Syndicated columnist George Will told viewers Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a strong strategy to fighting the civil war in Syria.

"The president says [Assad] must go. Putin says he must stay, and Putin says it with tanks and fighter planes and what we call boots on the ground," the Fox News contributor said. "I'd bet on [Putin's] side."

Will added that he couldn't think of another civil war that ended in compromise, "We're in the 5th year of a civil war, which by civil war standards is uncommonly savage. 220,000 people perhaps dead by now and the president's idea is that we should compromise...I don't think civil wars end with compromises."