What the hell is going on in Syria? I sure as hell don’t know.
The U.S. claims to be fighting ISIS, as does Iran, although there’s little love lost between the U.S. and Iran, and Russia is supporting Assad, which logically means it should be fighting ISIS, but it seems to have decided that the rebels the U.S. is actually supporting is the greater “threat to stability,” which is the phrase used when somebody wants to support the person currently in power.
I don’t have the solution, but I hope Obama is looking at the big picture. First, what does this have to do with Ukraine? One of two possible things: either things are not going as well for Putin as Russia would have wished, so he’s unloading on Syria, like the man who kicks the dog because his wife has started fighting back, and also as a calculated political ploy of distraction. Or, things are going very well for him in Ukraine and the old son of a bitch is getting greedy.
Vladimir Putin is much smarter than G.W. was, he is probably not starting two wars at once just for shits and giggles.
The other country that I think of is Afghanistan, but the Afghanistan of long ago, when the Taliban were the Mujaheddin and people like Reagan and McCain were referring to them as Freedom Fighters and so we armed them and they drove the Russians out.
I’m not in favor of Russian imperialism, especially living in a former Warsaw Pact nation, but the middle east is a messed up place. The world, and the Middle East, might be better off for their presence. If not, let them wallow in it.
As far as the West is concerned, the least action taken in in the Middle East, the better.