A pivotal fight in Syria. US AWOL per usual

Article Highlights

  • Qusayr is at the heart of fighting for control of routes into Damascus.

    Tweet This

  • What’s the US doing on Syria?

    Tweet This

  • Russia is delivering game-changing weaponry to Assad and stepping up patrols in waters off the Syrian coast.

    Tweet This

The fight now going on in the strategic city of Qusayr has already spilled over into neighboring Lebanon, where fighting between Alawites sympathetic to Bashar al Assad (himself an Alawite) are battling Sunnis who support the rebels in Syria. Three were killed in the last two days. Meanwhile, in Qusayr, dozens have died, another drop in the bucket of the tens of thousands dead in Syria.

Qusayr is at the heart of fighting for control of routes into Damascus – routes that could help the Assad regime turn the tide of war against the rebels. But a key point should not be lost upon those watching the battle for Syria: The rebels had made substantial progress in taking over Homs and the border town of Qusayr, but lost the initiative when reinforcements flowed in from the terror group Hezbollah. Iran and its proxies apparently realize the importance of this war, and have doubled down on regime forces. Meanwhile, the rebels are reportedly low on ammo, and worried about their ability to hold momentum if they lose a key lifeline to the Syrian capital.

What’s the US doing? Other than spying on journalists? Crawling through your taxes looking for ideological splittism from Obamajuche? The president is waiting on a conference sometime next month, another “dividend” from his Russia reset policy. Meanwhile, Russia is delivering game-changing weaponry to Assad and stepping up patrols in waters off the Syrian coast.

Wanna know how America ends up fighting messy conflicts? We do it when we allow a region of substantial strategic interest to us (Syria, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq) to spiral out of control. We do it when there are proxies who could fight and die, allowing us to help guide outcomes rather than become embroiled in battles afar, but we ignore them, or subcontract their management to extremists. Sound familiar? Were you alive in the 1980s and 1990s watching Iraq and Afghanistan? Right. Then you know.

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Danielle
Pletka

  • As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.


    Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011) and “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan” (AEI Press, 2012). Her most recent study, “America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East,” was published in January 2014.


     


    Follow Danielle Pletka on Twitter.


  • Phone: 202-862-5943
    Email: dpletka@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Alexandra Della Rocchetta
    Phone: 202-862-7152
    Email: alex.dellarocchetta@aei.org

What's new on AEI

image The Census Bureau and Obamacare: Dumb decision? Yes. Conspiracy? No.
image A 'three-state solution' for Middle East peace
image Give the CBO long-range tools
image The coming collapse of India's communists
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 21
    MON
  • 22
    TUE
  • 23
    WED
  • 24
    THU
  • 25
    FRI
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Graduation day: How dads’ involvement impacts higher education success

Join a diverse group of panelists — including sociologists, education experts, and students — for a discussion of how public policy and culture can help families lay a firmer foundation for their children’s educational success, and of how the effects of paternal involvement vary by socioeconomic background.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Getting it right: A better strategy to defeat al Qaeda

This event will coincide with the release of a new report by AEI’s Mary Habeck, which analyzes why current national security policy is failing to stop the advancement of al Qaeda and its affiliates and what the US can do to develop a successful strategy to defeat this enemy.

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Obamacare’s rocky start and uncertain future

During this event, experts with many different views on the ACA will offer their predictions for the future.   

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled today.
No events scheduled this day.