Considering we were facing a war involving the larger part of the mideast, or possibly WWIII, I think things have turned out well.
First and foremost, no war with Syria and Iran that would’ve forced a larger war.
Putin, and Russia, have stepped in it though people are saying how great Putin is. He made a big mistake with jumping on Kerry’s suggestion of Syria getting rid its chemical weapons. Now it’s all on Russia, and the Russian Treasury, to put up or lose everything.
The way to beat an enemy is not on the battlefield, but in the bank like the west did once before with the Soviet Union. The Chinese understand this perfectly and have used N Korea as a deniable stalking horse to drain US coffers till that increased US presence, and the unification of Asia, against China.
For better or worse, Assad will stay in power, which is actually not bad. Does anyone want another post-war Iraq with no firm leader?
Israel’s security is enhanced with Syria getting rid of it’s chemical weapons and not having to turn Syria into a glass factory that glows.
Turkey, with it’s vastly self-serving foreign policy doesn’t have to choose between NATO and neutrality. Turkey is no friend to anyone but it’s self with a renewed nationalistic push to become the regional power it was before WWI
And, I think, last, but there could be more, by staying out of the war in Syria, the U.S., thanks to Russia, sets Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda on a collision course. I think it serves Russian Foreign policy to have Al-Qaeda as a threat to the west and now internecine feuding will be extended to Syria helping the US and Europe, hurting Iran and disabling ill-wishing Russians and even Chinese.
Russia for decades has been trying to insert itself in the Mid East peace process to gain power and influence. Instead it has seen it’s fortunes dwindle. Syria is the last, and only place, it had a chance and now Putin has stepped in a cow patty. Obama couldn’t outsmart Putin. Putin outsmarted himself. Heh heh heh
Leave Syria to the Russians and UN monitors, give the rebels weapons like Saudi Arabia is, or even funnel them through the Saudis. Help the rebels as much as possible to win but let it take time so leadership of the country can develop. The rebels won’t like that, but as mentioned, no one needs another post-war Iraq, not even the Syrians. Better disappointed then dead