In comments at the Aspen Security Forum, CIA Director John Brennan warned that after five years of bloody civil war, he is no longer confident that it’s even possible for Syria to remain as a whole country, saying it may not be possible to avoid a partition.
This is not the first time US officials have mentioned partition as a possibility for Syria, and indeed Secretary of State John Kerry presented it back in February as “Plan B” if that ceasefire failed. The ceasefire is gone, but Brennan is the first official to bring it up since.
Indeed, US officials have long resisted the notion of even couching partition as a possibility, insisting they want Syria to remain united, and with a powerful central government, albeit a different, more pro-US ruling faction.
Memo to CIA Chief Brennan: forgive me, sir, but have you had a conversation with Syrian Bashar Al Assad, the duly elected President of Syria, about this?!?
Breaking Syria into bits may be something both the Kurds and Israelis would like to see happen; but it appears that you are no closer to achieving regime change in Damascus than when you started this illegal, immoral, and covert operation in Syria, completely ignoring that you were violating Syria’s sovereignty, and causing untold deaths, injuries, and massive population displacements.