House approves Obama’s Iraq-Syria military strategy amid skepticism


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From the Washington Post:

The House on Wednesday approved President Obama’s plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to counter the growing threat of the Islamic State organization, even though lawmakers in both parties remain deeply skeptical about its chances for success.

Well, isn’t that just ducky?

So they approved arming moderate Syrian rebels, huh?

Reports coming out of eastern Syria Monday revealed that several factions within the Syrian opposition force known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have pledged services to the Islamic State, the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Sources and eyewitnesses said that the FSA has handed over its weapons to the Islamic State in large numbers.

The Free Syrian Army was said to be a “moderate” and “secular” force, which was used as the rationale by U.S. officials to supply the opposition force with weapons and training.

Sources told Homs, Syria-based Zaman Alwasl newspaper that several factions within the FSA, including Ahl Al Athar, Ibin al-Qa’im, and Aisha have pledged to support the Islamic State.

Hopefully this set of “moderate” Syrian rebels will not follow suit.


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Republicans provided the lion’s share of support, but many are worried that Obama’s plans are too limited. One top GOP leader suggested that Congress could give the president blanket military authority, even if Obama doesn’t want it, when lawmakers hold a much broader debate after the November elections about the fight against Islamist militants.

That is what is “just ducky.” A Congress willing to authorize a military hardware give-away they don’t really believe in and haven’t really even debated just so they look like they’ve done something come election time.


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There are so many sectarian factions in Syria and Iraq that it’s hard to know in which direction each is likely to turn. I’m also wary concerning the real-life existence of moderate Syrian rebels, whereas, theoretically speaking, it seems like a contradiction in terms. Further, partnering with Iran likewise seems like a risky move if we decide to pursue that course although Pat Buchanan, whatever his motivation, makes a fairly good argument.


#4

This is a mistake and I agree with Rand Paul that Syria is in chaos and we’ll be sending weapons into a chaotic plcae.

It’s going to backfire on is, mark my words.

Jim


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