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The Skeptics

There is one bright spot for the United States: inviting the Russians in was so sensitive in Iranian politics that Tehran pulled the plug when the noise got too loud. Iranian defense minister Hossein Dehghan assured the Iranian public that there was no written agreement with Moscow that would codify the short-term military arrangement. Iranian officials were clearly angry that the Russians drew so much public attention to cooperation that should have been kept under wraps. Whether this will discourage the Iranians from offering Russia use of its facilities in the future remains to be seen. What is crystal clear, however, is that Moscow is continuing to use Syria's conflict as a way to show off its strength.

Daniel R. DePetris has written for CNN.com, Small Wars Journal and the Diplomat.

Image: A Tu-22M3 bomber. Photo by Alex Beltyukov - RuSpotters Team. CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Can America Be the World's Umpire?

The Skeptics

There is one bright spot for the United States: inviting the Russians in was so sensitive in Iranian politics that Tehran pulled the plug when the noise got too loud. Iranian defense minister Hossein Dehghan assured the Iranian public that there was no written agreement with Moscow that would codify the short-term military arrangement. Iranian officials were clearly angry that the Russians drew so much public attention to cooperation that should have been kept under wraps. Whether this will discourage the Iranians from offering Russia use of its facilities in the future remains to be seen. What is crystal clear, however, is that Moscow is continuing to use Syria's conflict as a way to show off its strength.

Daniel R. DePetris has written for CNN.com, Small Wars Journal and the Diplomat.

Image: A Tu-22M3 bomber. Photo by Alex Beltyukov - RuSpotters Team. CC BY-SA 3.0.

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