American writer Doug Bandow, special aide to former US president Ronald Reagan, said that the United States is well aware that it has no future in Syria.
The writer noted during his stay in Syria that the public mood does not give the US military a foothold in this country, due to the failed and catastrophic policy of the US administration in Syria and the region, and added that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad enjoys great support and broad confidence. The writer criticized the US administration and its policy in Syria in an article published in Foreign Policy saying: ” In any case, the so-called Free Syrian Army proved to be a weak reed.
In one program Washington spent a half-billion dollars on training fifty-four fighters, most of whom were quickly captured or killed. Radicals have also admitted posing as “moderates” to collect U.S. cash and weapons. U.S.-supported groups seemed to lose most of their battles and end up surrendering, along with their U.S.-supplied weapons, to more radical forces.
” The writer went on wondering: “Did the Obama administration really believe that Syrians and Americans would benefit if any of these groups gained control?
American support for Jabhat al-Nusra was particularly bizarre since it was affiliated with Al Qaeda which, if anyone forgot, staged the 9/11 attacks” describing the U.S. policy to be not just hopeless but inconsistent and even confused .
The writer also referred to Idlib and the Syrian army’s upcoming operation there, and to the efforts of Moscow and Ankara to reach a heavy disarmament agreement, while Washington continues to use the Kurds as a pressure card.
The writer pointed out that” Washington can’t force Hezbollah, Iran, and Russia from Syria.
They long were allied with Damascus, and they have far more at stake than America in Syria’s future. Their role is significant and transparent” citing the images of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with President Putin and the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, that are very popular across the country. Bandow also said that the United States should bring its forces home, as there is no need for them in Syria. ” The Trump administration should end Washington’s latest Middle Eastern misadventure” the writer concluded.