wingman wrote:The US press went nearly berserk with this news like it was some kind of affront to our international standing. I don't know why people would think we'd ever try to or actually prevent two nations closely cooperating on many fronts to cooperate on a military one. It's not as if we're friends with either country and we already have (just guessing here) maybe 20 air bases and/or carrier groups within 1 hour of striking distance to just about any point in the ME. I've said it before, Syria is the literal arabic word for "quagmire" with red flashing lights all over it. Syria, Russia and Iran are aligned against these "allied rebels" we support, and which no one seems to be able to define in any kind of sensical way, while Turkey has a genocidal death wish against the Kurds we support in the north. I feel badly for the Syrian victims of this war, and you can't help but cry out for the bloodied child in Aleppo, but Syria is the very epicenter of everything that's gone wrong with this region and religion. If Russia wants to fix it I say we give them carte blanche. There is absolutely nothing to be gained from direct and sustained US military action in Syria. The country has never been friendly to the US and the lessons of of our miserable failure at nation-building in Iraq v2.0 should be like a hammer dropping on our big toe every day. Sadly the latter is not the case and there is still an endless yearning for warfare in this country.
dfwjim1 wrote:This is utterly untrue. This cliche has been used to keep the American populace uninformed for far too long. With the exception of foreign invasions (and yes the British / French actions in the early 20th century count as invasions) the Levant and greater Syria region has been a pastoral backwater in the history of war.Keep in mind too that the Syrian people have a long history (all the way back to Old Testament times) of engaging in warfare with their neighbors. I don't think they are going to change anytime soon.
ThePointblank wrote:And Russia has been ejected from the Iranian base:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/russia-ira ... -1.3730454
dfwjim1 wrote:Your comments are right on. The current conflict in Syria has so many different sides that the United States should steer clear of that country and let all of the various parties and actors hash it out.
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