So, now we have apparently reached a deal with the Turks to create an "ISIS Free" zone in Syria. This map here http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/06/12/world/middleeast/the-iraq-isis-conflict-in-maps-photos-and-video.html shows the zone. What it doesn't show is that basically all of the rest of the border on either side of the zone, is more or less controlled by the Kurds from the Syrian side, and this, of course, does not sit well with the Turks.
How, exactly, we are going to participate in creating this zone is not entirely clear. Apparently our planes will be taking off from Incirclik in Turkey, and the land in question in the zone to be created, appears to contain at least one city that is VERY important to apocalyptic radicals who believe the end of the world starts there. Prior to this, the Turks, allegedly, have shown very little willingness to police their border and have allowed quite a few Jihadists to pass through the border into Syria. Considering that Obama is a well known ignorer of border infiltrations, it seems odd that that we should be joining forces with Turkey, especially since the US has been helping the Kurds fight Assad.
The participants, of course, deny that this is the start of a bigger incursion into Syria. However, it seems quite interesting that the Turks finally decided enough was enough when some ISIS asshole blew himself up inside of Turkey. It seems that for some time now, ISIS has desperately wanted to pull us into combat with them, on their land (or at least on the land they have conquered) and we have refused giving that to them. So, question of the day for the warmongers who think Obama has been too much of a pussy to topple Assad and "take it to ISIS", are you happy with this latest move?
Looking at how badly Iraq has gone off the rails, I feel like we have a perpetual problem dealing with this region, that problem is that the sectarian allegiances there are simply nuts. Saddam was really bad, but more or less secular in his government, which provided a counterbalance to the endless Islamic faction fighting. We seemingly don't control the outcome of any land that we won't physically occupy, which leaves us in a spot of constantly backing rag tag rebel groups, like the Kurds, despite the fact that the Kurds are kind of also disliked by people like the Turks, with whom we have better relations. So what are we doing here? Is this the first step into occupying Syria? What happens when and if Syria goes completely up of grabs?