I am a huge fan if film director Guy Ritchie……his movie have more twists than Lombard in San Francisco……..his work is interesting, entertaining and well done…….if you have not seen any of his work then I suggest you do so…..they are well worth the price of admission.
That said I am comparing the situation in Syria to a Guy Ritchie movie.
In essence it is the US Syria policy that is messed up…….
The program is meant to train and equip rebels who will fight ISIS in Syria. But the problem is that, broadly speaking, America has three goals in Syria, and they don’t line up:
- Support local fighters in Syria who can push ISIS out of its territory in the country’s north and east
- Avoid getting drawn into a direct conflict with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad that could escalate into a major, Iraq-style war
- Prevent other extremist groups in Syria, such as al-Qaeda, from getting stronger
These three objectives are fundamentally irreconcilable. In order to retake ISIS territory, the United States needs allies on the ground, which means Syrian rebels (Kurdish forces aren’t enough on their own). But those rebels typically see Assad as a bigger priority than ISIS. If the US were to simply train them, equip them, and let them go their own way, they’d likely use their American support to focus on fighting Assad.
The whole plan is a silly and fruitless exercise….something that I have been saying from the beginning…..and I am not alone……
Let’s look at the training of “moderate” rebels………we started training and have turned a small group lose in Syria……and how has the plan working?
President Obama asked for $500 million to arm and train the Syrian rebels. This year alone, the effort is supposed to train 3,000 soldiers to fight ISIS.
But so far, it’s only yielded about 60 fighters. Of those 60, over half have been killed, wounded, or captured in the past week alone by Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch. American officials, according to the New York Times, “did not anticipate an assault from the Nusra Front.”
So far the plan has been a failure with NO chance of success……..is it time for a step back and devise a new plan?
Let’s be honest……if we keep to the plan we have no there is NO way to win and definitely NO way out of Syria! Maybe that is the plan…….the longer we stay in Syria the more money the M-IC will rake in and after all profits is what war is all about, right?
As I was writing this word came out that all is NOT well with the US trained rebels……..
Syrian fighters trained by the United States are now refusing to fight.
In the past few days, five of the US backed recruits have been detained by the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front. A sixth recruit has reportedly been killed.
The US-backed group, Division 30, is accusing the Pentagon of misrepresenting its mission.
The fighters say they signed up to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), not the al-Nusra Front.
Will this finally put an end to the snowjob of training the “moderates” to fight? It is NOT working no matter how much McCain thinks it will…..
In an article by Jason Ditz…..
A solid year after Congress authorized $500 million for the training and creation of a brand new pro-US Syrian rebel force, the first class of trainees was deployed into Syria. What was initially expected to be tens of thousands of fighters ended up being 54, and they were quickly routed by al-Qaeda.
It’s just now that the Pentagon is finally admitting to there being “flaws” in their plan, and they are now talking about “tweaks” so that their future efforts are a little less disastrous than what they’ve accomplished so far.
The admission itself is a leap forward for the Pentagon, which has been insisting the 54 troops were going to do just fine, despite there only being 54 of them. Despite this, however, they are offering no indication of what changes they might make, suggesting that finally noticing there are problems with their plan didn’t bring them much closer to “fixing” it.
And there Irene is the problem….Tweaks will not win the day….a whole new approach needs to be found……it is so sad that even with the disaster of the rebels training the Pentagon will still only “TWEAK” the program…..
Victory is going to be a long time coming with these plans…..