Blame ISIS and Assad, But Not Just Them
In short, all the bad guys have been emboldened and unimpeded so the region is on fire. What is the worst strategic outcome that likely will lead to years of death and destruction? Russia is back in the Middle East offering diplomatic support, selling weapons, and is actually in Syria now, setting up an air base. The Obama White House is divided over what to do about it, having boxed themselves in with their Iran-focused foreign policy. They are at the mercy of the ayatollah and Putin now, and those two have as their goal safeguarding the Assad regime, with all the attendant havoc that creates.