Syria: Obama chases mirages of moderates in Syria.
In the Bush years we chased the trail of WMD.
If the Bush administration was in search of WMDs, the Obama regime is in a perpetual search for “Muslim moderates”. In the end, neither may find the holy grail, as both are kept well-hidden and at least under tight control. I’m not going to bother stating which one there is more evidence of, but the use of WMDs was confirmed in Syria. Moderate Muslims are proving far more illusive every day.
September 5, 2013
(Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry’s public assertions that moderate Syrian opposition groups are growing in influence appear to be at odds with estimates by U.S. and European intelligence sources and nongovernmental experts, who say Islamic extremists remain by far the fiercest and best-organized rebel elements.
General Martin Dempsey, warned: “Syria is not about choosing between two sides but rather about choosing one among many sides. [if you like playing the odds]
“It is my belief that the side we choose must be ready to promote their interests and ours when the balance shifts in their favor,” Dempsey wrote. “Today they are not.”
The Blaze 9/27/13
The Raqqah Revolutionaries Brigade and the God’s Victory Brigade abandoned their secular command and pledged loyalty to the Al Nusrah last week, Reuters reported.
The Raqqah Revolutionaries Brigade is believed to have more than 700 fighters in its ranks. According to the Long War Journal, the “size of the God’s Victory Brigade, which announced its merger with the Al Nusrah Front on Facebook, was not disclosed, but it is said to have 15 battalions.” Those battalions can have dozens to hundreds of fighters, according to the website.
By Greg Miller, Published: October 2 ] Wash Post
The CIA is expanding a clandestine effort to train opposition fighters in Syria amid concern that moderate, U.S.-backed militias are rapidly losing ground in the country’s civil war, U.S. officials said.
But the CIA program is so minuscule that it is expected to produce only a few hundred trained fighters each month even after it is enlarged, a level that officials said will do little to bolster rebel forces that are being eclipsed by radical Islamists in the fight against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Both Obama and Kerry are playing a dangerous game where an optimal goal is a stalemate with the Islamists, rather than defeat of them. Its a losing proposition.
Moderates today… Islamic extremists tomorrow. Odds on finding then confirming WMD are much better.