Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Recipe for Disaster

This news from Daily Kos today:

"Trump expected to double U.S. ground forces in Syria in coming weeks...The U.S. military has drawn up early plans that would deploy up to 1,000 more troops into northern Syria in the coming weeks, expanding the American presence in the country ahead of the offensive on the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, according to U.S. defense officials familiar with the matter. 

That's 1,000 in addition to the current 1,000, and comes as those troops are increasingly being asked to step in to prevent violence between our various semi-allied factions."

Can anyone imagine a situation more likely to end in disaster?  Other than having elected Trump to begin with, of course.  All of our painful experience in Vietnam and Iraq, washed down the drain by a President who probably knows nothing real about either of those military disasters, despite having lived through both of them.  Based on previous experience, my guess is that soon the number of troops will double, and then double again, and then we will be off to the races, caught up to our necks* in a conflict whose hope of a decent resolution is infinitesmal compared to Vietnam and Iraq.  Oh boy, I can hardly wait.

*And need I add that it is really hard to win a race when you are buried up to your neck.


Ed said...

I could be wrong, but it's possible that he's trying to clean up somebody else's mess.

Anonymous said...

possibly so. however, unless he somehow cons a bunch of other countries into supplying troops as well, he's limited in how many American troops he can send. Absent a new draft, the military has to rely solely on volunteers. How many are going to volunteer, knowing they'll be sent to Syria? Not many, I'd wager. The Republicans fought against a new draft during W's time, because they knew it would kill their party, they certainly won't institute it on their own.

Green Eagle said...

Ed, who are you suggesting made the mess? Just wondering.

And Anonymous, if things get really bad for Trump and he needs a big war to divert attention from his treasonous behavior, I have no doubt that the same Republican Congress that will steal food from old people and children to give to oil executives will reinstate the draft in a second. They may have fought a draft in W's time, but that already seems like ancient history (God, two months ago seems like ancient history these days,) and Republicans will do a lot of degraded things before they let their God-forsaken rule go up in smoke.