Of course it is. We had a stalemate that just ended. Did it ever occur to anyone that a small stalemated hot war in the deserts of Syria served to suck in Islamic radicals of all stripes out of all those other places that allowed them to be a serious problem. Just how serious was anyone about ending all this?
It is pretty clear that Assad has won his civil war in the cities by and large and now we have visible Russian support to do a mop up and to persuade all hardliners that opposition must fail. Pockets will be crushed by Syrian or even Russian boots on the ground. The weather is even perfect for the Russians as well. China even gets to train its naval pilots in real conditions.
This will be all over by March. Russia will earn prestige and a staunch ally in Syria. The USA will look like a donkey which in view of its handling of all this must be deemed as richly deserved..
Syria – is the end in sight?