Why did Saudi Arabia's National Security Advisor and Chief of Intelligence Prince Bandar bin Sultan go to Moscow on July 31, 2013? Bandar's surprise and public visit to Moscow caught many observers off guard given the bitter differences between the two countries about Syria and policies to end the conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people since the Arab Spring began in 2011.
Clearly, the loser from this key meeting between Bandar and Putin appears to be the United States. Washington is facing deep paralysis about what to do next with the Syrian issue. What comes next might very well set the tone for diplomatic efforts through the Geneva-2 meeting for all concerned parties-or create greater d
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