“That [Putin’s] strategy is reminiscent of a losing gambler who keeps doubling his bet convinced that eventually the cards will break his way and he will regain all his losses. Vegas odds makers will tell you that strategy usually results in going broke.”
If Vladimir Putin were still a colonel in the KGB, his superiors would probably take a dim view of his latest operation. Rather than providing leverage to enable the Kremlin to resolve its differences with the US and its allies over the invasion of Ukraine, his Syrian initiative may well end up making Russia’s economic situation even worse. The net result, in those days, might have been a demotion, or at the very least a transfer to the KGB station in Kamchatka. As it is, Vladimir Putin no longer reports to anyone, but that doesn’t mean that a demotion might not be in his future.