, from an old infinitive podia, from LL. n potter, to be able, used for posse, to able, from potis, able and esse, to be]
...5. physical force or energy; as in electric power.