Is the United States blatant violation of international law in Syria enough to engage Russia, while continuing to allow ISIS to flourish?
Not withstanding the fact ISIS is a horrible organization, can the United States take action against it if it includes crossing into Syria, a sovereign state, without permission from said sovereign itself?
The actual situation is actually much more serious since Assad’s Syria is a client of Iran, which in turn falls under Putin’s Russia sphere of influence. Not only is Assad equipped with both Russian and Iranian weaponry, Syria has some of the most sophisticated surface to air air defense systems, systems that are generally manner by Russian technicians…
What if Assad forbids the US from using his airspace and therefore forces the Russian technicians to shoot down US planes?
This is a much more serious situation than just words since the United States, should it indeed decide to eliminate ISIS, will have to fly score of flights more than it is now doing, and, as every military expert say, will have to aid [US] boots on the ground.
President Obama declared that he intends to eliminate ISIS, could his actions draw Russia into the mix?
Another point, the US, as is Assad, are enemies of ISIS, al Qaeda, etc., but the United States is also an enemy of Assad, who is also backed by another US foe, Iran; what is the US to do?
Because the US relations in the area are quite marginal, it seems that the United States can only win, and do as President Obama committed to do, by putting an overwhelming number of American boots into the conflict; how would Russia/Iran, react? And, how would the American public deal for its peace President getting heavily committed to war?