But wait just a minute!!
It occurred to me that while Mr Ignatius is pushing the unlawful occupation of Syrian territory, the vast majority of Americans (and Canadians) are completely unaware of the mass invasion, and annexation of Syrian territory, that the Americans engaged in with their terror proxies. He glosses right over that reality and starts selling the occupation. Is Ignatius admitting that the fight against ISIS is a ruse to justify attacking Syria, while annexing her territory with an eye to occupation? Of course he isn't. But it's implicit in his spin.
Ignatius also regurgitates the fabrication that because the US left Iraq, which they didn’t, ISIS was able to take hold! That’s a flat out lie.
ISIS was able to take hold in Iraq precisely because the US NEVER left Iraq- The idea that they left was just another prevarication... Sitting in a mile high pile of stinkin’ bullshit and intentional untruths.. But then this oped is written by David Ignatius?
Let's briefly flashback to a few recent postings regarding the very obvious US desire to occupy northern Syria- A desire shared by their Kurdish terror proxies. In an area they (the US) have annexed with their Kurdish proxies
Flashback: US Increases Military Posts in Kurd Annexed Syria: Vindicated Again
Flashback- US to Remain In Syrian “Kurdistan” For Decades After ISIS is “Defeated”
Ignatius via Stars and Stripes
“As the U.S.-led coalition accelerates its campaign to destroy Islamic State’s remaining strongholds in Syria, the Trump administration faces a big decision about the future: Does it want to keep some U.S. troops inside the country to help stabilize Syria after the jihadis are defeated, or does it want to pack up and come home?Stabilize means further destabilize in order to balkanize
"The dilemma is eerily like what President Barack Obama faced in Iraq in 2011, and the risks and benefits are similar. President Donald Trump, like his predecessor, has expressed skepticism about permanent U.S. wars in the Middle East. But he also knows that pulling out U.S. troops from bases east of the Euphrates could create a vacuum that might trigger ethnic slaughter, regional proxy wars and a new wave of jihadist violence"Keeping US bases and occupiers in place will be the trigger for ethnic slaughter, regional proxy wars and rebranded aka new jihadis
|US Special Forces in Annexed Syrian territory wearing YPG patches...identifying themselves as/with the destroyers of Syria|
Let's flashback to the alleged withdrawal from Iraq briefly...
Flashback- 2014: Re-read or read anew: The US Departure from Iraq was all Illusion!
DI "The military and civilian officials who have been closest to U.S.-Syria policy appear convinced that America should maintain a residual presence, probably something under 1,000 special operations forces that could continue to train and advise — and also, restrain — the Syrian Kurdish militia that has been America’s key partner against ISIS. But this alliance with the Kurds is controversial, inside Syria and out.
The political map of Syria, for now, looks like a patchwork quilt, with different bands controlled by rival groups and their patrons. The U.S. and its Kurdish partners dominate east of the Euphrates. The Syrian regime with its Russian and Iranian allies control the vast center of the country; Turkish-backed forces control a strip along the northern border; and a Jordanian-Russian “deconfliction” agreement has pacified the southwest"
Few analysts expect that Syria can be reunified by President Bashar Assad. So, for the foreseeable future, the country will be divided into these zones of influence — awaiting a political transition process that can re-establish the legitimacy and authority of a new central government in Damascus.
The U.S. piece of this puzzle is the area east of the Euphrates. The Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG, advised by elite American forces and backed by U.S. air power, has swept across this area over the past three years, and in about six weeks is expected to seize ISIS’ capital of Raqqa. As they advanced, the Kurds recruited Sunni Arab allies into a broader coalition known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The ad hoc military alliance that produced the SDF has many critics. The Sunni-dominated Syrian opposition fears that the Kurdish fighters want to create an independent state, and neighboring Turkey sees them as terrorists. But battlefield success generates its own political momentum, and as the U.S. and the SDF have advanced, something of a bandwagon effect has developed. Sunni opposition groups now seem eager to fight alongside the Kurdish-led forces, under overall U.S. command.
This new willingness to work in tandem with the Kurds was voiced by Riad Hijab, the head of the Syrian opposition coalition known as the High Negotiations Committee. He said in a recent interview that his supporters want “to fight ISIS and other terrorist groups, alongside with the SDF, as long as we fight independently in separate fronts.”
Hijab claimed that up to 5,000 Sunni opposition forces would be ready to join the U.S. and the SDF in liberating Deir el-Zour, the next big town in the Euphrates Valley southeast of Raqqa. The Sunni opposition groups apparently prefer allying with Kurds to Assad’s regime.Flashback : Assad's Speech - Eyes On The Deir Ez-Zor Keystone
American officials are pleased that Hijab and other opposition leaders want to join the fight in the Euphrates Valley. But they say the new recruits aren’t ready for heavy fighting, and that Deir el-Zour will almost certainly be taken by 10,000 Syrian regime troops that are already in the town, joined by regime forces now moving east, with Russian and Iranian backing. The Iranian presence worries some U.S. officials, but they say regime control of Deir el-Zour is probably inevitable.
U.S. commanders say the real strategic prize is further south. They say as soon as Raqqa is secure, SDF troops (joined by whatever other Arab forces are ready), will advance toward the lower Euphrates Valley, south of Deir el-Zour. The U.S. hopes that Iraqi forces across the border will help check Iranian power in the area.
DI "What happens next? That depends in part on whether U.S. military advisers stay in eastern Syria. If they remain, say U.S. officials, they can curb the Kurds’ ambitions for independence, deter the Turks from intervening, and encourage the Sunni opposition to work with all sides. A future U.S. presence “will be essential,” says Hijab.Since we all know the US NEVER left Iraq, we know for certain that Ignatius has built a strawman based on the lie of the US leaving Iraq, which resulted in alleged disaster, to justify the occupation of Syria
And if they leave quickly? We’ve seen this movie before."
If the US stays, and they're intending to, their presence will encourage/embolden Kurdish ambitions for independence, they will deter the Turks from intervening/ protecting their borders and territory. While casting eyes on Iran. The US presence will encourage the "sunni opposition" which includes Sunni Muslim Kurds as well as some Sunni Muslim Arabs to force the hand of the Assad government - Win, win for the US and Israel and always the plan!