What To Do About Syria?

Now there is a question with 100 answers….and a question that no one is asking……just throw more ordinance and troops at the situation and hope for the best.

Oh boy the war in Syria has been missing from the headlines for a week or more….too much drama going on in DC for Americans to care about Syria….but believe it or not the war does not stop because Trump maybe in hot water….

The most recent action in Syria was the US actually attacking Syrian forces…..

US officials say an American airstrike has hit pro-Syrian government forces in southern Syria as they were setting up fighting positions in a protected area. The officials say the strike Thursday near Tanf hit a tank and a bulldozer and forces there, but it wasn’t clear if they were Syrian army troops or other pro-government allies, the AP reports. One official says the pro-regime forces had entered a so-called “de-confliction” zone without authorization and were perceived as a threat to US-allied troops there. The officials say the strike was a defensive move to protect the US allies; it wasn’t clear if US forces were present. The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

The area has been a source of tension as both government forces and US-backed rebels advance there. Both the government forces and the rebels are trying to rout Islamic State militants from the area. Meanwhile, a Syria state news agency says President Bashar Assad has met with Iraq National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayad to discuss “practical” steps to improve coordination between their countries’ militaries in the anti-terrorism campaign along their shared border. Syrian state media and a monitoring group say at least 15 civilians were killed this week and dozens wounded in an ISIS offensive on the government-held village of Aqarab al-Safiyeh in central Syria. State news agency SANA says women and children were among the dead, and that some were beheaded.

Are you up to snuff on how this whole thing got started?  I can help with that……

Source: Syria’s civil war explained from the beginning | News | Al Jazeera

It might help to understand the conflict before the calls for Assad must go returns….

And that is the end game for the US and its allies…..Assad must go and let freedom ring…….

There is a slight problem……there are NO easy answers after Assad goes?

Donald Trump campaigned on an “America First” foreign policy.  But he hasn’t been immune to the vapors of the Swamp.  Not even three months after his inauguration, administration officials were praising NATO; affirming commitments to Japan and South Korea; discussing troop surges for Afghanistan; talking about permanently stationing forces in Iraq, increasing aid for Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen, and effecting regime change in Syria.  It was as if Hillary Clinton occupied the President’s body.

Trump’s flip-flop on Syria was particularly shocking.  Before the dawn of the Neoconservative Age no sane American would have suggested intervening in the horror that this ancient land has become.

Source: Regime Change in Syria: Pick Your Poison | Chronicles Magazine

The simple truth, something you will not get from those running things in DC, is there is NO solution that has a bright future for Syria.  And yet we keep fighting and fighting to NO good end.

Freedom in Syria is a pipe dream for now.

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Update:  After I wrote this draft word has come out the US is floating a plan to Russia that would make sure that out two forces were not fighting each other….

The U.S. is proposing to Russia a plan for managing the battlefield in the main oil-producing region of Syria.

U.S.-backed forces face a complex situation amid Syria’s ongoing civil war. They are fighting Islamic extremists but are also in conflict with Syrian forces backed by Russia.

The U.S. sees the area in question as the next major battleground in the evolving coalition campaign to destroy the Islamic State group.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford is declining to describe the proposal in detail. But he says the Russian military is eager to find ways to avoid an armed U.S.-Russian conflict in the area around Deir el-Zour on the Euphrates River.

The proposal comes as President Donald Trump pushes for an accelerated campaign to destroy Islamic State militants.

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8 thoughts on “What To Do About Syria?

  1. The possibility of the US and Russia firing on each other is growing every day. Fighting a proxy war in another country is a risky business indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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