The Washington Post reported yesterday that Obama has yet to decide on a plan to send heavier weapons to CIA-backed rebels in Syria. The plan would send anti-aircraft and other heavy artillery to vetted rebels fighting Assad in Syria’s 5 1/2 year war. The plan was brought to the president’s desk this weekend and after a review, Obama decided to hold off on the program for now. The plan is supported by CIA Director Brennan and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter but its opponents, including John Kerry, raise serious concerns.
Kerry fears that the weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists or be used to shoot down Russian aircrafts, sparking a conflict with the Russians. Whatever the case, we should be rightfully skeptical of any plan/partnership with rebel groups. Our track record to date has been less than desirable.