- Jun 2014
I was doing some reading on the situation since my last post. It seems the Americans were being used as a buffer between the Turks and Kurds, to discourage fighting. This is not a place where any fighting force wishes to be. I also read (can't say if it is confirmed) that there have been "skirmishes" between American and Russian troops. Again, not ideal. Vietnam has taught the U.S. that a half hearted approach is not a good approach. The whole idea of "trainers" and "observers" reminds me too much of our situation in Vietnam. I am all for supporting the Kurds. The U.S. did that for years in Iraq and now for years in Syria. This task seems like a never ending situation. Won't the threat of airstrikes help keep things to an advantage for the Kurds?As long as they are in place they act as trainers, command planners, communications and air support for the Kurds. As long as they are their the Kurds know that the US will support their actions, if the Syrians get to close to Kurdish forces the US will attack them with aircraft citing 'threatening embedded US forces'
As long as US forces are in place SyAF planes cant fly over kurdish areas, they cant risk shelling kurdish areas where Americans might be present, oh and as long as the Americans are there the Kurds are guaranteed resupply with weapons and cash.
Now the Americans are going the Arabs who make up a large part of the SDF are going to have to judge their loyalty to Kurdish idealism or Syrian offers of amnesty and Russian cash.