…does not mean it’s a bad idea. I lovvvve how every single article on this story paints it as a concession to Putin. Because arming terrorists er– I mean rebels against secular regimes in the Middle East has always worked out so fucking well. Almost every story has a line similar to the one in this article, “A move long sought by Russia”. Well, it’s also a move long sought by anyone who doesn’t want to arm Al-Qaeda.
President Donald Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials.
The program was a central plank of a policy begun by the Obama administration in 2013 to put pressure on Assad to step aside, but even its backers have questioned its efficacy since Russia deployed forces in Syria two years later.
Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests. The shuttering of the program is also an acknowledgment of Washington’s limited leverage and desire to remove Assad from power.
Any time we cut funding to forces trying to overthrow an elected government. Any time we cut funding to the CIA, it’s a very good thing.