As Russia, Turkey and Iran discuss Idlib’s fate, the US is left to its impotent ‘anger’
There was a time, not long ago, when the US called the shots in the Middle East. But as Russia and its allies prepare a devastating military offensive in Idlib, in north-west Syria, those days are gone. The world’s most powerful nation has spiked its own guns. The once-proud ramparts of Pax Americana have been stormed by America First.
Donald Trump’s warning this week that the US would be “very angry” about slaughter in Idlib underscored American impotence. Angry is not a plan. But Trump has scant leverage. He has ignored diplomatic efforts to end Syria’s seven-year civil war. He has ended support for anti-regime rebels. And he talks of recalling US forces assisting pro-western Kurds.