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Over a week into the designated start of a cessation of hostilities in Syria, the results on the ground are mixed.Unless the administration's preference is to assume that Daesh will fail and then, if it succeeds, respond with an all-American ground force, it will be putting the finishing touches on a ground force coalition of the willing – top-heavy with regional and European forces – to go in and destroy in detail the Syrian branch of this barbaric enterprise.That which may have dissuaded the Obama administration from going down this path was its view – perhaps still operative – that only an indigenous Syrian ground force could root out Daesh in Syria. In Syria Daesh sits atop a restive population. Although a foreign ground force coalition of the willing clearly would have to enter the country with a civil-military stabilization plan enabling the Syrian opposition to link up with local committees (currently underground) once Daesh is neutralized, the residents of eastern Syria will not be concerned about the identities of their liberators, provided that the murderous Assad regime is not among them.Russia, Iran and the Assad regime would, to be sure, be outraged and disappointed by an American-led ground force killing Daesh in Syria.Surely no one – certainly not American NATO allies – will continue to pretend that what happens in Syria stays in Syria: that somehow this massive effort to terrorize and eradicate human beings can somehow be contained.
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