The deputy foreign minister for Russia may be reading Best Defense: "We must look squarely at the facts and the trend now suggests that the regime and the government in Syria are losing more and more control and more and more territory."
Speaking of crummy things, several of you have written to me protesting the latest changes in this blog's commenting system. I agree: This morning the system wouldn't even allow me to read the comments. It seems like every time the LiveFyre system settles down, some genius comes up with a new fillip to screw things up again. I have complained to the authorities.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.