The Syrian cease-fire agreement that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced Friday night, September 9, in Geneva hands Syrian affairs over to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and the country’s military. The accord marked a sharp reversal for Washington. In his meeting with Putin in China last week,

US President Barack Obama did not agree to those steps for the simple reason that such an agreement would be in line with the policy and stance of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, not those of the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump suggested several months ago that the US should let Putin finish the war in Syria, asserting that the Russian leader would be able to do it better. READ MORE