by Tyler Durden
November 10, 2015
One thing you might have noticed of late is that Washington seems to
be preparing the US public for the possibility that the Pentagon is
going to put "boots on the ground" in Syria and by "boots on the
ground," we mean more than 50 "advisors."
Indeed, it's the same story in Iraq and
as we noted after the
release of helmet cam footage depicting an ISIS prison raid in
the northern Iraqi town of Huwija late last month, releasing
battlefield GoPro shots is probably,
an effort to convince
whatever partners the US has left in the Mid-East that Washington is
still effective at "fighting" terror
a prelude to stepped
up ground ops
That assessment was confirmed when the
Pentagon suggested it would send Apache gunships and their crews to
Of course Iraq
poured cold water on that idea when spokesman
told NBC News that,
"this is an Iraqi affair and the
government did not ask the U.S. Department of Defense to be
involved in direct operations. We have enough soldiers on the
Yes, enough Iranian soldiers, and so, as
we noted earlier this month, the US will either need to go through
Erbil to get more US boots in Iraq or else just shift the focus to
Syria where putting combat troops into battle risks lining up
American soldiers to enter into direct combat with the Quds and
Hezbollah and may even risk an "accident" whereby Russia bombs an
American position because the Pentagon lied to The Kremlin and said
the US wouldn't be operating near Aleppo.
Well, on Tuesday, we got the latest hint
that a large scale (not to mention prolonged) ground operation is in
the offing as the U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told
air power alone cannot "defeat ISIS."
U.S.-led military coalition fighting Islamic State militants is
weakening the group's hold in Iraq and Syria even after Gulf
Arab allies scaled back airstrikes, though ground forces are
needed to retake territory, senior U.S. Air Force officials
coalition's air campaign has killed thousands of fighters,
including key leaders, and pushed back militants by hitting
control and training centers as well as equipment and storage
areas, U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told reporters
Occupying or governing
land will require "boots on the ground" including the
Iraqi army, Syrian opposition fighters and Kurdish forces, which
the U.S. is trying to train and equip, she said.
to take years" to fight
Islamic State, James said at the Dubai Air Show.
"Ultimately, this area requires a political solution as
The coalition has recently targeted Islamic
State's revenue sources, including oil facilities, Lieutenant
General Charles Q. Brown Jr., commander of the U.S. Air Forces
Central Command, told reporters at the air show.
The U.S. has
moved A10 jets from Kuwait and tankers from Qatar to Turkey's Incirlik Air Base to help in the campaign, he said.
cannot occupy territory and very importantly it cannot govern
territory," she told reporters at
the Dubai Airshow.
is where we need to have boots on the ground. We do need to have
ground forces in this campaign."
James cited the "Iraqi army, the Free Syrians and
the Kurds" as forces to support in the fight against
Ok so first - and we're not going to go
into the whole story here because we've covered it exhaustively -
these two things are not compatible and someone in The
Pentagon needs to explain the contradiction:
The U.S. has moved A10 jets from Kuwait and
tankers from Qatar
to Turkey's Incirlik Air Base
James cited the "Iraqi army, the
Free Syrians and the Kurds"
You can't fly from Incirlik in support
of troops fighting with the Kurds. It won't work. Erdogan will lose
Someone in Washington needs to explain why the US thinks
But more importantly,
note that James mentions "occupying
[and] governing territory."
Who said anything about "occupying and
Does the US now intend to "occupy and govern" Syria even
as the Russians and Iranians expand their campaign?
Finally, what's this about "years"?
It seems to us that James is saying the
US needs to invade Syria in an Iraq-style takeover bid.
will go splendidly, but again the silver lining is that starting
World War III will be a boon for the MIC, which means the economy
will rebound in short order.