U.S. Options in Syria Don’t Include Ground Troops

Writing in the Washington Post, neo-conservatives Reuel Gerecht and Ray Takeyh wrongheadedly propose to send U.S. ground troops to fight Iran and its proxies in Iran and Syria:

It is way past time for Washington to stoke the volcano under Tehran and to challenge the regime on the limes of its Shiite empire. This will be costly and will entail the use of more American troops in both Syria and Iraq. But if we don’t do this, we will not see an end to the sectarian warfare that nurtures jihadists. We will be counting down the clock on the nuclear accord, waiting for advanced centrifuges to come on line. As with the Soviet Union vs. Ronald Reagan, to confront American resolution, the mullahs will have to pour money into their foreign ventures or suffer humiliating retreat.

They’re nuts. The last thing the US should do is commit ground forces.

  • andycanuck

    The Washington Post. Every conservatives’ and Republican presidents’ best friend.

  • Shebel

    Unless, it is just to keep the War going at a slow and sensible pace—
    No ground troops.

  • Shebel

    It is amazing how arrogant we are—-

  • Jay Currie

    Special Forces guys to Raqqa… Snipers especially. Otherwise stay the Hell out. Missiles as required.

  • Shebel

    Pull everything out and let them all kill each other.
    There is a good article on Al Jazeera— which does a good job on describing how the war started—- and just how many Waring FACTIONS are there.
    There is no way to pick a side.
    It is not our war.

    If you really wanted to Save Lives— Just let them finish.

    The rest is Political Posturing.

    • FactsWillOut

      Come now, Shebel, we all know that the west and NATO = Saudi Arabia, as far as geopolitical interests are concerned.

      • ntt1

        why? the question has never been answered , we don’t need the energy yet they desperately need the revenue to payoff their corrupt house of sod.

    • ntt1

      I have always maintained we should be blind dropping skids of outdated and unstable munitions along with misleading directions in poor arabic. Scatter the drops throughout the arabic sandbox . sweaty dynamite and any faulty recalled or just plain worn out armaments would be sent plus spavined missiles incapable of clearing launch pads. retain the cream of the comedic crop to write confusing addendums to the koran, translate poorly and drop as leaflets. hilarity will ensue.

  • FactsWillOut

    If we send westerners there, then snowflakes may melt, and we can’t have that.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Trump ran on the platform of wiping out ISIS and checking Iran, so us voters can’t complain that we didn’t know what to expect. We have 7,000 troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria out to squash ISIS like the cockroaches they are. As for Iran, regime change is the way to go and given the unpopularity of the theocrats by the majority of Iranians, I feel this can be accomplished through subversion rather than by military ground forces.