"What we would like to see is for the FSA and the forces that we will
ultimately generate, train and equip to become the credible force that the
Assad government ultimately has to acknowledge and recognize. There is not
going to be a military solution here [in Syria]. We have to create so much credibility within the moderate Syrian opposition at a political level . . . that they earn their spot at the table when the time comes for the political solution. Now,
there could be FSA elements that ultimately clash with the regime, that may
well be the case, as they seek to defend themselves and those areas that they
dominate and as they seek to defend their families and their ways of life . . .
it could be an outcome. But the intent is not to create a field force to
liberate Damascus—that is not the intent. The intent is that in the political
outcome, they [the moderate Syrian opposition] must be a prominent—perhaps the preeminent voice—at the table to ultimately contribute to the political outcome that we seek." Allen
Sweet 'Issa! Has anyone run this "plan" by Lord Palmerston or Marshal Lyautey? They actually knew something about colonial strategery. So, we are going to make the phantom unicorn army of the FSA into something that will "earn its place at the table," and be "perhaps the preeminent voice" in the "political outcome that we seek." Marvelous! That should take a few decades but after that a mere ten or fifteen thousand US combat troops in real units (infantry, armor, aviation, etc.) will suffice to make it stick. Maybe we could create ethnic/sect pure Syrian colonial units who would police the "peace." What do the marines here say about this guy? Is he another polished staffie like Perfect Peter Pace? PL
“Based on past conflicts,” said one senior American military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss delicate intelligence assessments, the missiles “are game changers out there.”
The proliferation of antiaircraft weaponry has also heightened concerns about the vulnerability of Iraq’s airports, particularly Baghdad International Airport, the country’s most important transportation hub and a lifeline for military supplies and reinforcements to Iraq.