Remember Colonel Gadhafi? Saddam Hussein? You can be sure Bashar al-Assad does:
Assad won’t make any sort of deal with Trump or the US. He’ll go down fighting, and if things do look hopeless, you may get to see what his WMD arsenal can actually do — possibly for the first time.
Bring the troops home. Let the Muslims slaughter each other to their hearts’ content, or let the Arab states figure out what to do with it. Israel is in no real danger. They could wipe most of the military players in the field off the map in a few days of concentrated IDF strikes. And if that isn’t enough, the last time Syria and Israel went f2f for real, Israel was on the verge of occupying Damascus before the Soviets stepped in.
Anyway, no rush to judgment here, please. I don’t really know what’s going on, but I suspect none of it means well for America.
Neither did Afghanistan, if I remember correctly.