February 22, 2016

The "Half Men" Who Run Saudi Arabia, Turkey, And Qatar: America, Please Take The Lead On Syria

 What happened to fighting your own fights? These fools should have realized by now that America won't be there when their fantasies to rule Syria come crashing down. It won't even be there when their own regimes come crashing down. So they should save what's left of their dignity and stop begging Washington for help because it is not coming.

An excerpt from, "Arab Leaders, Angry at Syrian President, Threaten Boycott of Summit Meeting" by Robert F. Worth, New York Times, March 8, 2008:
“The king really hates Assad, and he is looking to punish him, because Assad allegedly insulted him on a couple of occasions,” said Bernard Haykel, a professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University who specializes in Saudi affairs.
The king is also said to have been seriously offended when Mr. Assad, during the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, referred to other Arab leaders as “half men.” On that occasion and others, the Syrian president has used the broad popularity of Hezbollah’s armed struggle with Israel to burnish his own image, and to denigrate those of other Arab leaders.
An excerpt from, "The Saudi-Turkish bluff in Syria" by Paul Iddon, Rudaw, February 22, 2016:
Recent Saudi and Turkish talk about sending in ground forces may amount to just that, talk. As has long been the case with its calls for a no-fly zone and safe-zone in northern Syria since 2012 Ankara has always said it is ready and willing to intervene immediately after Washington takes the lead. The Saudis have declared that they have made the decision to deploy troops but will not do so until the U.S. goes in with them. Something which is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

And while both Ankara and Riyadh claim their recent readiness to intervene on the ground is to combat ISIS rapidly moving events on the ground in Syria make clear that their readiness is more likely rooted on halting and reversing the setbacks being afflicted against their allies as opposed to anything else. Additionally the nature of their recent posturing indicates that they are bluffing about such a move. Which will make their hand appear much weaker.
An excerpt from, "Saudi Arabia’s Dictator Demands Regime-Change in Syria — Otherwise WW III" by Eric Zuesse, Washington's Blog, February 20, 2016:
The Saudi Foreign Minister also says that his country is waiting for U.S. President Barack Obama to take the lead in forcing Assad to resign, because, he says, otherwise Assad will necessarily be overthrown in a war, and there is a possibility that World War III could result, though he also says, “I don’t think World War III is going to happen in Syria.” He even says that to talk about “the danger of World War III … is an over-dramatization,” because he expects America to lead in the overthrow of Assad. He’s waiting for Obama’s decision.
An excerpt from, "Turkey Is Asking The United States To Take Part In A Ground Invasion Of Syria" by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream, February 16, 2016:
I knew that Turkey was trying to round up support for overt military action, but I was stunned when I came across a mainstream news report today that publicly admitted that Turkey is asking the Obama administration to be part of a full-fledged ground invasion of Syria

Obviously Turkey would like the United States to take the lead role.  A full-blown ground invasion of Syria is a very risky thing, and it could easily spark World War 3.

So even though Turkey is chomping at the bit, they are hesitant to go it alone because they realize what the consequences could be.

The Saudis also seem hesitant to go ahead without the United States.