The United States is prepared for a military solution in Syria if a political settlement fails, Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday.
“We do know it would better if we can reach a political solution but we are prepared… if that’s not possible, to have a military solution to this operation in taking out Daesh,” Biden said at a news conference after a meeting with the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
Biden and Davutoglu also discussed how the NATO coalition might further assist jihadist proxies trying to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad.
A military official clarified Biden’s remarks. He said Biden was talking about a military solution to Islamic State, not Syria.
Saudi-backed jihadists say they will not participate in peace talks until al-Assad and the Russians halt an ongoing effort to prevent them from taking over the country and establishing a Wahhabi principality.
Biden’s remarks on a Syrian military solution follow a heated discussion in Davos, Switzerland. On Wednesday Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif argued behind closed doors at the invitation-only globalist confab.
“It was a dialogue of the deaf,” said one participant to the discussion.
U.N. special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa of Egypt, the foreign ministers of Italy and Austria and officials from Turkey and several other Western nations were in attendance at the privately held meeting.
Iran has sent Revolutionary Guards to Syria to combat the Saudi-backed jihadists trying to oust al-Assad. Iran, Russia and the Syrian government cooperate on military operations against the jihadists.
Talks on resolving the US and Saudi-backed proxy war against al-Assad are scheduled to begin on Monday in Geneva despite the inability of the parties to decide who will be allowed to attend.
The United States and Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey are at odds over what groups in the country should be considered terrorists and not allowed to attend.