There is a rule that should be inviolate: You broke it, you bought it.
I was opposed to the War in Iraq as were many in the US Intelligence Community for that very reason. Invading Iraq meant that we would need to keep hundreds of thousands of US troops in Iraq for at least twenty years - maybe forever. It would also put the US in a position to rule a nation which had been held together with medieval torture methods. The US and kinder/gentler would not work. Never the less, President George W. Bush pushed the button and the rest is history.
When President Obama strolled into office, he declared a new world without American influence. And 'you broke it, you bought it' flew out the window. And the entire Middle East is in turmoil as is North Africa, specifically because of Obama's foolish policies. What we see has been entirely predictable, both what Bush did and what Obama did was based on hubris and flew in the face of natural consequences.
President Obama removed the Sixth Fleet from the Mediterranean and the Russians replaced us. Now the Russians have all but taken over Syria (with the dictator's blessings), have an armored brigade on the ground, a mixture of ground attack and air superiority aircraft at Latakia, and have declared their own zone of influence which has been approved by Israel, Iran and Turkey. US out Russia in.
If you were Putin, what would you do first? Attack ISIL or wipe out troops trained and organized by the USA? Sure, he is killing off the US-backed anti-Assad opposition group. Predictable? Absolutely.
The Wall Street Journal reported US officials as saying that the targets had in fact been rebel forces backed by the Central Intelligence Agency.
As the US continues it's diplomatic rhetoric, Russia is not even pretending to hide its real intentions. More than at any other time in the conflict, Washington's tentative Syria policy calls to mind the fable of the emperor with no clothes. Russia, meanwhile, is holding all the cards.
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and all who surround them are nothing but a pathetic joke.