It is not unthinkable

Though, with Hollande and Merkel in charge, not very likely

France could commit the foreign legion to Syria and could invoke NATO Article 5 requiring joint NATO action

Mr. Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former case officer in the Central Intelligence Agency, is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Gerecht gave an analysis in the Wall Street Journal.

Because of the attacks Friday, the narrative will change. The soft-power-heavy, somewhat guilty Western analysis of Islamic militancy—where the progressive-minded avoid referring to Islam in describing an antipathy that sanctifies killing—is now dead in Europe and will soon be irretrievably embarrassing across the Atlantic.

If France committed to seeing this fight through to the end, the French make it more likely that the U.S. will commit more ground troops in Iraq and, as consequentially, put soldiers into Syria to create a defensible haven where civilians and the armed Sunni opposition can gather without fear of attack. Europe’s refugee and counterterrorist nightmares have no chance of resolution until the Syrian war is stopped.

If the French are willing to commit the Foreign Legion in Syria, an idea no longer unthinkable, it is much more likely that the Americans will consider ground troops and the arduous, dangerous, long-term effort to stabilize Syria. Although profoundly constrained by the size of its armed forces, France could serve, as Margaret Thatcher did for George H.W. Bush, as a back stiffener and force multiplier.

I would not count on Hollande to do any of these things. While he isn’t as much as an empty suit as out chief executive, he does still have a base to keep.

However, there are these things called “elections”, and they have a way of bumping the guy who doesn’t follow national willpower out of the decision making process.

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1 Response to It is not unthinkable

  1. Drang says:

    Apparently, he invoked the EU equivalent, which works better, as it leaves the Turks out of it.

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