a reply to: r0xor
actually the Syrian regime was nearly completely destroyed, which is exactly why Russia had to begin its massive bombing campaign at the tail end of
2015. Damascus literally had control of maybe 10% of Syria at its lowest, and was continuing to shrink.
The reason irregular militias comprised mostly of imported foreign fighters were utilized was quite simple. They were far cheaper, all speak the
language, and most are perfectly willing to throw their lives away once the magneto thermal stimulation nano ferrites are embedded into their brain
stem. That way they could still be blow themselves up even if they had last minute regrets and doubts to try and back out with a third party agent
taking control remotely.
We had no solid justification to be there officially, otherwise Assad woulda been out inside of six weeks and his armed forces mutilated beyond
repair. That costs a lot more money though because then we would have to occupy the land with our own forces, like a magnet for fanatic hate it would
have been troublesome. Diplomatically it would have sucked, but I think it would have worked out better than Iraq for a few reasons.
Mainly the North would then have been taken by Turkey completely in this scenario and the Kurds would never have been utilized. Israel would have
simply steamrolled out from the Golan Heights and besieging Damascus at their weakest point and taken the city with ease.
In fact the only reason more conflict does not happen this easy way anymore is due to the modern age of information and a century of civilized
Westerners being accustomed to Democratic Principles and human rights would upset the sensibilities of the voting population. This is why we see more
covert action using special operators and intelligence operatives utilizing internal opposition as the spearhead for foreign policy. I believe the
last decade that the traditional method of classic warfare would have been effective was the eighties.
populations are uncomfortable seeing only their flag drop bombs. But if our money pays for foreigners to attack their enemies, we
don't really think about that as deeply and therefore it does not offend sensibilities (and potential votes) on the same scale.
Iran does however, possess a highly specialized and well trained land military not to mention a Cyber-warfare program that is quite capable of
hijacking our own drones, as they have proven several times already. So while our air force and Navy is just colossally outmatches them, they can
still give us a black eye or two.
Heck many would probably surrender to avoid the end times as none of them likely ever expected to see Persia fall again to the mercy of a foreign
but it will happen this century. You will live to see it if your 35 or under.