I don't know where to begin with this, though a warning that it was going to be tripe was contained in the rhetorical flourish at the end of the opening paragraph:
"Whether it’s in Ukraine or Syria, the Russian president seems always to have the upper hand."
I respectfully suggest that's because Russia borders Ukraine and is acting in support of the Syrian government (whether you like it or not) and not a disunited and weak opposition movement. Geography and political reality give Russia "the upper hand." No amount of truthiness is going to change that.
Basically, the argument is that the United States needs to ramp up its military intervention in Syria and confront Russia until it can force regime change.
Won't these people ever learn?