The war for dominance in the Middle East, following the crushing
of ISIS, appears about to commence in Syria with NATO allies
America and Turkey on opposing sides.
Turkey is moving armor and troops south to Syrias border enclave
of Afrin, occupied by Kurds, to drive them out, and then drive the
Syrian Kurds out of Manbij further south as well.
Says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, We will destroy all terror
nests, one by one, in Syria, starting from Afrin and Manbij.
For Erdogan, the Kurdish YPG, the major U.S. ally in Syria, is
an arm of the Kurdish PKK in Turkey, which we and the Turks have
designated as a terrorist organization.
While the Kurds were our most effective allies against ISIS in
Syria, Turkey views them as a mortal peril and intends to deal with
If Erdogan is serious, a clash with the U.S. is coming, as our
Kurdish allies occupy most of Syrias border with Turkey.
Moreover, the U.S. has announced plans to create a 30,000-man
Border Security Force of Kurds and Arabs to keep ISIS out of
Erdogan has branded this BSF a terror army, and President Bashar
Assad of Syria has called BSF members traitors.
This U.S. plan to create a BSF inside Syria, Damascus declared,
represents a blatant attack on the sovereignty and territorial
integrity and unity of Syria, and a flagrant violation of
Does not the Syrian government have a point?
Now that ISIS has been driven out of Raqqa and Syria, by what
authority do U.S. forces remain to arm troops to keep the Damascus
government from reimposing its authority on its own territory?
Secretary of State Tillerson gave Syria the news Wednesday.
The U.S. troop commitment to Syria, he said, is now
Our goals: Guarantee al-Qaida and ISIS do not return and set up
sanctuary; cope with rising Iranian influence in Damascus; and
pursue the removal of Bashar Assads ruthless regime.
But who authorized this
strategic commitment, of indefinite duration, in Syria, when near
two decades in Afghanistan have failed to secure that nation
against the return of al-Qaida and ISIS?
Again and again, the American people have said they do not want
to be dragged into Syrias civil war. Donald Trump won the
presidency on a promise of no more unnecessary wars.
Have the American people been had again?
Will they support a clash with NATO ally Turkey, to keep armed
Kurds on Turkeys border, when the Turks regard them as
Are we prepared for a shooting war with a Syrian army, backed by
Russia, Iran, Hezboll...