The last two decades of going after “Evil Dictators” all over the globe has also led to the decline of American power — the dilution of resources and energies leading to a lack of focus on the key flash points in the world, especially Kashmir and Jerusalem.
Syria had many problems before the war and continues to grapple with some of them. Wars of such devastating magnitude almost invariably leave behind not only a trail of mess and destruction but also a countless number of corrupt officials and profiteers. Every dog has its day, and the cleanup will soon begin.
The “War on Syria” has had many unintended twists and turns that were unforeseeable at the time it began. The plotters had no reason to believe they were going to lose, and the defenders had no option other than doing all they could and risk and sacrifice all that was dear and precious. However, as frontlines are now being redrawn in Syria in