What total disdain you have for the readers of these columns. I do believe that most people have dictionaries. If you considered the readership to be too unlettered in the English language to use a dictionary or even, gasp, to understand the word sycophancy itself, why didn't you just use 'servile flattery' (instead of servile flatter) and read your title before pressing send?
U.S. says working on initiative to de-escalate Syria fighting, with focus on Aleppo (Reuters)
from the article: The mystery of America