Another turn in the American position on Syria. Now they are ready to be activated up to ground operations.
"We will not refrain from supporting our partners in their intention to deliver flexible attacks on IS, or from conducting independent operations, be it air strikes or ground actions," said United States Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.
As in Afghanistan, the British Guardian writes, the new revision of the policy in Syria is similar to despair. “Obama’s consistent policy of striving to save the United States from participating in military clashes failed when confronted with geopolitical realities,” the newspaper writes.
What does the statement about "flexible shocks and ground actions" mean? If we exclude the intention of the United States to invade Syria equestrian, crowded and armed, we are talking about raids - operations by special forces forces. Such operations, in fact, as well as air strikes, are effective only if they support some regular ground forces. What kind of strength? The mythical "Free Syrian Army"? I do not want to repeat myself, but the Americans have no such forces in Syria. Such a force is the Syrian regular army, which Russia does not tire of repeating.
Thus, two versions of Obama's reversal are possible. This is, indeed, despair and hysteria, as his numerous opponents shout in his voice. Or he nevertheless agreed with Russia, but simply fears the next hysteria of the very same opponents. If we exclude the interpretation of Obama as a meaningless neurotic, then the second version is most likely.
One of the few forces that effectively resist ISIL, besides the Syrian army and its allies, are the Kurds - “Popular Self-Defense Units”, controlling the territories bordering with Turkey, to which the United States provides patronage and military support, and for which Turkey, a member of the anti-IG coalition, is the basis NATO’s southern flank and the main ally of the United States in the region, inflict airstrikes and promises to inflict them further, if they do not abandon their plans to create Kurdish autonomy. "In the West," Erdogan said, "the approach is this: my terrorist is good, yours is bad."
Even if the Turkish prime minister accuses the West of double standards, wait for the "Turkish stream." Seriously, we just considered the Kurds as potential allies in the fight against ISIS. And if Erdogan does not want Turkey to repeat the fate of Syria, he will have to negotiate with us and with the Americans. The case when it is convenient to all but Erdogan himself. However, in the light of the fact that he was inferior in Syria, no one promised that it would be easy.
Syria, indeed, can be a model bargain. The model by which we can stop the immersion of the world in the idiocy of endless confrontation. Or maybe not. Russia made its move.