Jamie McIntyre on Russian actions in Syria:
……Last month at the prestigious Munich Conference on Security Policy, [Senate Armed Services Chairman Sen. John McCain] blasted the “cessation of hostilities” agreement hammered out between Moscow and Washington, as simply playing into Putin’s hands.
“It is no accident that Mr. Putin has agreed on a cessation of hostilities when he did. We have seen this movie before in Ukraine: Russia presses its advantage militarily, creates new facts on the ground, uses the denial and delivery of humanitarian aid as a bargaining chip, negotiates an agreement to lock in the spoils of war, and then chooses when to resume fighting. This is diplomacy in the service of military aggression,” McCain said.