America's endgame in Syria revealed

politics | Jun 20, 2017 | By Martin Barillas

Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that he believe that ISIS will be defeated within one year in both Raqqah (Syria) and Mosul (Iraq). Noting that geopolitical “maneuvering” to fill in the vacuum to be left by ISIS has already begun, Krauthammer said, “So what's going on right now in Syria is the maneuvering. The Iranians want to inherit the territory that is going to be lost by ISIS.” 
 
Krauthammer told Carlson on Monday, “And they showed that by launching rockets today over Iraq into Syria, ostensibly at ISIS…but really a really “a demonstration to Saudi Arabia, the Sunni Arabs, and everybody in the region, of their reach.” It was on Sunday night that Iran fired six missiles from Iranian soil at ISIS positions in eastern Syria. Krauthammer said wants to “have, inherit the territory of ISIS, which gives them control of the entire northern part of the Middle East, from Iran, through Iraq, through Syria, to the Mediterranean. The Persians have not had that in 2,000 years, and it is within their grasp.”
 
Iran, Russia, and Syria are “all on one side,” said Krauthammer. “And the maneuver is to make sure that they get the territory that ISIS loses. Our interest is to make sure that that doesn't happen. That’s why we attacked the forces of Assad, who are hitting our allies on the ground, who are the Kurds, and there are these Syrian rebels, who together with the Kurds, are closing in on Raqqah. “
 
Krauthammer was referring to a Syrian fighter jet that was shot down by a US Navy F-18 Super Hornet on Sunday. On Tuesday, news came that the US shot down an Iranian-made drone aircraft. “You were asking earlier, what is our objective in the region,” Krauthammer told Carlson. “It is simple. We don't want to see Assad have a puppet regime which will be run by Iran and Russia, in control of all of Syria. We don't want them to inherit the ISIS territory. We would like to see that held by pro-Western, pro-Saudi, Sunni forces.”
 
He went on to say, “And that would be -- one settlement would be that you get a rump regime in Damascus running the west side of Syria, essentially, whereas the middle of Syria is controlled by the rebels. That is a far … more advantageous strategic ending to all of this. This I think it's pretty high level chess.”

When Carlson asked, “So the two sides will co-occupy the country and not continue a civil war? Why wouldn't they be at war with each other perpetually forever?” Krauthammer responded, “They might be, except if Assad and the Russians decide the war is not winnable.” After noting that Syrian President Bashr al Assad belongs to the Alawite sect of Islam, which is “very much hated in the area,” Krauthammer said, “For it to control all of Syria perpetually is perpetual war -- it's not in the Russian interest. The Russians might accept a settlement in which there is a de facto division of the country into ethnic enclaves which would probably be, for the Syrian people and for us, the best outcome.” 
 

 



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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