Indeed similar to Iraq, where Washington has essentially partnered with Iran to stop Islamic State — even at the cost of bolstering Iran’s status in the country — some Obama administration officials are apparently toying with the idea of calling on Iran for help in Syria, as well. This means, in essence, partnering with Hezbollah to ensure the survival of the Assad regime, for it to serve as a buffer against the spread of Islamic State.
The fighting in Syria will continue well into the future, because none of the warring parties have the ability to deliver a decisive blow. Meanwhile, those in Washington who believe that helping Assad and linking up with Iran — even if only tactically — will garner the U.S. gratitude and new friends in the region, need to take into account that a victory for Assad, Iran and Hezbollah will only buttress the anti-American and anti-Israeli axis in the region and encourage its members to return to their pre-Syrian revolution path of incitement and resistance against the U.S. and Israel. After all, Assad is the root of the problem in Syria, not part of the solution.