U.S. Agrees To Serve As Al Qaeda’s Air Force

Why Are We Backing the Bad Guys?

Republican and Democratic Congressmen have warned that the U.S. shouldn’t be “Al Qaeda’s Air Force” in Syria. And see this and this.

In reality, there aren’t any moderate rebels in Syria (and see this, this and this).   Virtually all of the arms – and humanitarian aid – end up in the hands of the most brutal Al Qaeda or ISIS terrorists.  Even the CIA warned Obama that arming rebels likely wouldn’t work.

And yet the U.S. government has now decided to allow Syrian rebels to call in airstrikes from U.S. B-1B bombers. As the Wall Street Journal reports:

The U.S. has decided to provide pickup trucks equipped with machine guns and radios for calling in U.S. airstrikes to some moderate Syrian rebels, defense officials said.

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The plan comes as the U.S. prepares to start training moderate rebels, who are waging a two-front fight against the extremists and the Syrian regime.

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A team of four to six rebels will each be given a Toyota Hi-Lux pickup, outfitted with a machine gun, communications gear and Global Positioning System trackers enabling them to call in airstrikes. The fighters will also be given mortars, but the administration hasn’t decided to provide the teams with more sophisticated antitank weapons.

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Officials say the moderate forces will never outnumber Islamic State extremists or regime forces. Reflecting that, the Pentagon believes the moderate forces must have superior training as well as support from U.S. warplanes.

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U.S. officials also don’t know whether American planes will be able to provide air support if the moderate forces it trains get in a fight not with Islamic State, but with forces loyal to the Syrian president.

Because the U.S. isn’t at war with Syria, U.S. military lawyers are wrestling with whether U.S. warplanes would have legal authorization to strike Mr. Assad’s forces, even to support a U.S.-trained rebel force.

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The planes would drop 500- and 2,000-pound guided bombs, a typical load for the B-1s that have operated in Afghanistan as well as Syria.

Is the U.S. turning into Al Qaeda’s air force?   It’s obvious that the U.S. has long tried to overthrow the Syrian government.

Sadly, America has truly switched sides in the war on terror.

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  • colinjames71

    I gotta wonder how the pilots and other military personnel on the ground there feels about this. High time someone took a stand and refused an unlawful order, bombing a location dictated by a terrorist should qualify. “Terrorist” in the being a subjective term but in this case the US-classic visage of an Islamic radical. Likely bearded. Probably turbaned.

    • MCB

      Everyone has their price and others are simply too cowardly to care. About 1/3 of The Air Force (from my 8 year experience) will do anything that they’re told, just like The Stanford Experiment out of both fear and conditioning.

      • colinjames71

        right on bro, I’m thinking of looking into other social media besides facebook to discuss political/social issues if you know of any like “Ello” (? I think is a new one), seems since FB started doing videos playing right in the news feed it’s all cats and dogs and surfing- I grew up in so cal so most of my male friends surf- and that’s all well and good, so I’m thinking just keep it positive and fluffy there when I need a laugh but have a whole different scene for more important matters with like minded people. I don’t know, just a thought.

  • Charleston Voice

    Wars are needed as they are for the common good.

  • MCB

    Great piece as always GW, but is anyone really surprised though? Arming “the bad guys” has been a platitude of U.S. foreign policy for 65 years now. There is nothing our government can or will do that will shock or surprise me anymore. And I mean nothing…

    • colinjames71

      right on appreciate the perspective from actual former military. thanks

      • MCB

        Thanks bro! 🙂

      • MCB

        Are you on facebook? If you are and want to connect, send me a friend request.

        • colinjames71

          Hey bro I’m on FB but super cautious about who I accept and I actually use it almost exclusively to keep in touch with old friends. I know personally or my friends do for every fb friend I have. More than happy to talk to you via disqus and maybe in the near future, hope you understand. Thanks.

          • MCB

            Either or works for me. What ever your confront level will work for me bro. 🙂

  • paul

    Will Russia respond to this – or will they quietly watch as the US destroys Assad?

    • unheilig

      Syria is already broken beyond repair, so Russia won’t waste any resources trying to fix the unfixable. I’m just picturing Assad in his bunker, like Ghadafy and Mubarak before him, wondering WTF he did wrong.

      • MCB

        What he did wrong was be an Alawite and not bow to the Sunni’s…