Everything you read about Syria and everything you try and make sense of can be summarized in few sentences.

  1. Russia considers the terrorist, over-achiever regime of Assad a commodity too precious to relinquish to fight the West with.
  2. Obama is unwilling to confront Putin because it diverts his attention from his primary goal of domestic social justice, so he commits just to words rather than unilaterally removing Assad early-on, which would have favored US interests and would have avoided Syria death, destruction, and Islamic extremism.
  3. This Syrian standoff is forcing both the US and Russia to play the Cold War game of slowly fighting for a better hand (weapons and/or intelligence), which is not working to either one advantages, over the long run, because Islamic extremists are themselves playing both sides to strengthen their fighting ranks (Show Russian support for Assad to recruit fighters and show Obama”™s lack of help to raise funds to acquire weapons).
  4. Between the US hesitation, Russian stubbornness, and Qatari support of the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic extremists, be it street fighters or fighters for Sharia, now control Syria.
  5. The Arab League is exerting pressure to make sure another dictator (à la Egypt) takes over Syria, regardless of his ideology. The social agenda of authoritarianism is what matters for the largest club of dictators in the world.
  6. Meanwhile, Syrians go hungry, get displaced, or die and neither Putin nor Obama care much about this small detail.

When America”™s leaders buckle, her enemies harness their weaknesses. The opportunities Obama missed to save Syria and its people is his shame.

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