I guess “leave them alone and they’ll come home wagging their tails behind them,” was just a nursery rhyme, not a strategy to employ when it comes to retrieving missing American-trained Syrian fighters. But in the Obama controlled Pentagon, nursery rhymes and fairytales just might be the basis of military tactics.
As reported last week, the Pentagon has lost track of its Syrian opposition forces just after being put into action in July. They have deserted, been kidnapped, or killed.
Last year the Pentagon, under the supervision of defense Secretary Ash Carter, requested 500 million dollars for a program to train 15,000 Syrian fighters to oppose ISIS. The funny thing is out of 7000 initial volunteers, only 54 made the cut to continue. It is no surprise the overwhelming majority had backgrounds meshed with Islamic extremism and anti-Assad leanings which disqualified them. Talk about a few good men.
I’m not sure why any Congressman would vote in favor of such a plan. After all, our recent track record of training foreign forces, in order to defend their own country, has been a miserable failure. I don’t think many would forget scene of American military fighting vehicles being driven by ISIS after the Iraqi forces weren’t able to defend themselves in Ramadi.
Who in their right mind would think it wise to spend 41.8 million dollars on 54, yes that is fifty-four, Syrian opposition fighters.
Let’s not forget who proposed this idea, Obama. An article in The Wall Street Journal from last year comments on the program,
“The expanded U.S. involvement will be on President Barack Obama’s terms, by emphasizing the use of partner forces, and not the direct use of American combat forces.”
Furthermore in 2014,
“Mr. Obama pledged in a speech in May at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to increase U.S. assistance to the moderate Syrian opposition.”
At a White House picnic last September, Obama thanked all who had voted for the measure, singling out help from John Boehner. Watching the video, knowing now the failure of the program, would be entertaining if it wasn’t such an embarrassment and debacle for the United States.
Another heavy supporter was Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who said the plan should have wide bipartisan support. His wise counsel,
“The idea of ignoring Syria and letting it deteriorate is not working out well for us,”
Hey Lindsey, how well did the Obama plan work for us? Definitely not…”WINNING!”
In what alternate reality would a legitimate business exist where the chief executive officer and top managers continually make catastrophic decisions for their companies, and retain their jobs? The majority of Americans would likely want to borrow a line from Trump, and say to the Obama administration and anyone supporting it…”You’re fired!”
Representative Duncan Hunter, R-Ca., was one who saw the writing on the wall concerning this plan. He fought with Marines in both Afghanistan and Iraq and expressed then his doubts of working with rebel groups because of the obvious distrust that exists between us.
“We need to crush ISIS and not work on arming more Islamic radicals,” he said.
Our military has proven time and again that it knows how to defeat an enemy. Maybe that brief piece of advice from Hunter could go along way in providing our Commander in Chief with a plan based in the real world, not make-believe.