speaks to the kind of battleground Syria is, a three-dimensional chessboard with...

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  1. Irelia20150604

    Irelia20150604 Senior Member

    China Shanghai
    Chinese
    The quotation comes from Why the U.S. Allowed a Convoy of ISIS Fighters to Go Free

    Quotation: American officials say the decision to withdraw was the result of a complicated trade-off of competing priorities and speaks to the kind of battleground Syria is, a three-dimensional chessboard with multiple players, constantly shifting strategies, and opportunities seized and abandoned on the fly.
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    Hi everyone! Should the bold part be read as "he decision to withdraw ...speaks to a three-dimensional chessboard...(that) the kind of battleground Syria is"?
     
  2. Trochfa

    Trochfa Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    Hi Irelia,

    In this context "speaks to" is an idiom, which means "indicates/demonstrates".

    Therefore, the complicated trade-off of competing priorities meant that American officials took the decision to withdraw. This speaks to (indicates/demonstrates) the kind of battleground Syria is (a three-dimensional chessboard... etc.).
    speak to
     

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