So, today, we’ve seen headlines such of this …
So, the Russians are there. Assad is supposedly the person the West wants out. What should we do?
Nothing. Or, better, we should coordinate with the Russians.
Look, regardless of what one thinks of Assad, there are too many downsides and no upsides to being antagonistic towards the Russian presence.
For a moment, (I know some of the readers would disagree), let’s assume US/Western military superiority over all other militaries. I firmly believe, if we had the will, we could assert our will, regardless of any coalition against us, today. Let’s say we do poke the Russians and topple Assad. ………. We all should, by now, know what would replace the power vacuum in Syria. That would be ISIS. Again, regardless of what one thinks of Assad, he’s infinitely better than ISIS. Is he a scumbag? Sure. He’s a totalitarian despot, but, then, what nation, other than Israel isn’t totalitarian in the region?
Let’s say we humiliate Russia in the process, in which, we surely would if we imposed our will to topple Assad. What’s gained? I mean, other than a firm and potent enemy? It is my impression that Putin is waiting for a US leader he can respect. When Bush was president, even though they had their differences, they seemed to respect each other. Putin has none for Obama. None. It isn’t hard to see why.
Under Obama, the US has demonstrate absolutely no willingness to remain, in country, as a stabilizing force. Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan. Iraq, we left when the nation was just beginning to stabilize. Now, ISIS controls much of the nation. Libya, we just toppled the regime and left. Now, it’s a huge mess, and we managed to kill some fine American patriots because of it. While we remain in Afghanistan, we’ve drawn down the numbers of service men to the point where we cannot provide any stabilization. There is no upside to doing this, which we know we would do, in Syria.
Then, let’s say Putin doesn’t understand our military superiority and gets really pissed that we did that ……. regardless of the outcome, there’s no upside to it. Russia isn’t threatening US or Western interests. They’re trying to protect their own.
I believe, for the sake of humanity, we could, just this once, coordinate with Russia and extinguish the monstrosity against humanity, ISIS. ……. Oh, yeh, and screw the Turks, this is more important than they are. They’re just going to have to swallow.