GW’64, the stalwart, sent in a couple of links today. The first we’ll put up is this– on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian conflict. It is, as GW’64 said, lengthy, but it’s worth a read.
Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. Their criticism has focused on what they see as the administration’s fixation on Assad’s primary ally, Vladimir Putin. In their view, Obama is captive to Cold War thinking about Russia and China, and hasn’t adjusted his stance on Syria to the fact both countries share Washington’s anxiety about the spread of terrorism in and beyond Syria; like Washington, they believe that Islamic State must be stopped.
What exactly are we trying to do in Syria? What is the end state? This is worth a lot of discussion. If we don’t fully understand what we want out of this, it’s doomed to fail.