Syria– What Is It That We’re Trying to Do??

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.

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VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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3 Responses to Syria– What Is It That We’re Trying to Do??

  1. MDL says:

    From the 2012 campaign; “Governor Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that Al Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not Al Qaida; you said Russia, in the 1980s, they’re now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years”.

    Guess the joke is on America.

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  2. slater says:

    Deposing Assad gets us nowhere. If a Carly Fiorina/Hillary are the same person with different paint jobs. Ask the Germans how fighting on two fronts worked…in fact ask them twice. The only way to truly win to do what we had done in WWII, but the idea of collateral damage some how makes these limpies run and hide. That’s funny, because Ash Carter and Mark Milley both said Russia was our greatest threat, what a joke.

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