IMHO: this is (a) another instance of Putin (who’s been increasingly more despotic) screwing us, and (b) another reason why the clock is ticking with regard to Syria: the more hardened are their defenses, the more obstinate they will be – and the likelihood of getting them to be a good neighbor to Iraq and Israel DECLINES DRAMATICALLY.
It really pisses me off that Putin is enabling this. Is Putin trying to protect Assad because that’s where Saddam’s WMD are (having been transported there in the winter of 2002 – as DEBKA reported in early 2003)?
“Plus ça change . . .”