Analysts Sound Alarm on 'Myth' of Moderate Syrian Rebels
October 13, 2020 | News | No Comments
The backing of so-called “moderate” rebels is a stated cornerstone of Obama’s expanding air bombardments on Syria, and Congress last month cleared the path for aiding, arming, and training armed groups in Syria, which have yet to be fully identified to the U.S. public. But as the expanding U.S.-led war on that country enters its second week, and the war on Iraq enters its eighth, analysts warn that U.S. military entanglement is built around myths and falsehoods regarding who these armed groups are, what support they can actually offer, and what they want.
“The proposition that there is a moderate Syrian opposition with enough military potential and—even more importantly—popular support inside Syria to overthrow the Assad government is a myth,” write Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett for Consortium News. “To claim in addition that these mythical moderate oppositionists can take on and defeat the Islamic State is either blatantly dishonest or dangerously delusional.”
Similar skepticism can be found across the political spectrum, including hawkish national security columnist David Ignatius, who wrote in the Washington Post, “The problem is that the ‘moderate opposition’ that the United States is backing is still largely a fantasy.”
Experts charge that Obama is deluded to think that the rebels back U.S. interests. Reese Erlich writes:
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