We know that a US military escalation against Syria will not help the victims of this attack. It will create more dead, including children. There is still no military solution. This is what we know.
Once again, an administration is embarking on a military intervention in the absence of virtually any debate.
US commanders are talking about staying in the region after ISIS is defeated to pacify it. These are a whole series of Very Bad Ideas.
The entire ISIS caliphate could be directed against the Assad government and its allies -- a scenario which might cause some satisfaction in Washington.
If the Assad regime has all of Aleppo, all of Damascus, Homs, Hama and Latakia, then it has Syria. Poor, rural, thinly populated provinces just don’t count.
The Turks don’t want a Kurdish mini-state on their frontier any more than the Syrians want to lose territory to the Kurds.
The latest air strikes against Isis are happening because the last offensive created a power vacuum. There’s a good bet that will happen this time too.