Now that Hagel is out, and the bombing of ISIS is clearly not producing the desired results, the next step will undoubtedly be more boots on the ground, because
Assad ISIS must be removed, and only a ground force of significant size can accomplish this goal… maybe.
Despite all efforts by the US-led coalition, the Islamic state is still going strong. That is the awkward message US propagandists face from no lessor boots on the ground witness than Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem. “All the indications say that (Islamic State) today, after two months of coalition air strikes, is not weaker,” Walid al-Moualem emphasized, contrasting the US ‘coalition’ military efforts with a Russian call for restarting the political process between Damascus and ‘the constructive Syrian opposition’. Now that certainly is not a message the west wants the world to hear.
Via Sputnik News:
Although the US-led coalition has conducted about 300air strikes in Syria since September, it has evidently failed to weaken the Islamic State, stated Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem.
“All the indications say that (Islamic State) today, after two months of coalition air strikes, is not weaker,” Walid al-Moualem emphasized in an interview with the Beirut-based Al Mayadeen TV broadcast, as quoted by Reuters.
The Syrian Foreign Minister stressed that the terrorists will not be totally destroyed unless Turkey maintained close control over its borders with Syria.
“If the Security Council and Washington do not force Turkey to control its borders then all of this action will not eliminate (Islamic State),” Moualem said, pointing to the fact that foreign jihadists are entering the country across the Syrian-Turkish border, which stretches over 560 miles. Turkey, however, “has strongly denied accusations it has supported militant Islamists, inadvertently or otherwise, in its enthusiasm to help Syrian rebels topple Assad,” the Guardian notes.
In the last year we have moved from Syria/Assad regime change, to Ukraine regime change, to Russia is evil meme, to the rise of ISIS, to Ebola pandemic, back to ISIS, back to Assad regime change, back to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and now back to ISIS with perhaps an escalation?
It’s exhausting just keeping up with all the war / war mongering / fear mongering, etc…