In the mid 90s, the U.S. government made sure it spread the news that it allocated $15 million to topple Saddam Hussein's regime and that it was spending the money to train and arm opposition Iraqi groups in the Kurdish area.
Although the news had a huge media impact, when the Americans met with their Arab allies they realized the Arabs were not optimistic. They told the Americans: "We are now sure that you do not intend to topple Saddam. What can $15 million do to topple such a powerful regime?" But when former president George Bush decided to oust Saddam, he sent 100,000 soldiers, and the message was clear to everyone.
But what is the message that the U.S. is inferring by sending only 200 soldiers to Jordan to confront the repercussions of the war in Syria? The U.S. does not plan to intervene. The number of soldiers sent to Jordan is so small that it implies the U.S. plans to carry out limited operations, like controlling posts of chemical or biological weapons.
Too late for intervention?
200 American soldiers will neither succeed in intimidating President Assad nor in raising the rebels' morale.Abdulrahman al-Rashed
The government's forces have lost in most areas. However, they succeeded in destroying all positions they were forced to withdraw from. Thus most of these areas are no longer fit for people's lives and as a result more than 3 million Syrians fled their cities and towns. Therefore, what can international or American intervention do now? Perhaps the Americans can help the rebels in seizing Damascus or Aleppo. Or perhaps they can help get rid of the regime. But they will not be able to put an end to side struggles among the competing revolutionary forces or the forces present in areas they seized during the war.SHOW MORE