Friday October 30, 2015
"I will not put US boots on the ground in Syria." That was President Obama's unequivocal statement to the American people just two years ago when he first planned to bomb Syria. He has repeated the statement several times, as he has also repeated his promise that he "will not pursue a long air campaign" in Syria.
Obama lied. And he lied again. And he lied again today, when it was announced that he was putting US boots on the ground in Syria.
This move encapsulates neocon-occupied Washington's response to foreign policy failure: if an intervention is failing, escalate.
The year-long US bombing campaign to "degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS" has produced little result; the "train and equip" program produced a handful of fighters who immediately were captured by or defected to al-Qaeda and/or ISIS; US airdrops of weapons ended up in the hands of ISIS eight times out of ten, according to University of Oklahoma Syria expert Joshua Landis.
The solution to this failed policy is not to abandon the US regime change plans for Syria and let the Russians mop up the ISIS and al-Qaeda problem for us. No! The answer is to put US boots on the ground!