Sunday morning is when the public really sees the talking points of a White House administration come together. This Sunday was no different as the Trump administration sent out the heavy hitters to deliver a carefully crafted message to the American public and the world. The three big names making appearances on the major network Sunday morning shows were Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and National Security Advisor General H. R. McMaster.
All three Trump surrogates walked a fine line when it came to answering questions on how they plan to move forward in Syria. They all had the talking point that they are aiming first and foremost for a political solution. That would mean cooperation from the Russians.
They all also stated that there is unlikely to be peace in Syria as long as Assad remains in power. Although they were clear that regime change was a secondary goal to eliminating the direct threat posed by ISIS to the homeland. Even Lindsay Graham admitted on Meet the Press that Assad’s regime does not pose a direct threat to the US homeland.
So what is the motivation behind regime change in Syria? Politicians both inside and out of the Trump administration and politicians on both sides of the aisle seem to agree that Assad needs to go. It is only a matter of whether it will be through a political process or a military campaign backed by the US.
A US installed puppet backed by the power of both US and Israeli military forces would have no skin in the game when it came to fighting the current rebels. That fight would be over. This is also assuming that the Trump administration keeps its promise to make wiping out ISIS its first priority.
Israel has enough on its hands with Lebanon to the north, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to the south. Having to use valuable military resources to protect their border from foreign fighters and refugees in general is a gigantic burden.
Russia is currently the largest provider of oil and gas to Europe as a whole, but its ally Iran also wants to get into the game. And Russia is willing to help them do just that. At the same time Saudi Arabia would like a direct pipeline to Europe for oil and Qatar the same for gas. In order to make that happen Syria would not only need to be stable it would also need to be run by a friendly regime that could become part of the US/Saudi/Qatar alliance. So here we are 15 years after the beginning of the Iraq war still talking about Sunnis (Qatar/Saudi Arabia) vs Shia (Iran/Syria) and fighting over natural resources. They are fighting over the same old resources. However the resources are selling to different markets.