are we not nation building in Syria picking sides -whom to train arm who to not?
Bad enough we tried very hard very long to do "regime change" with the 'Assad must go' meme.
All l I can think of now is degrade/desroy ISIL,and hope the ground forces - whomever they are - can do the job.
Counter-terrorism. Not counter insurgency.
I think ISIS could be handled this way if we had credible boots on the ground. A force willing to fight to take advantage of what our air strikes do. Now it is plain that President Obama is not going to use American forces, so those boots on the ground will have to come from other sources. Assad is sitting on a force of approximately 250,000 men. Now they are all conscript, but conscript armies can fight if given the right leadership and incentive which our air power could supply. Iraqi military isn't about to fight, the kurds will but won't venture far from their homeland. Iraq as a country means nothing to them. So what or whom is left?
Sometimes in situations like this, one must choose the lesser of two evils, the least evil bad guy. What is our number one priority and how given the restrictions placed upon us, can we accomplish the mission. The only way I see at the moment is to make nice with Assad and use his ground forces. My opinion anyway.
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.