The decision made by President Obama, Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad to place Syrian chemical weapons under the control of the United Nations is less about winning, and more about finding the “least worst” solution to the conflict.
“No one gets exactly what he wants. But no one loses everything either,” said Cole.
Cole acknowledges that the conflict with Syria is exceedingly complicated. However, she also points out that “the present pause in the stalemate gives everyone time to think things through.”
“Losing some face is worth it if you can return to play another day — perhaps at a game that plays more to your strengths,” said Cole.