Trump May Send Up To 50,000 Troops To Syria

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Trump May Send Up To 50,000 Troops To Syria

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

It appears that Mike Cernovich, who earlier this week wrote that Trump’s national security advisor, Gen. H.R.McMaster, was planning on sending as many as 150,000 troops to Syria, may have been right again. According to Bloomberg commentator Eli Lake, who has now made a habit of confirming Cernovich “conspiracy theories” (he did so previously with the Susan Rice scoop), Trump may be on the verge of escalating the proxy war in Syria by sending anywhere between 10,000 and 50,000 troops on the ground, and – if Cernovich is indeed correct – as much as three times more.

Per Lake, after U-turning on attacking Syria last week and on a variety of economic policies yesterday, the Donald Trump’s “biggest foreign policy surprise may be yet to come.” Specifically, he says that McMaster, has been quietly pressing his colleagues to question the underlying assumptions of a draft war plan against the Islamic State that would maintain only a light U.S. ground troop presence in Syria.” McMaster’s critics inside the administration say he wants to send tens of thousands of ground troops to the Euphrates River Valley. His supporters insist he is only trying to facilitate a better interagency process to develop Trump’s new strategy to defeat the self-described caliphate that controls territory in Iraq and Syria.”

To be sure, there have been ground troops, typically special forces, in Syria since 2014, when Barack Obama famously flipflopped on his own promise of “no more boots on the ground”, first in Iraq and then the broader region.  However, the U.S. presence on the ground has been much smaller and quieter than more traditional military campaigns, particularly for Syria. As Lae puts it, “It’s the difference between boots on the ground and slippers on the ground.”

Well, the boots are coming, even if that means Trump gets to flip on yet another promise: Trump told Fox Business this week that that would not be his approach to fighting the Syrian regime: “We’re not going into Syria,” he said.

According to Gen. McMaster “we are”, and it’s only a matter of time.

As Lake explains, McMaster himself has found resistance to a more robust ground troop presence in Syria. In two meetings since the end of February of Trump’s national security cabinet, known as the principals’ committee, Trump’s top advisers have failed to reach consensus on the Islamic State strategy. The White House and administration officials say Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford and General Joseph Votel, who is in charge of U.S. Central Command, oppose sending more conventional forces into Syria.

An interesting aside: according to a Lake source, Stephen Bannon had “derided” McMaster to his colleagues as trying to start a new Iraq War. Bannon’s opposition to yet another US conflict – one which would have the clear goal of replacing the Assad regime – may explain why the former Breitbart head is on his way out.

* * *

So where in the process is the McMaster “ground war” plan currently? Lake reports that it is still in its early stages.

Because Trump’s national security cabinet has not reached consensus, the Islamic State war plan is now being debated at the policy coordinating committee, the interagency group hosted at the State Department of subject matter experts that prepares issues for the principals’ committee and deputies’ committee, after which a question reaches the president’s desk for a decision.

Of course, following the recent cleansing of the NSC as per McMaster himself, which kicked out such skeptics as Bannon, whatever the new national security advisor wants, is what he will get.

And what he wants, based on the preliminary information, is a land war.

Inside the Pentagon, military leaders favor a more robust version of Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State. This has been a combination of airstrikes and special operations forces that train and support local forces… McMaster however is skeptical of this approach. To start, it relies primarily on Syrian Kurdish militias to conquer and hold Arab-majority territory. Jack Keane, a retired four-star Army general who is close to McMaster, acknowledged to me this week that the Kurdish forces have been willing to fight the Islamic State, whereas Arab militias have primarily fought against the Assad regime.

Keane told Lake he favored a plan to begin a military operation along the Euphrates River Valley. “A better option is to start the operation in the southeast along the Euphrates River Valley, establish a U.S. base of operations, work with our Sunni Arab coalition partners, who have made repeated offers to help us against the regime and also ISIS. We have turned those down during the Obama administration.”

That particular plan would require an initial force of 10,000 troops:

Keane added that U.S. conventional forces would be the anchor of that initial push, which he said would most likely require around 10,000 U.S. conventional forces, with an expectation that Arab allies in the region would provide more troops to the U.S.-led effort.

With time, however, the number will grow dramatically:

White House and administration officials familiar with the current debate tell me there is no consensus on how many troops to send to Syria and Iraq. Two sources told me one plan would envision sending up to 50,000 troops. Blogger and conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich wrote on April 9 that McMaster wanted 150,000 ground troops for Syria, but U.S. officials I spoke with said that number was wildly inflated and no such plan has been under consideration.

While McMaster has not disclosed in public whether he supports a ground troop offensive, on Sunday in an interview with Fox News, McMaster gave some insights into his thinking on the broader strategy against the Islamic State. “We are conducting very effective operations alongside our partners in Syria and in Iraq to defeat ISIS, to destroy ISIS and reestablish control of that territory, control of those populations, protect those populations, allow refugees to come back, begin reconstruction,” he said.

According to Lake, “that’s significant” as Obama never said the goal of the U.S. intervention in Iraq and Syria was to defeat the Islamic State, let alone to protect the population from the group and begin reconstruction.

Those aims are much closer to the goals of George W. Bush’s surge strategy for Iraq at the end of his second term, under which U.S. conventional forces embedded with the Iraqi army would “clear, hold and build” areas that once belonged to al Qaeda’s franchise.

There is another reason why McMaster is for US ground presence in Syria.

As a young colonel serving in Iraq, he was one of the first military officers to form a successful alliance with local forces, in Tal Afair, to defeat the predecessor to the Islamic State, al Qaeda in Iraq.  During the Iraq War, McMaster became one of the closest advisers to David Petraeus, the four-star general who led the counter-insurgency strategy in Iraq that defeated al Qaeda in Iraq — and brought about a temporary, uneasy peace there.  That peace unraveled after Obama withdrew all U.S. forces from Iraq at the end of 2011. Obama himself never apologized for that decision, even though he had to send special operations forces back to Iraq in the summer of 2014 after the Islamic State captured Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. He argued that U.S. forces in Iraq would have been caught up inside a civil war had they stayed.

* * *

The cadre of former military advisers to Petraeus took a different view. They argued that America’s abandonment of Iraq gave the Shiite majority there a license to pursue a sectarian agenda that provided a political and military opening for the Islamic State. An active U.S. presence in Iraq would have restrained those sectarian forces. One of those advisers was H.R. McMaster.

What was unsaid in Lake’s piece, is that the real aim of any US ground assault would be to remove the Assad regime and “destabilize” the Middle-Eastern region, something both Rex Tillerson and Sean Spicer hinted at over the past week. That, in itself, would be considered a clear act of war, even if there is no formal declaration by Congress. It would also prompt a ground troop response by not only Assad but also Russia.

As Lake concludes, “it’s now up to Trump to decide whether to test the Petraeus camp’s theory or try to defeat the Islamic State with a light footprint in Syria. Put another way, Trump must decide whether he wants to wage Bush’s war or continue Obama’s.”

The real conclusion, however, is different: it is now up to Goldman to decide whether to advise Trump to risk starting World War III in Syria by sending some 50,000 “boots on the ground” to start, a number which will only grow in direct proportion with the casualties that emerge as this proxy world war enters its final, most destrucive phase.

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  • Ryszard Ewiak

    Jesus once said: “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled: for these things must needs come to pass; but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:6) For now we can sleep in peace. Nuclear global war is inevitable, like death, but not yet. When and how will this happen? Let me remind here a fragment of an ancient vision: “And [the king of the north] will go back (to) his land with great wealth [1945. This detail indicated that Hitler will attack also the Soviet Union and will fight to the bitter end. In the beginning there were no signs of such the ending of this war]; and his heart (will be) against the holy covenant [Soviet Union introduced state atheism]; and will act [it means activity in the international arena]; and turned back to his own land [1991-1993. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. Russian troops returned to their country]. At the appointed time [he] will return back [it also means the breakup of the European Union and NATO], and will enter into the south [this can be Georgia], but it will not be as the former [2008 – Georgia] or as the latter [Ukraine], for the dwellers of coastlands of Kittim [USA, in the beginning without Britain] will come against him, and he will be dejected, and will go back.” (Daniel 11:28-30a)

    What will induce the “king of the north” to enter into the south? Jesus said: “For nation will rise against nation”, as in 2008, and then …

    Moses writes: “But ships from the direction of Kittim [US Navy], and will afflict Asshur [Russia] and will afflict Eber [remaining enemies, including Iran and China].” (Numbers 24:24a) It will be suicidal mission. This armada will not return home. (Numbers 24:24b)

    This will be a nuclear war. (Revelation 6:4) “A great sword” in this context means a nuclear sword. However, it will be neither “the end of the world” (Armageddon). As Jesus foretold, it will be “the beginning of birth pains”. (Matthew 24:7, 8)

    In 1882 British troops occupied Egypt. Great Britain then took the role of “the king of the south”. Around the same time, Russia expanded its influence in the region, which previously belonged to Seleucus I Nicator, and took the role of “the king of the north”. (Daniel 11:27)

    All the details of this vision are being fulfilled from the time of ancient Persia, in chronological order. It is true that this vision is variously interpreted. As one can see, it has a lot of details. Therefore the insightful person is able to detect any error or sophistry. (Daniel 11:33; 12:10)

    • John Mason

      If God was real then none of this would have ever happened. Suggest you keep your religious faith to yourself.

      • pao

        False, this is man’s doing, not God’s… an abuse of human free will.

        • John Mason

          what God and who’s God? You are right, it is man’s doing.

          • pao

            Only because you asked…the God, that humans have expressed in words, misunderstood through ignorance, witnessed through experience, and is understood and known according to the degree sought and by one’s spiritual evolution.

          • John Mason

            Unfortunately religion has shown to be the root of all evil. Best is to be an atheist.

          • pao

            Unfortunately religion is often distorted to be used as a tool or excuse to support human weaknesses which can often lead to evil action. Belief and one’s relationship with God (for those that have one) is not dependent upon and can be independent of religion. Best (for you) to be atheist, as you said… Everyone travels their existence according to his/her own understanding.

        • John Smith

          Good Joke; it’s God when it suits you, and man when it doesn’t.

          • pao

            Just because God allows things to happen–through our free will–that does not, therefore, make the action God’s will.

    • Anthony Papagallo

      Jesus is dead dude, its called ‘the internet’ now.

  • King_GeorgXIII

    And what does russia do about it?

    • John Mason

      watch from a distance as they have been doing for quite some time.

      • pao

        I hope the change that pattern, and defend Syria…They have to know they are targeted as well and if Syria falls the West’s insane lust for war marches closer to their boarders.

        • John Mason

          Hope so. This is what makes the whole conflict so dubious with all the double dealing and so on. Russia has to keep Syria intact, strategic reasons and for its’ own security. How they plan to do it is a mystery, unless they are going to somehow force the UN to uphold its’ Charter.

          • Jonathan Cohen

            Both Russia and US can live with YPG bringing abortion rights to all Syria.

    • Bill Wilson

      Russia will stay busy in Western Syria and let the SDF/US eliminate Daesh in the east and the Syria Desert.

      • dutchnational

        There is still the small problem of DeirezZor. Letting the app. 100.000 civilians be overrun by IS just seems a bit callous.

        Time for a “great” deal?

        • Jonathan Cohen

          YPG can relieve them, and bring abortion rights.

          • dutchnational

            Condoms over food?

          • Jonathan Cohen

            food can never end hunger, because food is inherently finite and population potentially infinite. Therefore only abortion rights can end hunger, or war. Once abortion rights have been established, condoms are easy.

          • dutchnational

            Posed like this, I agree. The Mena is way overpopulated and population growth has far outstripped the growth of agriculture and economy in general. What Mena needs is either a one child policy like they had in China or a volontary reduction like they had in Iran and Turkey.

          • Jonathan Cohen

            Turkey included abortion rights, Iran didn’t.

  • John Mason

    If this is true, then Syria is lost, can’t fight the terrorists and the US the same time. fatal mistake was to allow US bases to be set up and also by not destroying the treacherous Kurds.

    • Trustin Judeau

      Russia should have intervened earlier in the war .

      • Daniel Castro

        This looks like a bluff to me, if true this could backlash at home, and it might turn whole ME on flames, USA might find himself in another vietnam situation, the situation is very unpredictable!

        • Solomon Krupacek

          i think it is ni blluff. and will be no vietnam.

        • Dustil schmit

          When mosul is finished, which is almost done he can start to redeploy since mopping operations will be the only thing left in iraq.

          • Bill Wilson

            Yep. They’ll be sent to the SW and start rolling up both sides of river into Syria while the SDF starts pushing Daesh south above Deir Azzor.

        • javier

          yes the goal is to turn the middle east to flames. Backlash, from who? This country is 95% controlled by state media , any countering opinion will be quashed. The build up will be incremental so harder for Russia to respond, when satan has 100,000 troops on the ground it might be too late for a response.

        • John Whitehot

          USA has been in a Vietnam situation since 2001 with their invasions of Irak and A-Stan, but the public opinion does not seem too impressed by the casualties. It’s not the 70ies anymore,in those years people were much more aware of what was going on. And there was no internet or cable tv and so on.

          • Jonathan Cohen

            Not much truth on cable, just internet.

          • John Whitehot

            ye sure, the truths you can find on da internet these days

      • Solomon Krupacek

        you were against, too

      • Thegr8rambino

        better late than never i guess

      • VGA

        Earlier they had the problems in Ukraine/Crimea, where they had to intervene unofficially to enable the separatists to win the war. It would be too much if they simultaneously intervened in Syria then.

      • Percival

        At the beginning. Quite frankly, they should have stopped Gaddhafi from being toppled and the terrorism in Syria might not have ever happened.

        • Jonathan Cohen

          The west didn’t bring abortion rights to Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya. Russia should have and still should.

    • Dustil schmit

      You experience treachery after trusting the turks over the kurds. Start pointless conflicts waste troops/equipment when alqaeda is still in illbid is not smart.

      • John Mason

        Syria will end up fighting the Kurds anyway.

        • Dustil schmit

          Ha Russia would not back that. Iran might not either because that only pleases the turks.

          • John Mason

            Why not. Have a look at the map and you will see that the far eastern section of Syria and the far northern area of Iraq coincide with the US plans of partitioning Syria for the gas/oil pipe line straight to Turkey. Those areas are controlled by the Kurds. Russia and Iran with Syria have no intentions of breaking up Syria. Why do you think the US are their?

          • Bill Wilson

            There’s already pipelines running up to Turkey from Iraq. The Syrian oil fields have been petering out and don’t have much left in reserve. What’s left can be used by Syria after some ruined refineries have been rebuilt to fully process their very heavy sour crude into quality finished products. Bashar;s daddy never bothered to install cracking units that turned crappy distllate into quality gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

          • Dustil schmit

            They don’t need Syria for a pipeline to go through Turkey, you act like Iraq has no border with Turkey. Do you think the kurds are that dumb to want a state that you have hostile turkey up north and hostile syria down south and turkish puppet iraq kurdish state next door that dislike them.

          • Jonathan Cohen

            YPG, US and Russia can bring abortion rights to the whole middle East, even back to Israel.

          • Jonathan Cohen

            Kurds will crush ISIS, HTS, then Assad with help from US, Russia, and abortion rights!

    • dutchnational

      Another advocate for genocide found.

      Btw, kurds have betrayed whom?

      The Assad regime that denied they even existed? The Assad regime that ethnically cleansed part of their lands, that took away their nationality, treated their lands as an internal colony?

      Or the Saddam regime that gassed them and did all the afore mentioned?

      Or the turks that until a few years ago denied they existed and is bombing them till this day?

      • John Mason

        pee off you moron.

        • dutchnational

          Right. I’ll pi*s on any ignorant namecaller.

          • John Mason

            I don’t resort to name calling. Use adjectives as a form of description, another is maggot.

      • IH8Lies

        The Assyrians.

      • Jonathan Cohen

        Plus Assad and Saddam attacked their abortion rights. Now with the US AND Russia, YPG can take abortion rights all the way from Islamabad to Luanda!

        • dutchnational

          Wow.

    • Brad Isherwood

      Putin/Lavrov not really protesting the Turk occupation zone prompted me to search
      The net ,..discovering the Rand partition map, …there is also A Brookings partition/safe
      Zone version.
      I think Russia has already conceeded to this…probably going in fall of 2015 was to
      Was to enter into their partition portion.
      Have wondered why Russia waited so many years before entering into the Syrian crisis.
      Putin has frustrated Empire by saying Syrians should decide Assad leadership.
      Empire being easily offended about its image has of late demanded Assad must go,
      And that Empire gets to destroy everywhere they go.
      Netanyahu wants his safe zone with US boots to occupy. ..
      That for sure places US near Hezbollah and IRGC.
      Jews will wring their hands in delight knowing this opens the door for blame
      Iran for Insurgency.
      Lavrov, Syria and Iran publish a demand …no more strikes on Syria.
      Empires response to this could be telling for what tempo of occupation occurs in
      Syria.

      • Percival

        Iran needs to step up and put massive troops or the Iraqi PMFs into E. Syria or they will be done for probably by 2018! There is no deal making or sweet talking that is going to work. Israel wants Iran destroyed and it’s going to happen one way or another. Better to take a stand in Syria then wait for the Arab “coalition” troops to be on Iran’s borders. Also, if Russia backs off because it believes the US will drop the sanctions or lessen troops in E. Europe, then it deserves it’s fate. They have been lied to over and over and keep trusting people who want Putin regime changed!

        • Brad Isherwood

          IRGC in Syria have been light weight,
          PMU have done well, …lack quality equipment ..and Airpower with forward controllers.
          IRAN has tested some in Iraq/Syria…yet it seems Yemen is getting the higher level
          Weapons to operate.
          Hezbollah has not really gone after Israel in a determined way.
          Numerous IAF attacks /assassinations,….they have taken the hits and gestured
          A bit via their media.
          Hezbollah and IRGC had better get their A game on…as Israel and US will
          Clobber them.
          Hezbollah and IRGC will get opportunity to knock V 22 Osprey down.
          That outcome could hurt the V 22 operations scope.
          US wants to swing it around and be Big Ego….
          Iran has to step up and face things in Syria and East Iraq as you comment.
          They need to get some devious mind into their field command,
          Really bust the US and GCC up….when opportunity arrives.

          • Bill Wilson

            Iran isn’t going to do jack against the US nor commit more troops in Syria. Supporting troops during a shooting war costs tons of money and Iran needs that back home to rebuild their neglected infrastructure and factories that went to pot over the years sanctions were in place.
            Hezbollah has become much weaker due to casualties and deaths (over 10%). They have a few units engaged at the front and the majority now stationed at towns/villages along the Lebanese border where there’s no fighting.

          • Brad Isherwood

            >>>Iran isn’t going to do jack against the US nor commit more troops in Syria.

            That will be disappointing to US
            US…as Empires seek conflict…on the Historic model of aquiring area/ submission.

            What will Murder Inc do then?

          • Jonathan Cohen

            Hit the Saudis all you want, most american’s will cheer!

        • Jonathan Cohen

          Most Americans would cheer if Russia bombed Saudi Arabia like Trump promised. Fewer, but still many Americans would cheer Iran for doing so. We certainly wish Russia had stayed in Afghanistan long enough to prevent 9/11.

    • Real Anti-Racist Action

      It’s up to us to stop this…
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD04F2c6bec

  • Solomon Krupacek

    so, it is coming, what i predicted. for hasitating policy of putin russia will completely lose syria.

    • Bill Wilson

      Russia was only interested in hanging onto their naval base when they stepped in. Things have become more complicated since then.

      • Solomon Krupacek

        i have in my pc specches of putin. he told several tuimes something else then you. ;)

    • Jonathan Cohen

      YPG will protect Russian bases etc. when they bring abortion rights to the whole region with Russian help!

  • El Diablo

    USA can invade north Syria, but not control it. This will be a Iraq-Afghanistan 2.0 :D

    • Jonathan Cohen

      YPG can, and bring abortion rights!

  • dutchnational

    While in this amazing civil war nothing can be ruled out, it seems unlikely.

    I would however expect some stiffening up on the attack on Raqqah and maybe one or two US brigades of armoured infantry and more fire power and heavy arms to SDF.

    In case of a possibly failed attack on Raqqah, things might change. Were DeZ to fall or be about to fall, things might change too.

    • John Mason

      not a civil war. Educate yourself, try googling ‘civil war’ and save yourself the embarrassment.

      • dutchnational

        Yes did. This is a civil war with outside intervenant forces.

        Asadists vs IS vs Isamists vs secular kurds and allies. All parties have outside supporters and proxy armed forces.

        Maybe you should use google yourself and do not be an arrogant a*s.

        • John Mason

          still trying to appear intelligent? Keep trying but give it a few more years to assure that you develop beyond the embryo stage.

          • tyta75

            О Великие Боги Американцы научите нас жить
            Без вас не справляемся столько веков

          • John Mason

            Translates to this:
            O Great Gods Americans teach us to live Without you can not cope for so many centuries.
            What sort of garbage is this? Makes no sense.

        • John Mason

          A yank pretending to belong to a higher order the Dutch. Obviously you do not know how to google.

          • dutchnational

            See, that why its you that is ignorant. Cannnot even distinguish between an american and a dutchman. Your statement about Dutch being of a higher order then an american is something I leave to you. In my opinion, people are equal.

          • John Mason

            not in you case.

      • Bill Wilson

        Not a civil war? Civil wars are when a country’s citizens start fighting each other to take control of the government or to seize territory from each other.

        • dutchnational

          Bill, John thinks you are ignorant when you disagree with him. And then he starts namecalling. It sounds like he has a communication deficiency.

  • Sadde

    It will just not happen!

    • Nexusfast123

      You sure about that. The world is owned and run psychopaths.

      • Sadde

        Psychopaths are usually not idiots, although Trump may rather be attributed the latter.
        But surely I’m not as certain as I was before Al-Shayrat bombing.
        As I see it none of involved countries can afford an World War and US cant afford this kind of mobilization. Hence none of them want starting anything to big.
        (although it seems that some want bigger countries starting it, e.g. Turkey, Israel and UK do not mind to US geting messy)

  • gold37

    It’s a bluff, Trump just wants to make sure people know the difference from his administration to the last. At the end, closed doors negotiations would be the key, when he took over, US was in no position to negotiate. It’s a game of chess, just lives involved, the sad part.

    • javier

      except look how easily they pulled off all these wars in the last 20 years , no they are going in that’s for certain

      • gold37

        This is a totally different era and situation. US is just trying to gain control. wait and see, the 50,000 + solders won’t go!

  • hvaiallverden

    Yeah, one have to wounder what is really going on.

    The sheer level of cowardliness, compliance and rotten propaganda is so massive, and the second thing is the counter measures, that is non existing, like the hole shit is an insane theater of absurdity and contradictions so massive I am slack jawed this nonsense is even possible in the year of the lord 2017. aka the “gas attack”.
    Dysfunctional and even when they know we know they lie about everything all the time, the theater still endures.

    The Chines simply fell on their knees, never seen then fall this fast before, and then to try an save face, makes it just more bizarre, the fact that Russia haven’t kicked out Exxon/Halliburton (or any of the big ones, whom is backed by wankees whom wants to destroy your lands, that makes them complaints to treason) makes me wounder, what sacrifice is been made, frankly the entire theater is bad for the Syrians and NKs people.
    I read miles of comments, but non of the have or debates why, what reason, have they done something, tell us, because so far I haven’t read jack shit, incl even Iran.
    But hey, yeah Trump says so, and suddenly even in Norway the rotten MSM is drooling in anticipation of ever more wars, why, yeah we know why, because the uISISa says so, and the Brits, hangs around their skirts.

    My biggest disappointment is the Chines, tsk, tsk, tsk.
    You think this will change anything, Trump would change anything, the MSM would change anything, then Chines I am sorry for been witnessing and watching the downfall of China.
    Face or no face, you will fall.
    What is it, then, how is all this possible, blackmailing, huh, Zionazis, diversions only, I know whom.

    The Banks.
    All wars are bankers wars, the rest is just pawns, given some handful of silver coins and shining new toys and been just pathetic puppets of an evil regime what have had us by our very own balls for half an millennium, and you still dont get it do you.

    Why stick our heads out in an reality where everything seems pre-sett into something we have no idea of what, I only see the consequences of it, wars.
    The fact they all fall on their knees in front of the uISISa make me wanna puke, spineless mindless creeps.
    Witch leads me to the initial cause, cowardliness.

    Do enlighten me about if anything else is the cause.
    Imperialism is their tool, people like shit paper, and makes might to be an god, given right, just ask any wanker, from the Imperial banana republic uISISa.

    peace

  • Thegr8rambino

    russia should have stopped US from invading iraq in 2003, we wouldnt be in this mess now

    • Dustil schmit

      Would that stopped the Arab Spring from happening? Maybe maybe not, instead we could have saddam backing the rebels in Syria, or he might of gotten toppled in Iraq violently or peacefully. Replaced with another sisi type or be wartorn) It was unavoidable bound to happen US just rushed it if you ask me. Syria might of been invaded by Iraq to back the “rebels” who knows no one can ever predict the future.

      • Thegr8rambino

        no, if US just left the middle east alone, there would be no ISIS, no civil war in syria, none of that. i dont know what else would have happened, but surely those things would not have happened i dont think

        • Dustil schmit

          Middle east will never be peaceful even long after both US and Russia go in the pages of history. ISIS already existed before iraq invasion btw. Before US existed was middle east peaceful let me answer that NOPE.

          • Thegr8rambino

            yea right, when and where was isis before iraq?

  • chris chuba

    50,000 troops would be obvious overkill to defeat ISIS which is on the decline. This is to shore up the Sunni Al Qaeda coalition to take out Assad.

    • Percival

      Iran needs to put up troops to fill Eastern Syria before W. Iraq/E. Syria is occupied. If this happens, Syria is gone, Lebanon is gone, Iran is gone…Then Russia will be gone.

  • Abdul Majeed
  • Bill Wilson

    Somebody has to eliminate ISIS in Syria. The SAA lacks the manpower since they’re tied up in Western Syria.

  • John Brown

    50,000 USA troops, or as the racist supremacist Jew Henry kissinger refers to American soldiers “stupid animal beasts to die in our wars”, will not land or invade Syria. They would be incinerated by Russian tactical nuclear weapons long before then. I would really be surprised if any American army would follow such insane orders to die for Israel and to save ISIS and Al Cia Da and ensure their own certain death and that of their own country and people for the greater glory of a greater Israel. But I could be wrong.

  • DJ Double D

    SouthFront, don’t be silent here. We want to know what is Russia’s plan against the backdrop of this US Strategy. We are concerned that Russia doesn’t have a clear strategy for Syria. Can you help us connect with the Russia’s M of D and tell them hey Guys, our readers are worried that Syria is being lost. You need to send in thousands of troops now and start Cornering potential roads and prevent any deeper incursion into Syria land. Tell them that if they DON’T FORCEFULLY FIGHT FOR SYRIA, THEY WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR BASES EITHER. So the choice is theirs. Forcefully fight for Syria and be relevant in the Middle East or Not and face Humiliation.

  • Jonathan Cohen

    Send ALL US troops to Syria and therefore none for Poland or Korea. Crush ISIS with everything! and bring abortion rights!

  • tyta75

    actually, ISIS American mercenaries.How American troops can fight with them