"Russia’s military intervention in Syria is finally generating gains on the ground for Syrian government forces, tilting the battlefield in favor of President Bashar al-Assad to such an extent that the Obama administration’s quest for a negotiated settlement to the war suddenly looks a lot less likely to succeed.
The gains are small-scale, hard-won and in terms of territory overall don’t add up to much, in keeping with the incremental nature of war.
But after 3½ months of relentless airstrikes that have mostly targeted the Western-backed opposition to Assad’s rule, they have proved sufficient to push beyond doubt any likelihood that Assad will be removed from power by the nearly five-year-old revolt against his rule. The gains on the ground are also calling into question whether there can be meaningful negotiations to end a conflict Assad and his allies now seem convinced they can win." Washpost
The US MSM has carefully avoided describing the major gains made by R+6 forces but now the game has so clearly gone down the drain for the R2Pers, their neocon friends, the Turks and the Gulfies that mention of it cannot be avoided.
I wonder if Ms Sly actually understands war so little that she believes her own description of the battlefield situation. Perhaps. Perhaps.
Well, pilgrims, she has one thing right. There isn't the chance of a snowball in hell that R+6 can be BSd into giving up what is obviously a winning hand.
We Americans ought to start contemplating the massive amounts of money that we are NOT GOING TO MAKE in the re-construction of Syria and the development of Iran's economy.
The dreams of the Brave New World Order have proven to be expensive. pl