How do you know when the United States is at a disadvantage in a geopolitical quagmire?
Our diplomats and Presidents want to 'open up talks.'
Multiple times in the past four years the U.S. has used negotiating ceasefires in Syria and Ukraine to rearm and regroup those we're backing or get our opposition (the Syrian Arab Army, the Russians) to let their guard down and then attack within 24 hours.
We've used the U.N. Security Council as a bludgeon to brazenly lie about on the ground facts in Syria to attempt to save our pet jihadists in places like Aleppo and now eastern Ghouta.
And in each of these instances the Russian counterparts have documented the U.S.'s mendacity, patiently building up an international file of such incidents for future use. As I've pointed out so many times, the Russians rightly feel we are "Not Agreement Capable" either from a short-term or long-term perspective.