Shooting Down A Syrian Jet Was A Cheap Way To Send Iran And Russia A Message

Anyone who reads me regularly knows that I’ve regularly written against involvement in the Syrian Civil War. So I’m by no means a cheerleader for intervention, but the Trump approach does reflect a more vigorous and muscular policy. And if we have to be involved, it’s a lot better to do with it credibility than with Obama’s miserable red lines and policy of arming random terrorists.

On the one hand, shooting down a Syrian bomber for bombing Syrian fighters drags us closer to a kind of No-Fly Zone. Which is the first step before regime change. The fighters were reportedly SDF. SDF contains plenty of Kurdish and some non-Muslim components. But there are also Jihadist components. If the Syrians were bombing YPG, it’s very different than if they were bombing Sunni Islamists.

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