You lost me at special ops. We should put exactly zero boots on the ground. All operations can be conducted from ships or from regional bases flying drones. We should risk exactly zero lives in this operation.I'm almost completely convinced that its time, in fact I think it was time long ago, to get rid of Assad through the use of air power, special operations forces acting as advisors and force mutlipliers, and increased support to rebels.
So let's start launching cruise missiles at military bases as well as doing the whole Kosovo metal scraps into power plants and transformer stations griefing to disrupt all power. Both can be done without risking any NATO lives.Ya I know that many of these rebel groups are Islamist in nature, there's no denying the sensitivity of this situation where a bad move can lead to a bad outcome or we experience a Libya-like situation where a moderate and friendly government is in power but has trouble fully controlling its territory. But the outcomes from doing nothing are in my opinion far far far worse, war hardens people, it makes people less tolerate, more extreme, more acceptable of unwanted behavior and the longer this conflict goes on the more extreme the rebel Islamist groups will get and the more extreme the Assad government is going to get.
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
Bashir al-Assad is an ophthalmologist.
Rand Paul is an ophthalmologist.
Clearly they should be able to see eye-to-eye.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville