Garry Kasparov, former World Chess Champion and chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, recently tore into the New York Times for giving Russian President Vladimir Putin a forum for his “condescending propaganda” and his stern caution against buying into the idea of American exceptionalism. Kasparov has long opposed Putin, at one point even announcing his intention to run against him.

Before competing today at the Sinquefield Cup, Kasparov shared his thoughts on another chess match currently going on in the world. Spoiler warning: Obama is losing badly.

Did we happen to mention that while Kasparov was tweeting this breakdown of international power plays, President Obama was headed to the golf course?

So, how about that proposed deal that has allowed Obama to stave off a possibly embarrassing vote in Congress to approve the use of force against Syria?

Honestly, there probably is.

  • http://www.coreyspofford.com/ YEROCDROFFOPS

    “al-Assad & Putin invented problem (CW) and now solve it.”

    How many years has the Syrian Army been in control of these puppies before they ‘became a problem’. Which I need not remind Mr. Chess Champion that it was the Obama Administration & Media empires almost 3 years ago demonize the Assad Government.

  • http://www.coreyspofford.com/ YEROCDROFFOPS

    “al-Assad & Putin invented problem (CW) and now solve it.”

    How many years has the Syrian Army been in control of these puppies before they ‘became a problem’. Which I need not remind Mr. Chess Champion that it was the Obama Administration & Media empires almost 3 years ago demonize the Assad Government.

  • http://alsbach-art.com/ Floyd Alsbach

    Clearly, Mr Kasparov thoroughly understands the game as it is actually played.

    • franknmiller

      Obama is in check, and I think checkmate is not to far behind

    • tjp77

      Makes sense that a chess genius would understand global geopolitical strategy better than a spoiled community organizer from the south side of Chicago.

      • Paul

        but but but but George Bush! Racism!

  • franknmiller

    Assad has been legitimized by Obama…Putin and Assad are satisfied with the result

  • dunst43

    Best analysis I’ve seen so far on the Syrian chem deal.

  • Maxx

    I understand Garry’s anger towards Putin but I’m sick and tired of “anti-war pacifists”
    becoming chest thumpers when its convenient, expecting US soldiers to die in an attempt to right the wrongs of an entire planet.
    I see absolutely zero benefit of our sons and daughters fighting alongside rebels who behead others or who execute the captured in the streets. THEY are not our friends nor do they recognize the Geneva convention and in particular, pose no immediate threat to our homeland.

    • Brian Roastbeef

      Kasparov is a human rights campaigner first, and this view is quite consistent for him. He sees Assad as a dictator that is terrorizing his people, and this as a lost opportunity to help those people to freedom. Pragmatically I disagree, and believe that enabling the rebel forces would lead to a government worse than Assad. Kasparov prefers instead the devil we don’t know, figuring a fear of an unknown end is no excuse for allowing a known tyrant to persist and that even an uncertain chance of advancing liberty is worth taking a stand. While I ultimately believe this war would be misguided and mistargeted, Kasparov makes probably the best possible case for it.

      As is though I believe war would leave the worst of the radicals in charge, because entry for Obama isn’t about human liberty or US strength, but about personal ego and promoting Islamist forces in the Middle East. Then again, if Kasparov were POTUS instead of Obozo, perhaps I’d trust our government enough to do the job correctly…

      Regardless of the views on war, I still greatly admire Garry Kasparov, Alexey Navalny and the liberals (small-l true liberals – free markets and free speech, not the euphemism for socialism the word has become over here) of the Russian opposition. I see in them a patriotism and a love of liberty growing in Russia, where it is slowly being stamped out over here. Kasparov has said that he expects Putin to be toppled within 5 years. If their libertarians and patriots prevail while we remain half-asleep electing incompetents to hand out the freebies, then you’ll truly see a shift in world power that will make this seem a blip on the radar.

      • Maxx

        Absolutely agree and well stated. On most issues, I find myself agreeing with Kasparov but in this case with Syria, we should not ask an American soldier to, militarily, walk into a three-man labyrinth where the hate of America from the man behind him is only exceeded by that of the man in front of him. That’s Syria in a nutshell.

      • nickshaw

        Sorry but, the Syrians and Arabs in general need a “brutal dictator” to keep them in line.
        What Assad has been accused of, if every single accusation is true, is small potatoes to what could have happened if he were not the guy in charge.
        And what will happen if he is taken out!
        Look at Iraq today. The death toll from daily bombings of just civilians practically equals that of Syria!

  • Rocket Surgeon

    Let me bring the cynicism: Assad can turn over almost all of his CW stockpiles (“UN verified!”, no less), and still have a few to use on occasion. Even during peacetime it is extremely difficult to account for every last shell/bomb. Now Assad will be able to use CW and have a UN alibi. I’ll bet money that there will be more chemical attacks even after “international control” has been established (*if* that ever happens ). “Must have been the rebels, because *we* don’t have any!”

    • nickshaw

      Exactly!
      And when that happens, the “international community” will fall all over itself to defend Assad, formerly known as a “monster”.
      You know that seat at the UN Human Rights Council is being warmed up for Syria as we speak.

      It is to laugh.

  • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/ FlatFoot

    I certainly never thought I’d ever see the day when our President of the United States of America would not only arm and train barbaric al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood Islamic extremists with advanced American made military weaponry — but also missile and/or bomb another sovereign country and its President directly on the behalf of barbaric al-Qadea and the Muslim Brotherhood. ‘Surreal’ doesn’t even come close to describe such blatant folly. And the American people sit idly by…

    Superman’s Bizarro World ain’t got nothin’ on this, our ObamaNation!

  • Paul C.

    What do you expect from a teleprompter junkie.

  • Joe W.

    I normally do not appreciate comments being censored or flagged as inappropriate, Paul, but your use of that one word is uncalled for in any circumstance. There are many women using this site, and I know that the vast majority of them are highly offended when this word is bandied about. That being said, I am flagging your post and I encourage you to express yourself without resorting to the use of that offensive word. Thanks.

  • Rich

    So Assad has a few days to declare his chemical stockpile, right?
    What if he reports “what chemical weapons?”
    He and Putin have consistently said the rebels were responsible for the last chem attack. Assad could say he has none as well as invite UN inspectors to come search for them if they like. Given Syria is a war zone, Assad could make the inspectors extremely unsafe.

  • Rich

    So Assad has a few days to declare his chemical stockpile, right?
    What if he reports “what chemical weapons?”
    He and Putin have consistently said the rebels were responsible for the last chem attack. Assad could say he has none as well as invite UN inspectors to come search for them if they like. Given Syria is a war zone, Assad could make the inspectors extremely unsafe.

  • Nick

    When can we begin describing liberals who use Putin’s arguments as “Putinesqe”?

  • Nick

    When can we begin describing liberals who use Putin’s arguments as “Putinesqe”?

  • nickshaw

    So, seeing as Skeeter has promised no military intervention (as long as chemical weapons are not used) the floodgates holding back the hardware waiting on trains from Russia are wide open.
    Once Assad looks after the jihadists he’s going to have an awful lot of new Russian tanks, shells, missiles and helicopter gunships just sitting around.
    I wonder where he might want to put them to good use?
    Maybe give some to Hezbollah for their assistance?
    Skeeter and his minions actually think his threat of “unbelievably small” force brought about a win for him.
    It’s like living in a circus and the clowns are running the show.

  • http://www.pointsandfigures.com/ pointsnfigures

    obama outsourced his leadership to Russia. We pay the consequences.

  • troyriser

    I’m a huge admirer of Garry Kasparov, both as a chess player (the best chess player ever to play the game) and as an eloquent spokesman for human rights and as a critic of tyranny. I’m frankly surprised the Putin regime hasn’t murdered him yet, but maybe even Putin balks at the idea of killing a genuinely great and brave man–no, wait, what am I saying? Of course Putin will kill him. That’s who he is, what he does.

    And Kasparov is right, you know. The bad guys tested the President as Joe Biden, wrong about everything else, said he would, and the whole world watched while the President failed that test. Since we’re talking about the President, his failure isn’t solely personal. His failure has global consequences, none of them good, and all of us are going to feel the effects.

    • World B. Free

      Very, very well stated.

  • troyriser

    I’m a huge admirer of Garry Kasparov, both as a chess player (the best chess player ever to play the game) and as an eloquent spokesman for human rights and as a critic of tyranny. I’m frankly surprised the Putin regime hasn’t murdered him yet, but maybe even Putin balks at the idea of killing a genuinely great and brave man–no, wait, what am I saying? Of course Putin will kill him. That’s who he is, what he does.

    And Kasparov is right, you know. The bad guys tested the President as Joe Biden, wrong about everything else, said he would, and the whole world watched while the President failed that test. Since we’re talking about the President, his failure isn’t solely personal. His failure has global consequences, none of them good, and all of us are going to feel the effects.