Last September, Russia took the lead in Syria. Obama scoffed at it, but Russia has now achieved its goals. It wasn’t afraid to act. Another foreign policy abdication for the US.
When Vladimir Putin of Russia announced about six months ago that he would be sending in his planes to attack ISIS in Syria, President Obama scoffed. “Quagmire,” he said. Putin was going to sink his country in a quagmire. Bad move. . . . a mistake the US would not make.
As was not hard to predict at the time, the reality was just the opposite: the aggressive initiative taken by Putin would consolidate Russia’s disproportionate influence over the future of Syria. Which is just what has happened.