It increasingly looks to me that the Russians believed before the Kerry/Lavrov latest "ceasefire" was announced that this effort on the part of the US was simply another ploy to gain time and breathing space for the unicorns and non IS jihadis so beloved by the Borg. If that is what the Russians believed they appear to have been correct. Rebel units are re-deploying under cover of the ceasefire. The rebel commands are resisting the delivery of relief supplies to the people under their rule in East Aleppo. Why? They prefer to retain the IO/propaganda meme involved in the image of starving civilians in their part of the city. The overall situation favors the Russians and the Syrian government. The transformation of Russo/Turkish relations is a major gain for the Bear especially in economic issues involving pipe lines and other infra-structure projects.
And then there is the over-arching problem of chauvinist Russophobia in the Borg, and now in the post Martin Dempsey world of Ash Carter's Department of Defense. I have asked many well connected people to tell me what the roots of this hostility may be. The usual answer is that the Russians threaten the US and our NATO allies. When pressed for specifics the only substantive thing produced is the Russian annexation of the Crimea. There is a lot of talk about threats. What threats there are other than the possession by Russia of a world killing nuclear capability, a capability surpassed by ours seem unknowable. At root the Borgist problem with Russia seems to me to be a threat to the self-image of the American Borg (the foreign policy establishment both left and right). This self-image is born of our fantasy political construct of the Exceptional City on the Hill. How amusing that is! It is a fantasy of those ignorant of actual history. The City on the Hill thing largely rests on the story of colonial New England. The Chesapeake colonies? Well, the less said about those mere commercial adventurers the better. (That was irony) Well, pilgrims, my 9th great grand dad, Major John Mason commanded the colonial force of Englishmen and friendly Indians in the Pequot War in 1633 or thereabouts. His men both European and Native Americans killed or enslaved something like a thousand Pequot Indians and very nearly exterminated the Pequots as a people. Was this the Exceptional City on the Hill at work? And then there was King Philip's War, etc., ad nauseam. But, nevertheless most Americans have an ingrained belief in our superiority as a "people" and as the exemplar of the destiny of mankind. that being the case Americans and the Borg particularly, believe that we should be the world's hegemon. Countries who resist our hegemony must be evil. France has sinned in that way in the past and now there is … Russia. Grrr!. pl