Its a simple proposition to me , the US has been spilling its blood over there for a long time now , why not let them spill some blood of their own over there , so we dont have to , quit ***** footing around and get the job done . Any perceived ” loss ” of Syria , is no real loss . Other than a port , Syria doesn’t have much to offer . I actually do think that he is in there to do just what he said , which is to support a legit government in order to prevent more spreading of ISIS and other groups . Does he have other motives ? he probably does , but right now , what he is doing is actually useful . So far , they are only using their air force to support syrian ground troops , and spetsnaz to hit cells . Like was mentioned in another post , looking back , its too bad that Saddam Hussein got greedy , and went into Kuwait , absolutely forcing us to intervene . Had he not done that , as brutal as he was , it would have been at least some more stability over there .