Mark Collins – Obamaprof, or, “Pentagon officials skewered for incoherent Syria policy”

The POTUS has no (policy) clothes:


Put it this way: The Obama administration does not have a policy, let alone a concept of operations. It has a wishlist: Wouldn’t it be nice if, after years of bloody civil war and attaining the status of war criminal, Assad just voluntarily left? Wouldn’t it be nice if, without the United States committing significant boots, the Islamic State went away?

It has zero hope of obtaining either since the means (or lack of means) it has chosen are entirely at odds with the ends it seeks. The administration’s critics for years now have argued that the administration must connect means (aid to those ousting Assad, strikes to enforce the red line, properly sized U.S. forces and adequate support for Kurds, Iraqis, Sunni tribes and non-jihadi Syrian rebels) to the ends the administration says it wants to achieve. Instead the administration has made it harder to obtain its own desired ends by emboldening Iran (and giving it an extra $150 billion to disperse to allies), doing nothing to discourage Russia and demonstrating utter fecklessness such that our Arab allies in the region have no reason to rely on us for support [note this: “Putin, Saudi King seek solution to Syria crisis”]

Quite.  Earlier:

The Caliphate and Obamablather: The Oncology Presidency?

President Obama and Syria, Iraq, Sunnis and Others: Equal Opportunity or Something

Obama and the Caliphate: Still in Denial

The, Hopeless, Arab Mess, Part 2

The Continuing Failure of US Neo-Imperialism

The poor president seems incapable of grasping the realities how the–often very nasty–world works.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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4 thoughts on “Mark Collins – Obamaprof, or, “Pentagon officials skewered for incoherent Syria policy””

  1. Rather late in the game, what (further links at original)?

    ‘US widens anti-ISIS options…

    U.S. seeks more options in its war against the Islamic State group. So far, those include more frequent daily airstrikes; sending special forces to Syria to monitor moderate rebels more closely and call in airstrikes; and deploying Apache attack helicopters to Iraq, Reuters reports. “If President Barack Obama gives a nod to any of the proposals, it would represent an about-face for a leader who had been trying to curtail the U.S. military role in those conflicts, not deepen it,” WSJ writes.

    Defense Secretary: expect more special operations raids like last Thursday’s. Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday, Ashton Carter described a path for Washington’s counter-ISIS fight, couching it in his three Rs: Raqqa, Ramadi and raids.

    There is, of course, one more big “R” in the region. “Our continued support really would be problematic were they [Iraqi leaders] to invite the Russians in to conduct strikes,” Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford told SASC. When Lawmakers asked whether Iraq could stop Russia from bombing, the Marine general replied that Iraq’s air force has “limited air-to-air capability.”..

    And Iran is now attending talks on the future of Syria to be held in Vienna on Thursday and Friday, AP reports. “The United States is taking a gamble,” AP writes. “Iran has backed Assad’s government throughout the conflict, fighting alongside the Syrian military, and is seen by Western-backed rebels and U.S. partners in the region as a major source of the bloodshed. The Syrian opposition may balk at Iran’s inclusion in any discussions on what a post-Assad Syria should look like. On the other hand, all previous international efforts have done nothing to stop the fighting, and Kerry is trying to unite all sides with influence in the Arab country around a common vision of a peaceful, secular and pluralistic Syria governed with the consent of its people.” That, here…’
    http://www.defenseone.com/news/2015/10/the-d-brief-october-28-2015/123194/?oref=d-river

    Mark Collins

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