Don’t expect programs to “support the moderate rebels” with no eyes-on to be honest…
Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
edb73 · 4 years ago
And the hits just keep on coming. The military is being used as an experimenting ground instead of an institution to defend our country and its people. Misallocation of resources: http://bigstory.ap.org/arti...
BMO7 · 4 years ago
Moderate fighters = slang for accounting adjustment related to 'misplaced equipment' in Iraq...
[How much does an Abrams or Bradley go for nowadays? Follow-up question, how many tanks are being driven around by ISIS at the moment?]
Or it must just cost $100,000 to get a bottle of Fiji water to a rebel while they train in the desert...
NVShawn · 4 years ago
YankeePapa NVShawn I completely agree that funding Iranian proxies are a bad idea. For now, there is a difference between the Kurdish areas in different countries. But in the future, when the smoke clears, there will be no Kurds, or a united Kurdish people. Sooner or later, funding Iraqi Kurdistan will be no different than funding Turkish Kurdistan.
From what I've seen, the Kurds are great applicants for a proxy. However, I do not think our current administration is capable of pulling it off and not causing severe damage to our relationship with Turkey. While Turkey has its faults, they do have potential to be great allies in the region.
TLDR; I don't trust the current folks to do it right, and, by the looks of it, the next group of guys won't be much better.
YankeePapa · 4 years ago
NVShawn YankeePapa ,
...I think that you missed the direction of my comment. I was not referring to the Kurds in Syria (or Turkey), but rather those in the Kurdish area of Iraq.
...We are blindly determined to give aid to the Iranian... uh, er... Shiite government in Baghdad... Very little of that makes it to the Iraqi Kurds.
NVShawn · 4 years ago
YankeePapa I think the answer to your first rhetorical question is escalate the conflict with one of our NATO allies (Turkey). Whether we like them or not, we are in a treaty organization with Turkey. Perhaps funding an army that they're at war with (or at least trying to be at war with) is unethical. On the other hand, is it such a bad idea to fund an army that's fighting radical Islam?
I find the idea of a Kurdish proxy to be a huge grey area. Ideally, I'd like to just talk the Turks out of hating them, but we all know how well that'd work out...
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