President Barack Obama appears determined to keep Al-Qaeda and ISIS well supplied with weapons. After bypassing a terrorism funding law, Obama sent arms to the weak to non-existent “moderate” Syrian rebels. Not surprisingly, the arms quickly were taken by Al-Qaeda and used for their operations. Yes, President Obama bypassed a rule about arming terrorists and then ended up unintentionally arming terrorists. Turns out it was a good rule.
However, that epic blunder has not slowed Obama’s resolve to do stupid things in the Middle East. He now is proposing to spend $500 million to send more weapons into Syria where they will surely end up in Al-Qaeda and ISIS’ hands once again.
The Obama administration requested $500 million—a larger amount than expected—to aid the Syrian opposition, reflecting growing U.S. alarm at the expanding strength of Islamist forces in Syria, who in recent weeks have asserted control of large parts of neighboring Iraq and now pose threats to U.S. allies in the region.
Coming on the heels of a decision to send 300 military advisers to Iraq, the Syrian rebel training elevates the U.S. role in the Middle East. The proposal amounts to a major U-turn by the administration, which had sought until now to limit its involvement in the war.
The idiocy continually displayed by the Obama Administration in the Middle East is something to behold with wonder. Whether the dismal strategies and subsequent results are due to a limited intellectual capacity or unquenchable malevolence is hard to say. What is is easy to note is how poorly the policies Obama has pursued with military intervention have turned out.
The “surge” in Afghanistan was a complete failure and amazing waste of life – both American and Afghan. The drone strikes have fueled anger all over the world and jeopardized due process rights for American citizens. And now Obama is doubling down on a program in Syria that already blew up in his face – literally arming and strengthening Al-Qaeda and other groups he continually claims are terrorists and enemies of the United States.
If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results then Obama’s Syrian strategy should come with a straight jacket.
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