Next week will witness a landmark meeting in Riyadh, as this week saw such a meeting in Washington, D.C. President Trump will address 17 leaders of Muslim countries.
In his first three months in office, former President Obama had already visited nine countries. This will be Trump's first overseas trip. In a sense, Obama started his term speaking at universities in Cairo and Istanbul. He promised that the U.S. would no longer be the world police and that his administration would never redesign other people's lives, countries and government.
But according to the new president, Obama not only sought to redesign the region, he also created armies to implement his plans. Trump says Obama created Daesh with the help of "crooked Hillary." Some experts say his intention was good: To prevent an Iranian expansion in Iraq and Syria. However, like all artificial plans of Western countries (remember Monsieur Picot and Mister Sykes), it created havoc in the region, to say the least. As always the share of the people in the region was blood and tears
Mr. Trump also promised to stop playing police. But it is highly likely that he is going to propose the creation of a regional military force to fight Daesh. The leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jordan's King Abdullah, Moroccan King Muhammad and many presidents and prime ministers will be there. According to regional sources the U.S. would like to see a combined war on Daesh terrorists.
The military leaders of the U.S. central command are already trying to implement complicated plans to fight these terrorists, which involve arming and training Turkish PKK terrorists to create a regular army out of mountain guerrillas. Some say that those terrorists proved their worth when they purged the Ayn al-Arab province of Aleppo of Daesh. They cannot hide the fact that it was the peshmerga of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq. Turkey transported them through Turkish territory to stop Daesh attacks.
Turkey, with logistics support from the U.S. and its coalition partners, can clear not only Raqqa of Daesh, but all the territories in Syria that are under the terrorist organization's control. Trump learned of this possibility directly from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this week.
Iran already opposes this new U.S. plan. They agitate the Shiite leaders in all countries with sizable Shiite populations, claiming that the U.S., with the help of Saudi Arabian leaders, is creating a Sunni army. Tehran says this army is to counter Iranian influence in the region. Israeli sources claim that an Iranian news agency accused Trump of assigning a support role to Israel for that "Sunni army."
Military planners once burned the whole region with their anti-Iran Iraqi-Syrian forces that quickly got out of hand and turned into Daesh terrorism. They should know that sectarianism is an even more dangerous game to play in this neck of the woods.
Could that be the plan all along?