But to achieve this goal, in Clark’s opinion, the US should, first of all, come to some resolution with Russia regarding how long present Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad should stay in power.
The former army commander claimed that the conflict in Syria doesn’t resemble those in Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan, saying that any settlement could only be made through political means. Consensus is needed that would mitigate frictions between the aspirations of Iran supported by Russia on the one hand and Saudi Arabia with Turkey on the other. That is the only option that would allow creating an alliance focused the on anti-Daesh fight, he stressed.
“Go back to the way we did it in Bosnia in 1990s. We put together a plan, we brought the parties together, and we said we would put ground troops there under certain conditions. And we could do the exact same move here,” he said, explaining his vision of the resolving plan for Syrian conflict. “[It’s] tougher situation [in Syria], but we could set up conditions, such that bring Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey together. And then everybody works against ISIS [Daesh].”
Still, the way toward resolving the crisis will be long and difficult amid the prospects of the continuous emergence of various rebel and jihadist groups not associated with Daesh. But for the first step, Clark concluded, the US has to compromise with Russia on how long Assad would rule Syria.