CBH99 said:Can somebody tell me what our (the West's) ultimate objectives are in Syria?
Why are we there? What do we have to achieve in terms of long term goals?
In broad strokes, we seem to want the same things that the Russians and Iranians do, for Assad to stay in power and the war to be over, with ISIS and other Sunni extremist groups disrupted or destroyed. We would just prefer that Assad tone down the atrocities a little bit.
We seem to have more problems with Assad's methods than his objectives. After all, no one is currently proposing to replace Assad as the power in charge of running Syria. (the last three groups that did express serious interest were ISIS, AQ, and the Muslim Brotherhood)