There are interesting reports that the US deployed about 100 Army Rangers in Syria, without consulting the UN-recognized government of Syria. That’s technically illegal (breaking international law) in addition to being a bad idea.
If fighting ISIS is the goal, then it would make sense to partner with the forces (Syrian and Russian) making the most successful advances against ISIS in recent months.
Instead, the US will coming at ISIS from the side of “US-backed local forces,” an amorphous blob of anti-Assad rebels who include many jihadists (always have for the past six years). Somehow, the reality on the ground changes before it gets to White House and Defense Department briefing rooms. So Washington is making its decisions based on misinformation and propaganda.
This also raises the question: What is the real American end-game in Syria? Is it the defeat of ISIS or is it the overthrow of Pres. Assad?
It is hard to say because US policy is determined by various interests: White House, the State Department, the Department of Defense, the CIA, etc…
There is also the “deep state,” which is a term recently misused by the White House Press Secretary. This term does not refer to Obama administration holdovers burrowing themselves into government; it refers to the enduring workings of blue-blooded secret societies, death cults, ethnic mafias, and other related factions who are tecnically outside government but with one foot inside it, and who shape policy mostly via blackmail, threats, and intimidation (if asking nicely first does not work).
To my way of thinking, the deep state has duped or suckered a critical mass of the visible state to deploy 100 Americans in Syria. These forces can now be used as bait, which is one option. When American blood is spilled, fingers can be pointed to the Syrian regime. And then the wheels of the global media complex will turn, with a supposedly “nationalist” administration doing the heavy pushing.
The smarter option would be to let Syria and Russia finish off ISIS, as they appear to be months away from securing the entire country. Then the US would enter with large-scare infrastructural reconstruction packages, and with thousands of engineers, builders and technicians. That would really buy the US some political capital in the Middle East.
Instead, we have just more of the same policies that got us into trouble since 2003. Meantime, the Alt-Right media (mostly controlled opposition) is either silent on this Syrian deployment or waving the pom-poms. Infowars went ballistic when Obama sent some military advisors into Syria. Not this time.
A recent quote from Pres. Assad:
“Any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission, they are invaders, whether they are American, Turkish, or any other one. And we don’t think this is going to help. What are they going to do? To fight ISIS? The Americans lost nearly every war. They lost in Iraq, they had to withdraw at the end. Even in Somalia, let alone Vietnam in the past and Afghanistan, your neighboring country. They didn’t succeed anywhere they sent troops, they only create a mess; they are very good in creating problems and destroying, but they are very bad in finding solutions.”