Why Trump’s Syria ‘Surge’ Will Fail

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Last week President Trump significantly escalated the US military presence in Syria, sending some 400 Marines to the ISIS-controlled Raqqa, and several dozen Army Rangers to the contested area around Manbij. According to press reports he will also station some 2,500 more US troops in Kuwait to be used as he wishes in Iraq and Syria.

Not only is it illegal under international law to send troops into another country without permission, it is also against US law for President Trump to take the country to war without a declaration. But not only is Trump’s first big war illegal: it is doomed to failure because it makes no sense.

President Trump says the purpose of the escalation is to defeat ISIS in Raqqa, its headquarters in Syria. However the Syrian Army with its allies Russia and Iran are already close to defeating ISIS in Syria. Why must the US military be sent in when the Syrian army is already winning? Does Trump wish to occupy eastern Syria and put a Washington-backed rebel government in charge? Has anyone told President Trump what that would to cost in dollars and lives – including American lives? How would this US-backed rebel government respond to the approach of a Syrian army backed up by the Russian military?

Is Trump planning on handing eastern Syria over to the Kurds, who have been doing much of the fighting in the area? How does he think NATO-ally Turkey would take a de facto Kurdistan carved out of Syria with its eyes on Kurdish-inhabited southern Turkey?

And besides, by what rights would Washington carve up Syria or any other country?

Or is Trump going to give up on the US policy of “regime change” and hand conquered eastern Syria back to Assad? If that is the case, why waste American lives and money if the Syrians and their allies are already doing the job? Candidate Trump even said he was perfectly happy with Russia and Syria getting rid of ISIS. If US policy is shifting toward accepting an Assad victory, it could be achieved by ending arms supplies to the rebels and getting out of the way.

It does not appear that President Trump or his advisors have thought through what happens next if the US military takes possession of Raqqa, Syria. What is the endgame? Maybe the neocons told him it would be a “cakewalk” as they promised before the 2003 Iraq invasion.

Part of the problem is that President Trump’s advisors believe the myth that the US “surge” in Iraq and Afghanistan was a great success and repeating it would being the victory that eluded Obama with his reliance of drones and proxy military forces. A big show of US military force on the ground – like the 100,000 sent to Afghanistan by Obama in 2009 – is what is needed in Syria, these experts argue. Rarely is it asked that if the surge worked so well why are Afghanistan and Iraq still a disaster?

President Trump’s escalation in Syria is doomed to failure. He is being drawn into a quagmire by the neocons that will destroy scores of lives, cost us a fortune, and may well ruin his presidency. He must de-escalate immediately before it is too late.

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  • SP_88

    For eight years Obama supported ISIS by sending them weapons, ammunition, artillery and money while simultaneously pretending to fight against them. All these bombs that were dropped in empty fields and abandoned buildings to make it appear as though he was fighting them were just a bunch of smoke and mirrors.
    And it was made even more obvious when the Russians came in and made a huge dent in ISIS terrorists in just a couple of weeks, after we were supposedly fighting against them for years and getting nowhere.
    Trump should be well aware of all this. And if he really wants to distance himself from the scandal that Obama was involved in, he should definitely avoid any military action that is anything like what Obama was up to over there. He doesn’t need to taint himself with any of the lies and deceit that Obama was obviously involved in.
    He should get our people out of the middle east and let it sink or swim on it’s own. The only real interest we have over there is the petrodollar arrangement. Other than that, we have no business being involved with anything else.

    • He won’t. He has to serve his Zionist overlords.

      • SP_88

        The agenda never changes. Trump is doing the same thing in the middle east that Obama was doing, and Bush did before him, etc. Clearly there is a shadow government that controls our government and tells our politicians what to do.
        Every few years we have elections to pick various politicians to hold office. And I do believe that we have an influence over who wins the election. And that’s the beauty of this illusion. It makes it look so real and so authentic. But the trick is that of the two candidates, either one is going to have the same agenda, for the most part. There may be a few differences, but the big picture doesn’t change.
        As long as the president follows the agenda they are told to follow, they are probably free to do whatever other little things they want to do. And if they don’t, they will end up like JFK. That’s pretty much how I see it.

        • Exactly. The ‘deep state’ is a term used to describe what we already knew years ago about how our government is being controlled.

  • Why is this fucking idiot thrusting us into a war we have nothing to do with? It’s just like Roosevelt and WW2 all over again.

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  • John C Carleton

    Syria did not invite USA federal Empire troops. That makes them international war criminals. That makes who ever sent them an international war criminal.

  • Yahu Savant

    He’s just feeding the military industrial complex like a good puppet!

  • TrevorD

    “President Trump’s escalation in Syria is doomed to failure”
    That would surely depend on the `end game` and indeed whether he actually knows what it is