Discussions between the Kurds, the Syrian government and Moscow began last year as the Kurds grew nervous that the Americans would leave them in the lurch.
Bolton believes that to protect itself and project its power, the United States must be aggressive, unilateral and militant, sharing worldview that animated Richard B. Cheney, who after 9/11 spoke openly about the need to "use any means at our disposal, basically, to achieve our objective."
President Trump has said he would like to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Such a withdrawal from Syria and Iraq could enable a contiguous pan-Shi’a Iran.
No matter where one sits on the political spectrum, there is a broad consensus that the U.S. will face many foreign policy challenges in 2018.
The Trump administration must cope with multiple geopolitical conflicts and foreign policy challenges, whether Trump likes it or not.