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Just a couple of months out from inauguration, President Trump has been pushing for some pretty substantial escalations of America’s involvement in the ISIS war. This is true the world over, with special forces being deployed in growing numbers, but nowhere is it more obvious than in Syria, where the US has gone from a few hundred troops to a few thousand.
As those troops increase, so do the military goals being set out for Pentagon commanders, which has many of them concerned that they are facing large-scale mission creep, and are being pushed in the direction of scrapping previous efforts to make sure local forces were doing all the heavy lifting on the ground, and that US troops were just facilitators.
This was already less and less true in Iraq, where under the Obama Administration the deployment was in the 5,000-6,000 troop range. But in Syria it is far more obvious that the limited number of allies on the ground aren’t going to be the ones doing more, and faster, in the fight, but rather the US troops are.
Some officials are said to be convinced that the escalation is less about broadening the mission than about speeding up the mission they already had, though this seems to be a split among leadership officials, with many also believing that the allied forces are going to quickly be sidelined in favor of more US-dominated operations in the seemingly endless conflict in Syria.
In the case of Syria, the US military is invading the country in order to attempt regime change here; let us be very clear on the objective, and the alleged "fighting ISIS" is just the cover story, because the Syrian and Russian troops have been quite effective in beating back ISIS here.