Assad. Putin. Trump. This is the guy Putin, Trump's BFF, is helping to retain power. The guy who calls Trump his "natural ally." Who committed mass murder of what appears to be largely peaceful opponents.
Comes now Trump, to whom thoughts arrive in 140 characters, and who thinks there's a way for the US single-handedly to end ISIS militarily. (Whatever happened to his oft-claimed, pre-election, secret plan?)
... Trump’s response to the Syrian Civil War has been nothing short of flippant. He has repeatedly voiced support for Russian president Vladimir Putin’s military intervention. He has suggested that the United States work with the tyrant Bashar al-Assad against ISIS. And even a charitable observer would conclude that he has shown little interest in the country’s refugee crisis, which to him is less a matter of burning humanitarian need and more an opportunity to demonstrate American strength...Hard to believe anything Trump decides to do can make things better. But, you know, give him a chance.