"American support for a pair of diplomatic initiatives in Syria underscores the shifting views of how to end the civil war there and the West’s quiet retreat from its demand that the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, step down immediately.
The Obama administration maintains that a lasting political solution requires Mr. Assad’s exit. But facing military stalemate, well-armed jihadists and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the United States is going along with international diplomatic efforts that could lead to more gradual change in Syria." NY Times
Well, at last...
The incomprehensible US policy with regard to Syria has come apart.
"The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley, an' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain..."
The madcap scheme intended to purge Syria of a secular, multi-confessional government to be replaced by god knows what was never a good idea and it has foundered like a wind bedeviled ship on the rocks of reality. pl