You can try to sugarcoat death and defeat, but that will not change what they are. This deal is a diplomatic and a strategic loss even to the US, because sometimes “how we got there” is far more important than what has been achieved. The how in this case informs the what and seals its fate. We are here, because Obama is apathetic, Kerry a bungler , and Putin and Assad megalomaniac butchers. No deal reached between this four can prove lasting or good. Today, the Syrians will lose, even the pro-Assad fools, but as tomorrow will soon reveal, the fate of many other peoples is at stake as well, and it won’t be pretty.