And now training and air in Libya Syria…

by Datechguy | December 11th, 2012

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And now training and air in Libya Syria...

Yet another story that doesn’t inspire me out of Syria:

A plan to pro­vide mil­i­tary train­ing to the Syr­ian rebels fight­ing the Assad régime and sup­port them with air and naval power is being drawn up by an inter­na­tional coalition

This is a bad idea

The head of Britain’s armed forces, Gen­eral Sir David Richards, hosted a con­fi­den­tial meet­ing in Lon­don a few weeks ago attended by the mil­i­tary chiefs of France, Turkey, Jor­dan, Qatar and the UAE, and a three-​star Amer­i­can gen­eral, in which the strat­egy was dis­cussed at length.

this is a Very bad idea

Britain, France and the US have agreed that none of their coun­tries would have “boots on the ground” to help the rebels. The train­ing camps can be set up in Turkey. How­ever, the use of air and mar­itime force would, in itself, be highly con­tro­ver­sial and likely to lead to charges that, as in Libya, the West is car­ry­ing out régime change by force.

So we have a group of peo­ple now heav­ily influ­enced by Islamists, with Chem­i­cal weapons that we are teach­ing them to “secure” chem­i­cal stock­piles and now we are going to train them, arm them and pro­vide air and navel power for them?

I’m sure folks think this is going to mean that the “New Syria” is going to be a much bet­ter place where Islamists will be weak, Sharia law will not be enforced and reli­gious minori­ties will thrive.

And it goes with­out say­ing these fight­ers when the war is over cer­tainly will not be a threat to the west or to our peo­ple on the ground when all is set and done. In fact I sus­pect it will be so safe we won’t even have to arm state depart­ment secu­rity there.

I imag­ine these same folks that brought you the “New Libya” have con­sulted with many experts who have assured them this it will work out. It unfor­tu­nate for­mer Ambas­sador Chris Stevens in unavail­able to give them a pointer or two.

We’ve seen this movie before, it doesn’t end well.

Update: Just a reminder, we only learned post elec­tion and post Beng­hazi that our admin­is­tra­tion was send­ing arms to the Libyans who even­tu­ally killed Stevens. If this goes where I think it will, I sup­pose we’ll hear the full story after the 2016 elec­tion when it can’t hurt the cur­rent Sec of State.

How did Steve Mac­Don­ald of the Grok put it?

“Only the News that’s fit to print, when it’s fit to print it.”

Yet another story that doesn’t inspire me out of Syria:

A plan to provide military training to the Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime and support them with air and naval power is being drawn up by an international coalition

This is a bad idea

The head of Britain’s armed forces, General Sir David Richards, hosted a confidential meeting in London a few weeks ago attended by the military chiefs of France, Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and the UAE, and a three-star American general, in which the strategy was discussed at length.

this is a Very bad idea

Britain, France and the US have agreed that none of their countries would have “boots on the ground” to help the rebels. The training camps can be set up in Turkey. However, the use of air and maritime force would, in itself, be highly controversial and likely to lead to charges that, as in Libya, the West is carrying out regime change by force.

So we have a group of people now heavily influenced by Islamists, with Chemical weapons that we are teaching them to “secure” chemical stockpiles and now we are going to train them, arm them and provide air and navel power for them?

I’m sure folks think this is going to mean that the “New Syria” is going to be a much better place where Islamists will be weak, Sharia law will not be enforced and religious minorities will thrive.

And it goes without saying these fighters when the war is over certainly will not be a threat to the west or to our people on the ground when all is set and done. In fact I suspect it will be so safe we won’t even have to arm state department security there.

I imagine these same folks that brought you the “New Libya” have consulted with many experts who have assured them this it will work out. It unfortunate former Ambassador Chris Stevens in unavailable to give them a pointer or two.

We’ve seen this movie before, it doesn’t end well.

Update: Just a reminder, we only learned post election and post Benghazi that our administration was sending arms to the Libyans who eventually killed Stevens. If this goes where I think it will, I suppose we’ll hear the full story after the 2016 election when it can’t hurt the current Sec of State.

How did Steve MacDonald of the Grok put it?

“Only the News that’s fit to print, when it’s fit to print it.”

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