All reports are that the Assad forces, now three years into the revolt against Assad’s rule, are in a stronger position than ever before to quell the rebellion against Assad’s rule by Syrians who rose up to challenge his hold on power, first with peaceful protests and later with arms. Aided by the steadfast support of his allies and the deepening disarray of his foes, Assad is pressing ahead with plans to be reelected to a third seven-year term this summer while sustaining intense military pressure intended to crush his opponents.
Two questions immediately come to mind. The first is why now? Did the regime just learn about the conflict in the news reports or has it been conducting studies and investigations. The second question is who are the moderate opposition forces? Did the studies and investigations reveal more moderate versus Islamist extremists?
At this point in time it would appear the only thing that would be accomplished by such a decision would be to have the CIA arm and train people who will eventually use these weapons and knowledge to attack the United States. From a political standpoint one has to think that the Obama regime is trying to show how decisive and strong they can be in light of all the negative scrutiny, and demonstrate the great attributes of their stated foreign policy of “leading from behind.” This regime has never made a foreign policy decision or lack thereof that put the United States in a stronger position in the world standing, and this decision if implemented would clearly weaken our world standing. This “Keystone Cops” approach has made the world a much more dangerous place.