“The reason Russia came in is because ISIL was getting stronger, Daesh was threatening the possibility of going to Damascus and so forth. And that’s why Russia went in. Because they didn’t want a Daesh government and they supported Assad.
“And we know that this was growing. We were watching. We saw that Daesh was growing in strength, and we thought Assad was threatened. We thought, however, we could probably manage, that Assad would then negotiate. Instead of negotiating, he got Putin to support him.”
A US DIA report written in 2012 suggested that a Salafist entity could be allowed to grow in Syria to isolate Assad.
And appaerently Kerry wanted to send ground troops into Syria but Congress wouldn't authorise it:
“It’s hard because Congress will not authorize the use of force.”
Well, the whole new American political power structure is dominated by pro-Israelis with a very pro-Israel Republican platform that just might now authorise ground troops in Syria, particularly if Russia is pulling out now.
Without meaning to, John Kerry has made the case against US intervention in Syria https://t.co/ejLN0aIaI1— Mondoweiss (@Mondoweiss) 11 January 2017