Syria’s Assad is like Hitler. So said Secretary of State John Kerry in September 2013.
Now the U.S. government is about to bail him out in his civil war against ISIS.
Three decades ago Saddam Hussein was an ally of the USA.
It’s odd. Hitler here. Hitler there. Now we see him. Now we don’t.
The American public of course doesn’t care. Assad or no Assad; it’s not our fight. But the foreign policy elite that runs this country cares deeply. These people want to see the government of the U.S. dominant in the Middle East. We are supposed to call the shots.
Of course, the U.S keeps calling different shots.
A year ago, Kerry spoke of a “Munich Moment” with Syria.
So, the United States government will not withdraw from the region. It will determine which faction wins and which loses, and on what terms. Except the government keeps changing its collective mind about who the good guys are, and who the bad guys are.
Assad needs a victory over ISIS. Obama plans to give it to him, free of charge.
And so, we read this on Fox News.
The U.S. reportedly has begun flying surveillance drones over Syria days after President Obama authorized their use.
The Associated Press reported that the flights had begun Tuesday, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militants based in northern Syria. On Monday, the Syrian regime demanded that the U.S. seek permission before launching any airstrikes on its territory against Islamic State targets.
The U.S. began launching strikes against the Islamic State inside Iraq earlier this month, with Obama citing the threat to American personnel in the country and a humanitarian crisis in the north as his rationale. Top Pentagon officials have told the AP that the only way the threat from the militants can be fully eliminated is to go after the group inside neighboring Syria as well.
A senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that Obama this weekend authorized the use of drone surveillance over Syria for the first time.
Lest this be seen for what it obviously is — a bailout of Assad — the Administration is careful to call it something else. This is intrusive surveillance. It is not protective surveillance. Fox News notes:
The action is considered the first “intrusive” surveillance by the U.S. in Syria since the country’s civil war began. This differs from protective surveillance, such as the U.S. used in the failed mission to rescue American hostages held in Syria.
Next, there will be intrusive airstrikes to wipe out ISIS, not protective airstrikes to save Assad.
You may think this: “If we bomb ISIS, we help Assad. If we bomb Assad, we help ISIS.” The Obama Administration will of course deny such logic. It will be fun to see how this is done.