Someone had to say it. I remember when Biden wanted to support the “Syrian Rebels” the same ones that turned out to be ISIS. America’s foreign policy needs a lot of work.

Critics in Congress had complained for years about the costs — more than one billion USD over the life of the program. Reports that some of the CIA-supplied weapons had ended up in the hands of a rebel group tied to al-Qaeda further sapped political support for the program.

The shuttering of the C.I.A. program, one of the most expensive efforts to arm and train rebels since the agency’s program arming the mujahedeen in Afghanistan during the 1980s, has forced a reckoning over its successes and failures. Opponents say it was foolhardy, expensive and ineffective. Supporters say that it was unnecessarily cautious, and that its achievements were remarkable given that the Obama administration had so many restrictions on it from the start, which they say ultimately ensured its failure.

Read the rest here at the NY Times.