Syrian Kurds celebrate a victory over ISIS. One of the most disciplined forces in the region—aside from Damascus’ own army and Hezbollah—they have been well armed and trained. Their military includes women fighters. Their alliance with the USA will probably cost them dearly.
US foreign policy in the Middle East is not merely adrift, it is in a state of severe crisis.
Even as Turkish tanks and warplanes continue to pound US allies in northwestern Syria (The Kurds), powerbrokers in the White House and the Pentagon are unable to settle on a way forward. The frantic attempts to placate their NATO ally, Turkey, while trying to assuage the fears of their mostly Kurdish proxy-army (Syrian Democratic Forces) has further underscored the dismal absence of a coherent policy that would not only address the rapidly-changing battlespace but also deal with the prospect that a critical regional ally (Turkey) might seek strategic objectives that are directly at odds with those of Washington. The present disaster that is unfolding in the Afrin canton in Syria’s northwest corner could have been avoided had the Trump administration abstained from announcing that it planned a permanent military presence in east Syria, which implied its tacit support for an independent Kurdish state. This, in fact, was the trigger for the current crisis, the provocation that set the dominoes in motion.
The unexpected escalation of fighting on the ground (Afrin), along with Turkey’s promise to clear the Syrian border all the way to Iraq, has only increased the sense of panic among Trump’s top national security advisors who are making every effort to minimize the damage by trying to bring Turkey’s invasion to a swift end. As yet, there is no sign that Turkey will stop its onslaught short of achieving its goals which involve defeating elements of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) that have joined the US-backed SDF. Ankara has already warned Washington that it will defend its national security against Kurdish forces (which it considers “terrorists”) whether US troops are located in the area or not. The possibility that one NATO ally might actually attack US Special Forces operating on the ground in Syria has ignited a flurry of diplomatic activity in Washington and across Europe. What started as an announcement that was intended to send a warning to Moscow and Tehran that the US planned to be in Syria “for the long-haul”, has dramatically backfired pitting Ankara against Washington while casting doubt on the Trump administration’s ability to diffuse a potentially-explosive situation. . .
“The present disaster that is unfolding in the Afrin canton in Syria’s northwest corner could have been avoided had the Trump administration abstained from announcing that it planned a permanent military presence in east Syria,”
That filth in Washington is just unbelievable! How I wish that Russia would announce that “it is planning a permanent military presence in Alaska and Hawaii.” How would those nasty yokels in Washington feel about that? And yet it is okay for them to announce that they will “plan a permanent military presence in a country they’ve bombed to bits, while having trained and armed terrorists to unseat the lawful government there?” Talk about arrogance, conceit and downright ignoring the sovereignty of other nations, they’re even ignoring international codes of conduct towards other countries. I hope Turkey continues to pound the shit out of any forces that are U.S. backed!
I agree totally with your sentiments, Shelby. At the same time I find it really sad that it’s Kurdish civilians that are getting the shit bombed out of them. While the real culprits are safely tucked up in their gated communities in the Beltway.
I hear ya! It pisses me off to.
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“While the real culprits are safely tucked up in their gated communities in the Beltway.”
But only for the last four or five hundred years, according to my reckoning. The human species hasn’t always lived this way.