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By Barry Rubin
Consider this list, which is pretty undeniable in factual terms:
U.S. engagement with Iran: failure
U.S. engagement with Syria: failure
Iran/Syria engagement with Lebanon: success
Iran/Syria engagement with Turkey: success
Bottom line: The United States has failed to pull Syria away from Iran; Iran and Syria have pulled Lebanon and Turkey away from the United States.
Iran/Syria: 2; United States: 0
In Washington policy circles and to a large extent in the mass media, no one has noticed this little comparison of success.