CNN has published an article from a former US State Department official on why it’s time the US pulls out of the “no-Fly Zone” in Syria.
The US is now embroiled in the most significant military confrontation since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, and is engaged in a tit-for-tat with Russia over its role in the country, said retired Lt.
Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the former director of the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency.
Buchanan told CNN that US allies in the region need to stop playing the “regime change” card.
“You can’t have the Assad regime and the Russian regime working together in order to overthrow a government that is fighting to preserve the stability and security of a sovereign state,” Buchanan said.
“We need to recognize that the Assad-Russia regime has no legitimacy.”
Buchan, who retired in 2014, was the top diplomat for US strategy in the Middle East during the Obama administration.
The Washington Post reported earlier this month that he is a leading candidate for the US Secretary of State position.
Buckeye Group, a private research firm, said Buchanan has spent the last year studying the potential for a US exit from the no-fly zone.
“Buchanon is the only one who has the expertise and insight to understand how US military engagement with Russia could change the dynamics of Syria’s war,” the firm said in a statement.
Bujerria, the foreign policy consulting firm, added that the US must “focus on a strategy that puts American interests above Russian, Chinese, and Iranian interests.”
Buckey said he believes “the United States must leave Syria and reevaluate its strategy, including its policy toward Iran, to ensure that Washington is prepared to provide the strongest security in the world in the event of an Iranian nuclear breakout.”