What If Arming Syrian Proxies Doesn’t Work?

A new poll finds that 55 percent of registered voters want soldiers in Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS while 36 percent are opposed. Support is strongest among Republicans (71 percent vs. 44 percent for Democrats, and 52 percent for Independents) and self-described Tea Party supporters (74 percent vs. 38 percent).

As with most polls, the question asked leads to answers that beget more questions. What exactly would the U.S. military do to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria? What would it do that it is not doing already? How many troops? For how long?

  • BillyHW

    JV team.

    • Mannie

      The JV can score when the Varsity doesn’t take the field.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Our only reliable allies there are the Kurds. Our objectives should be limited to carving out safety zones for Christians and Yazidis and at least an autonomous region for the Kurds. Only that and nothing more.

    • V10_Rob

      I could get behind a mission limited to that. Otherwise forget it. Trying to endlessly weed out the jihadis from a population that hates us? We’re just p***ing into the ocean, accomplishing nothing.

      Build a wall around them and let them stay in the 7th century.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      You’d have to kick Turkey out of NATO to do that.
      Not a bad idea, anyways.

  • simus1

    American policy in the middle east is a complete shambles.
    Whether by error or intent remains to be seen.

  • Blacksmith

    My first thought is HELL no don’t waste any more Western blood on these savages. I then read a couple more comments (Norman and Rob) and I could support something like what Norman suggests. And they definitely need to be isolated from civilization.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The best way to ‘fix’ this is push for the Rwanda Solution.

  • Hard Little Machine

    And somehow Hillbag and Billbag are going to enforce a no-fly zone against the Russian Air Force including taking out their anti aircraft missiles batteries as required? What the fuck Island of The Crazies do they live on?

  • Mannie

    The problem is that we, or more specifically the Treasonous Criminal Zerobama, have ceded our role as hegemon of the Middle East, to Russia and Iran. Russia has combat forces on the ground and in the air. China is sending in ground troops. We have given away the initiative, and we are unlikely to get it back.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    What if?