Deborah Lee James, secretary of the United States Air Force, admitted on Tuesday the end game for Syria: occupation and governing Syrians who have not fled to Europe.
James said "air power" (i.e., bombing) "can't do everything" and it "cannot occupy territory and very importantly it cannot govern territory, this is where we need to have boots on the ground. We do need to have ground forces in this campaign."
In other words, the plan is to occupy land of a sovereign nation, either with U.S. troops or proxies—"Free Syrians and the Kurds," she said—and "govern" this captured land as the United States and its "partners" see fit.
According to the establishment's Newspaper of Record, The New York Times, this is "a combined diplomatic and military approach to force President Bashar al-Assad to leave office and end the carnage."