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

Irelia20150604

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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"?
 
  • 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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