By a curious coincidence, a political science professor at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh has also been reading the Blood Telegram and was talking about it on AJA. His take on the book is that Obama knows nothing about the East Pakistan war of 1971, and that Putin knows a lot about it. His take was that Putin is playing out the same game in Syria that worked so well against the Americans in Bangladesh. For those ignorant of the topic, India was backed by the USSR and Pakistan was backed by the US, and we lost, and we ended up smelling like pig crap. But this professor looks at how Putin has been positioning himself both at the UN and in support of Assad and against the forces of terror, and how he hosed Obama on the chemical weapons issue, making Putin look like a peace maker and Obama smell like pig crap, and he wonders when Obama is going to catch on to how these issues play out in the Islamic world. Strange how the Russians understand that Islamic world so much better than Obama, who should instinctively understand how his co religionists think.