“They [the Russians] are, in fact, enabling Assad to double down, which is creating an enormous problem.”
John Kerry, sounding surprised and dazed, on Syria
An enormous problem? How about a shameful humanitarian crisis? And did you really think Putin was going to be helpful?
The Syrian peace talks in Geneva are dead, as are about 150,000 Syrians, with many hundreds of thousands more either starving from living under siege at home or struggling in ragged refugee settlements in Turkey and Lebanon and Jordan.
So the U. S. is reviewing its options, but neither air strikes nor supplying heavy weapons to the rebels is even on the table. In other words, no serious options.
Obama can tell himself Americans don’t have the stomach for another military involvement, but really he’s telling Putin he doesn’t have the guts.