Jennifer Cafarella, Director of Intelligence Planning for ISW
On April 12, two days before the Trump regime lobbed more than 100 cruise missiles at Syrian government installations, the U.S.-based Institute for the Study of war published Jennifer Cafarella's America's Interests in Syria Beyond Deterring Chemical Weapons Use. The six listed interests completely ignore that Syrians are not vassals of the United States and that their country is not American property:
... The U.S. has vital national security interests in Syria beyond deterring chemical weapons use. These include:
1. Defeating al Qaeda, as well as ISIS, and facilitating the emergence of a viable and legitimate Sunni Arab leadership that will prevent the re-emergence of jihadist actors.
2. Expelling Iranian military forces and most of Iran’s proxy forces from Syria in order to secure American allies and partners in the region, to deny Iran access to Syrian economic resources, to reduce the regional sectarian conflict that is driving Sunni jihadist recruitment, and to constrain Russia’s ability to project force through Iranian basing;
3. Limiting Iranian influence over the Syrian government and territory;
4. Facilitating the emergence of a Sunni Arab armed force and governance structures that are: seen as legitimate by the Sunni Arab communities in Syria; willing and able to expel ISIS and al Qaeda and keep them out; and willing and able to serve as interlocutors for Syria’s rebelling Sunni community in negotiations with the pro-regime Alawite community and others;
5. Bringing the war in Syria to a stable and enduring end in a negotiated settlement acceptable to all sides that allows refugees to return in a manner that ensures jihadist actors do not gain sanctuary within a resettled and insecure population; and
6. De-escalating the competition among Turkey, Russia, Iran, and the Gulf States that risks regional war and is setting conditions for a great-power conflict in the Middle East.
[...]The list is clearly an attempt to rationalize American colonization of Syria. Yet from the short bio at ISW Ms Cafarella is ostensibly an American; in that case I would have no idea how she came to see political sectarianism as desirable, or why she believes Syrians don't deserve national sovereignty.
I do know she's better off directing her points about al Qaeda and ISIS to the Trump regime, which is protecting factions of both terrorist groups in Syria -- a precedent set by the Obama regime.