Vladimir Putin once again shocked the world by announcing that Russian personnel will be leaving Syria and heading home. He appears to have reached the conclusion that his thrust into the Middle East has been successful and it is time to leave the chaos for someone else or he may actually believe his short time effort has really solved the mess in Syria. With Putin,no one really knows how his mind really works. There is no doubt the Putin thrust has resulted in:
1.Killing gobs of people.
2. Enabling President Assad to live another day.
3. Not really bothered ISIS that much since Russians were more interested in killing moderate Muslims.
4. Provided Republican candidates an opportunity to demonstrate they could take out Russians with their mouths.
5. Left a lot of cities with more bombed out buildings.
6.Increased the financial mess in Russia.
But, other than these occurrences, Russia once again proved it was a tough guy.