"... the Atlantic Council offered one way forward: converting the underpowered training mission into a project to build a 50,000-member “Syrian national stabilization force” capable of imposing order across the country." Washpost Editorial Board
"As a starting point it would require the creation of the northern Syrian safe zone that Mr. Obama has resisted for years. But it would offer a path to ending the Assad regime and its crimes." Washpost Editorial Board
"... stated that the United States must put the train-and-equip initiative "on steroids." The recommended program creates a robust, three-division stabilization force of 50,000 Syrians that would be able to fight and defeat any enemy standing in the way of a legitimate and inclusive Syria. He explained that as the Syrian National Stabilization Force (SNSF) gains ground and popularity, the force will attract patriotic elements of the Syrian Arab Army and other rebel forces to fill its ranks." Atlantic Council
"... the SNSF must have the capability and means to fight their enemies in offensive missions as well as the ability to conduct defensive, humanitarian, and security missions. In order to create this force successfully, the United States and its allies must lead the initiative in several efforts, to include establishment of a no-fly zone in parts of Syria where the SNSF can operate militarily and the Syrian National Command authority can establish governance." Atlantic Council
Washington is infested by a sub-stratum/class of marginal academic performers and bureaucratic "hangers-on" who make a living by burrowing into the world of; political appointments, congressional staffs, media contracts, think-tankery and relentless self promotion. These are often people with no talent for business who are incapable of making a living other than within the confines of the "policy" world.
On summer nights in Washington one can see foot long rats scurrying around the Willard Hotel, Lafayette Park and, of course The Treasury. These rodents are so fat and sleek that they have difficulty in hiding themselves. Their be-whiskered snouts can be seen protruding from beneath trash receptacles while the ends of their hairless tails are visible at the other side of the trash can.