A reasonable analysis of the Syrian conflict: there might not be a side to the conflict that we would want to win.
No solution seems more viable and durable than the status quo or a variant thereof. A national unity government, encompassing figures from both the present regime and moderate factions of the insurgency, would be too disparate, weak, and exposed to terrorist groups to last or to effectively rule.
Like it or not, the Syrian standoff is there to stay. The rivalries are too deeply entrenched, and the combat means at the disposal of belligerent factions are too exorbitant, for peace and stability to be an attainable objective in the months or years ahead.
Read the whole thing at RealClearWorld.
The one thing that seems most likely? Russia keeps its naval bases.