I think that this “Moderate Syrian Rebel Application Form” from The Borowitz Report says pretty much everything there is to say about the president’s plan to give a half billion dollars worth of weapons and training to “the moderate Syrian armed opposition”. Here’s a sample question:
If I were given a highly lethal automatic weapon by the United States, I would:
A) Only kill exactly the people that the United States wanted me to kill
B) Try to kill the right people, with the caveat that I have never used an automatic weapon before
C) Kill people only after submitting them to a rigorous vetting process
D) Immediately let the weapon fall into the wrong hands
Here’s Pat Lang’s take on the plan:
Why? Why? The Free Syrian Army (FSA) is one of the smaller and weaker elements in the galaxy of anti Syrian government forces. They have had their asses kicked by the SAG, al-Nusra and ISIS. They will continue to have their asses kicked. The SAG’ armed forces have become a much stronger force and the notion that the FSA will somehow be transformed into the winners of the Syrian jug f–k is amusing.
Bashar Assad wants to be taken in from the cold, just as Qathafi wanted the same thing.
From the time we relented about Qathafi until we chose to get rid of him, Qathafi was not a problem for the US. Why will we not listen to the Syrian government? pl
As I’ve asked in the past, what’s the American interest at stake here? Not the French interest or the Italian interest or what’s against the Russian interest but what supports whatever interests we have in Syria?
If ending the carnage is Syria is one of those interests, can anyone seriously contend the move will hasten that?