A second Vietnam?

Syria 01Commentary By: Zine Larbaoui, TLB Staff and Contributor.

Despite a powerful display of political posturing on the world chess board by interested parties, probably designed to  probe one another’s resolve, it seems that a direct involvement by the major powers proved to contain incalculable risks, possibly leading to a suicidal world war. Therefore, a tacit agreement to resolve each parties grievances now favors a conflict of attrition, Vietnam style.

We all know that weapons were covertly delivered to Syrian rebels from Lybia and Turkey to initiate the destabilization of Syria with regime change as the objective and an opportunity to isolate Iran. 2 years into the war and with very little results to show for it, prompted the West to plan a scenario designed to establish a balance of power in favor of the distressed opposition, notably, the elimination of chemical stock pile from the hostilities, so a larger theater of operation can be developed and exploited.

Now that the major actors have shown their cards and tacitly agreed to some rules of engagement, The US has officially assigned The CIA to begin shipping arms to rebels in Syria, ending supposedly months of delay of promised lethal aid by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian officials. Deliveries began to flow into the country over the past two weeks, with separate vehicles and other equipment by the State Department – a flood of material that marks a major escalation of American involvement in Syria’s civil war .

Arms shipments, which are limited to small arms and other munitions that can be traced, began to arrive in Syria at a time of a play of increased threats by President Obama to order missile strikes to punish the regime of Bashar al-Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons in a deadly attack near Damascus last month.

So now, we have our new Vietnam, and Russia (former USSR) have their new Afghanistan, interestingly, both Nations found themselves unable to secure victory on those theaters.

The difference, this time around, is that the US is broke, in the same manner the soviet could not afford their Afghan adventure in the 80s. Additionally, the American people, including some in the military circles, have very little appetite for a new front, while burning issues such as the debt, economy and unemployment are lingering at home. For the past few years, the military has been subject to subsantial budget cuts, with essentials programs being excised in the face of a resurgent Russia.

The Empire is staring at the abyss and the abyss is staring back, the Empire is desperately motivated to save and maintain the Petrodollar system at all cost. We find ourselves in a dangerous crossing, the likes that resulted in the demise of the Russian Empire, 2 decades ago.

This time around, the odds are not in our favor. Perhaps, we are being set up to fall but that is a subject to another discussion.

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