The Pentagon was slightly embarrassed that their Syrian Rebel Training program (to the tune of $500,000 million) didn’t work out well (you know, only a tiny handful of reliable folks in it), so now in lieu of training people, we’re literally throwing ammo at them. On Sunday, the U.S. dropped 50 tons of small arms ammo and grenades on Syrian rebel positions in Northern Syria.
No training, but lots of ammo
The 50 tons – 112 pallets – of ammunition and grenades were for AK47 rifles and M16s. The United States claims that all parcels were received by “friendly forces.” But…didn’t we just stop the rebel training program because it wasn’t working? So now we just throw ammo at them?
“The aircraft delivery includes small arms ammunition to resupply counter-ISIL ground forces so that they can continue operations against ISIL. All aircraft exited the drop area safely.” Col Steve Warren, in charge of coalition forces
When you think about the situation in Syria, you have to understand that there are NO “good guys.” Obama has been arming “Syrian rebels” since he got into office. Many of those groups have never been on the side of the United States. But they happily accept the arms we send.
So is this a “proxy war?
Syrian rebels aren’t rebelling against ISIS, they don’t like Bashar al-Assad. And the U.S. thinks the rebel groups are better than Assad to run Syria. So…Russia fights with the Assad forces and Iran, and we fight with the rag tag forces loosely called “rebels.” Those groups are not stable forces – and they often change sides.
Russia will likely play at dropping bombs on ISIS positions, while also fiercely targeting anti-Assad forces. Meanwhile the United States will continue drop ammo and grenades for anti-Assad forces.
U.S. officials refuse to call this a “proxy war.” But with the influx of TOW missiles, and Russian intervention, it has become a quagmire.
The Washington Post reported,
Supplied mostly from stocks owned by Saudi Arabia, delivered across the Turkish border and stamped with CIA approval, the missiles were intended to fulfill another of the Obama administration’s goals in Syria — Assad’s negotiated exit from power. The plan, as described by administration officials, was to exert sufficient military pressure on Assad’s forces to persuade him to compromise — but not so much that his government would precipitously collapse and leave a dangerous power vacuum in Damascus.
Instead, the Russian military intervened to shore up the struggling Syrian army — an outcome that was not intended.
Looks like we’re in it up to our eyeballs now.