Due to a stunning turn of events in the Syrian civil war, we’re delighted to step away from the lunacy of America’s 2016 race for the White House.
Despite United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistrura telling all waring parties there was no “Plan B” other than a full resumption of the conflict, Western hard liners seem wedded to Assad’s demise or departure and the sooner the better. However, with an international refugee crisis expanding by the minute, drawing red lines and establishing non-negotiable positions over anything is probably unwise, considering the mounting death toll and no other viable plans being offered at this time.
Bottom line: No matter how this story is spun by the White House, the reality is, Vladimir Putin took control of the Syrian conflict by identifying, targeting and eliminating terrorist threats to Syria’s sovereign government. Ignoring veiled threats from the West to stay out of the fight, Russia stood by its regional ally and turned the United States and other Western powers into sidelined spectators. Where we go from here is a mystery because only Vladimir Putin knows for sure.