The American Conservative’s Daniel Larison points out the ongoing folly of the neocon “War Dogs.”
Arms provided by the Obama administration to the Syrian opposition end up in the hands of the jihadists. Were no lessons learned by the U.S. in Afghanistan?
As could have been expected, taking out Saddam in Iraq and Gaddafi in Libya has destabilized the Middle East. Removing Assad in Syria will contribute to an even greater destabilization and a probable victory for ISIS. Putin and the Russians apparently can connect the dots here—not that embroiling themselves in a Syrian quagmire will not end up as Afghanistan redux.
The U.S. has a sorry track record when it comes to allowing for the unintended consequences, as former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft has written on frequently through the decades.