Last night, the U.S. along with a handful of Arab countries commenced airstrikes against ISIS and al Qaeda strongholds in Syria. While this could prove to be a very positive development, I have my doubts. As such it leaves me with more questions than answers.
How long will the air campaign against ISIS and al Qaeda last? Obviously I don’t think the Obama Administration should be telegraphing that, but I can’t see them doing this for any length of time. American military involvement in Libya, such as it was, lasted seven months.
If the Obama Administration insists that there will be no U.S. troops on the ground will these Arab countries (i.e. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar) fill in the breach?
Assuming the answer to that question is no then how long would it take before ISIS & al Qaeda reconstitute after being “degraded”?
But if the answer is yes then would these countries assist Syrian rebels not only in dispatching ISIS and al Qaeda, but in overthrowing the Assad regime?
I cannot help but think that in the long run last night’s airstrikes will be, to quote Macbeth, “a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
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