Ever since President Obama made his announcement that the US would be taking a much more active role in combating the forces of ISIS, much of the talk in Washington (both by pundits and "analysts") has been WHO exactly is the Syrian opposition forces we are pledging to help?
Are these forces the kind of freedom-loving force that NeoCons dream of or are we once again backing the "enemy of my enemy", hoping to God that those weapons and training we are giving them don't come back to bite us in the ass?
Well, Joshua Hersh of The Daily Beast has tackled this very question in a piece posted today:
Goodbye to the Last of Syria's Good Guys
The questions surrounding these "good rebels" are planning to arm/train to fight ISIS is far more important than many may realize.
Not only in such a strategy incredibly risky, but to be frank, our history with similar such "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" affairs is just plain terrible. All too often, these groups gladly ask for the help of the United States, only to stab us in the back THE moment it becomes politically expedient.
Further, giving how long Syria's civil war has ranged, one really has to wonder as to whether this is all MUCH too little, too late...