November 23, 2014—Four more years. Or more? The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, said that’s how long it could take to achieve victory in Syria. But he didn’t specify a plan.
From the article at Antiwar:
Gen. Dempsey himself has been recently pushing for major increases in the role of US ground troops in the war, suggesting it was time to start considering using them in offensive operations, particularly the retaking of Mosul.
Which is itself not even being attempted yet. The Pentagon is envisioning starting the counter-offensive against ISIS in a big way in Iraq in later 2015, and hasn’t begun the 12+ month process of trying to create a fighting force for inside Syria, which means that won’t begin in earnest until early 2016 at best.
Must be some fighting force Dempsey is envisioning to win in Syria by the end of 2018.
What would victory for the US in Syria look like to you? Share your thoughts in the comments.