A week ago, it was a war of words, articles, video clips and long-form propaganda. Now, with everyone's trigger-happy attention reduced to mere seconds, it has devolved to a war of headlines. And while all day today the US exposed whoever wanted to listen to its list of carefully scripted provocations, now it is Russia's turn via Interfax:
- MILITARY OPERATION AGAINST SYRIA WOULD ONLY WORSEN CONFLICT - DUMA CHAIRMAN
- MOSCOW ALARMED BY SOME COUNTRIES' DELIBERATE ACTIONS TO UNDERMINE PRECONDITIONS FOR POLITICAL-DIPLOMATIC SETTLEMENT OF CONFLICT IN SYRIA - FOREIGN MINISTRY
- LAVROV DISAGREES WITH U.S. ON BLAMING SYRIAN GOVERNMENT FOR CHEMICAL ATTACK IN TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WITH KERRY - RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY
- RUSSIA BELIEVES EXPERTS' WORK IN SYRIA SHOULD BE SUPPORTED, FACILITATED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE - FOREIGN MINISTRY
Looks like Putin still hasn't gotten the memo to bend over. Then again, with oil soaring, and with Russia the world's largest producer, old Vlad is certainly reaping the benefits of geopolitical middle east instability.