This is a depressingly insightful analysis of what the Neocons have gotten us into in Syria:
The only remaining logical steps left for the US in Syria is to accept Russia’s terms or leave. The problem is that I am not at all convinced that the Neocons, who run the White House, Congress and the US corporate media, are “rational” at all. This is why the Russians employed so many delaying tactics and why they have acted with such utmost caution: they are dealing with professional incompetent ideologues who simply do not play by the unwritten but clear rules of civilized international relations. This is what makes the current crisis so much worse than even the Cuban Missile Crisis: one superpower has clearly gone insane.
Are the Americans crazy enough to risk WWIII over Aleppo?
Maybe, maybe not. But what if we rephrase that question and ask
Are the Americans crazy enough to risk WWIII to maintain their status as the “world’s indispensable nation”, the “leader of the free world”, the “city on the hill” and all the rest of this imperialistic nonsense?
Here I would submit that yes, they potentially are.
The Neocons are married to the idea that America must prevail in Syria regardless of cost or no one will take us seriously again. Why not? They have Continuity of Government bunkers to hide in when the nukes start to fall.
I don’t think it will come to that. A spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense this week said they know where our Special Forces guys are in Syria — you know, the “no boots on the ground” the president promised. If we escalate, Russia will likely start targeting airstrikes against the “moderate” rebels with Spec Ops troops embedded.
The United States is ominously close to war with a nation armed with advanced nuclear weapons. And our political and media elites are angsting over an alpha male (Trump) talking like an alpha male more than ten years ago. God save us.