"Though President Obama has spoken about ramping up our support for the opposition in Syria, we are late to that effort. It is time for the United States to assume the responsibility of quarterbacking the entire assistance effort to ensure that more meaningful aid — lethal, training, intelligence, money and humanitarian — not only gets to those who are fighting both ISIS and the Assad regime but is fully coordinated and complementary." latimes
As predicted, the Neocon solution to the problems the application of their policies have created for us in the Middle East is more of the same.
I heard a Neocon speaking on Friday about the current situation; his defence was; "How could we have known?", "What would you do?". My unvoiced answer; fire the policy makers, opinion leaders, commentators and analysts who advocated these adventures in the first place for it is axiomatic in business that the people who got you into a mess aren't he people who can get you out of it.
If the West doesn't have the ability to observe and correct its policy failures, then we deserve to be consigned to the dustbin of history. The starting point for that has to be the realisation that deliberate destabilisation of countries and regions is not a good idea at the best of times and eschewing the advice of anyone who thinks it is. Leave Syria, Ukraine and Iran alone lest we summon unstoppable demons from the abyss.
Read the rest of Dennis Ross's drivel if you have the stomach for it. Walrus