This is a scary f*cking scenario right out of the worst Dystopian Novel Imaginable. As if Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King were writing Strategy for the "Empire". Rather than Syria, much of it is aimed at Venezuela and the Global South.
Syria is important because Assad is the only Leader in the Mid East that successfully defended his Country, and this discusses how he managed it. The Author presents Chaos Theory employed to destroy half the Earth, while allowing the US and its Allies [The Empire] to steal any and all raw materials without cost to themselves.
Countries in the Global South are next. Will they continue to use the strategies of the past against Colonialism? Or will they follow Assad's lead, and adapt Strategy to this new Warfare aimed at creating Chaos rather than Colonialism to get what it wants?