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?