I don't like Trump, and certainly wouldn't have voted for him, if I'd been in America.
Nor do I think his close ties with Russia are healthy for America's system of government.
Maybe there's an opportunity here?
If Trump's relationship with Russia is strong enough for the Russian military to trust Trump, and for Trump to trust them, then maybe (just maybe) putting American boots on the ground in Syria might not turn out to be a disaster.
It would come at a price, but let's at least look at the scenario:
- Trump issues a statement backing the legitimacy of Assad's government of Syria.
- Assad sends a formal invitation for America to send in its troops, for a fixed duration (eg 2 years), which America does.
- America teams up with Russian and Assad's forces to kick ISIS out of Syria.
- Russia gives America lots of the credit, and good press photo opportunities.
- Assad promises to turn a new leaf, and respect human rights and ditch his chemical weapons.
- America leaves, with a victory parade from a grateful and peaceful population.
- Refugees get welcomed back.
- Assad remains solidly in power, with Russian forces still there, backing him up.
What does Assad get out of it: All of Assad's other opponents (eg the Kurds) tragically get wiped out during the fighting.
What does Russia get out of it: suppress the Muslim extremists (who are causing problems in ex-soviet states), and cement its power base in the Middle East, with Syria remaining its client state.
What does America get out of it: Set back for ISIS, fewer refugees, guaranteed re-election for Trump.
What does the rest of the world get out of it: Set back for ISIS, fewer refugees