Just a brief hit for the end of the weekend showing just where things are heading in Syria.

The Obama administration’s handling of the situation in Syria “one of the sad stories of the president’s foreign policy,” according to former secretary of defense Robert Gates.

“I think last fall was a real low point where we went in the space of a week from saying ‘Assad must go’ to ‘Assad must stay’ in order to fulfill the agreement sponsored by Putin to get rid of the chemical weapons that Assad had used against his own people,” he said on Face the Nation. “If ‘winning’ means remaining as president of Syria, I think [Assad] is winning.”

Gates said there may have been an opportunity for the United States and others to oust Assad early in the conflict, but now sees it as too difficult to really change the situation in the country.

Let’s go to the video.

Don’t expect this situation to get better any time soon. Syria has fallen out of the news cycle with all the other disasters taking place, but it’s not getting any better. This is one failure which the international community will be paying for well into the future.