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Part one of this series discussed why it is not easy to arrive at a coherent national security objective for Syria.For Iran, Assad's willingness to subordinate Syria to Hezbollah is priceless.A realistic national security objective for Syria must, therefore, acknowledge that Bashar Assad will remain as president of what is left of the Syrian Arab Republic for the foreseeable future. The Tampa-based United States Central Command – presumably speaking for the government – said it would pose no objection to Iranian-led foreign Shiite militiamen and Assad regime forces helping themselves to the chunks of eastern Syria provided they fight Daesh.Although ending the territorial aspect of the "caliphate" in Syria is important and long overdue, doing so will neither destroy Daesh nor implant in Syria the decisive antidote to the country serving as a host for extremists and terrorists: political legitimacy. Indeed, welcoming Iran and the regime to replace Daesh in eastern Syria – a policy based on Obama-era legal restrictions and a military mission narrowly contrived in terms of providing support to a Kurdish-dominated militia fighting Daesh – is the definition of self-defeat in all of Syria.Clearly the United States does not contemplate going to war to oust the Assad regime or physically block Iran from securing strategic depth for Hezbollah in Syria.
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