Speaking of bass-ackwards, truculent policies, the editors of the Wall Street Journal are crestfallen at the advances being made by the Syrian Army with the assistance of Russia, Iran, et al.:
The Syrian disaster is becoming so painfully obvious that even members of the pro-Obama national security establishment are calling for the President to drop his let-it-burn policy. Veteran diplomats Nicholas Burns and James Jeffrey wrote last week in the Washington Post that the Syrian war “has metastasized into neighboring countries and the heart of Europe. It could destabilize the Middle East for a generation.” No kidding.
The duo called for more U.S. help for “the moderate Sunni and Kurdish forces” as well as “the creation of a safe zone in northern Syria to protect civilians, along with a no-fly zone to enforce it.” We wonder where these fellows were five years ago when we and Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham were calling for precisely these steps, but maybe they can shame Mr. Kerry at the next Council on Foreign Relations meeting.
Since neither the rebels nor DAESH have an air force, a “no-fly zone” can only pertain to the Syrian government. Given the present reality that the force they’re trying to prevent from flying is the Russians, it seems to me that trying to establish a “no-fly zone” now brinksmanship of the most extreme kind, giving provoking nuclear Armageddon the old college try.
To what end? There has never been a viable moderate opposition capable of governing a unified Syria or even participating in such a government. The opposition has always treated Sunni Arab domination of Syria as a precondition for the cessation of hostilities.
They are also assuming without evidence that Assad is completely lacking in support among Sunni Arabs. I know of only one way to determine that conclusively. How about an internationally-supervised election?