This is nothing but alarmist nonsense. This writer has run out of things to say and has launched into inconsequential fear mongering, for reasons only known to him.
I didn’t waste my time reading all of it. The first few paragraphs were enough to convince me that this is a writer with an empty thesis and just wants to be read.
Possibly the purpose of the piece is to present the position that it is unwise to get into a confrontation with Russia. In other words, don’t test Russia on Syria.
Readers, don’t worry. The US is not going to war with Russia — not over Syria and not over Ukraine. False alarm! Both sides know that these skirmishes in developing states are not ever ever going to lead to direct conflict between the 2 major powers. The stakes are just not worth it. No stakes are, in fact — Syria? Ukraine? Forget it.