Sandcrawler PSA: Assad Pre-Occupation is Problematic
Failure to be pragmatic about Assad's usefulness against ISIS is counterproductive and also pretty retarded.
Today's crisis—that which obligated the President to speak on September 10—has its roots in the March 2011 decision of Syrian President Bashar al Assad to respond with lethal violence to peaceful demonstrators seeking his protection from police brutality. The Assad regime initially escorted Al Qaeda in Iraq operatives from Syria to Iraq between 2003 and 2011, but its violently sectarian response to peaceful protest drew much of what was left of the seemingly beaten Al Qaeda in Iraq back to Syria, where it was joined by foreign fighters and split into two groups: the Islamic State and the Nusra Front. Both groups compete with the nationalist opposition to Assad—indeed, the Islamic State engages in de facto collaboration with the regime in western Syria to erase the nationalists, even as Assad and the caliph clash in eastern Syria over oil fields and air bases. And it was from secure bases in eastern Syria that the Islamic State launched its recent assault into Iraq, taking advantage of the depredations of yet another illegitimate, sectarian leader: Nouri al Maliki.
BUT Assad has not been removed, which is a fact on the ground. Another fact n the ground is that ISIS is a direct threat to American interests and Assad is not. In fact he can be an ally against ISIS. Which is why he's allowed ISIS to get to this point. To make himelf needed.
Continue to insist that Assad go and you'll lose Russia, Iran and most of the Iraqi south's support.
Now we'll not need Russia, Assad nor Iran and the Shia say if we're willing to put in troops and do the killing ourselves. But we're not. So in this case we're cutting off our nose to spite our face.
Sure it leaves a bad taste in our mouths, but so does American troops fighting and dying for yet another ME sh*thole.
Assad and all ISIS opposition. Then make popcorn.
Posted by: Howie at 08:34 AM
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