...has made a monkey out of US Middle East "policy". I apologize for the use of the word "policy", since using it implies thoughtful formulation of goals and results, and this Administration is incapable of such thought or action.
Vladimir Putin is going to help Baby Assad regain control of his country. The Russians started today with a classic Frontal Aviation air attack, a bombing formation attacking in line abreast. They were using a mix of HE and Cluster munitions, and the attack looked to be quite effective in terms of levelling buildings.
The Obama folks immediately cried "foul", screaming that the target attacked was not on OUR list of known ISIS targets. Well, EXCUUUSE ME.
Couple of things wrong with that Obummer protest: First, our intel isn't fit to wipe a PFC's butt with, and second, it's not OUR war any more, it's Putin's.
We screwed the pooch, backed the wrong horses, and have ZERO moral impetus to do anything in Syria. There are between 2K-5K Chechnians fighting with various extremist muzzie armies in Syria now, and Putin means to kill as many of them in Syria as he can, before they can "retire" from that conflict and go back to the Caucasus and start THAT war again. I'd lay odds that today's targets included some of those Chechnians.