In Syria, Russia Make US Plan Messy
Washington. WHEN territory controlled by forces Syrian rebels in Aleppo began to decrease one by one due to the movement of Syrian military assisted air strikes Russia this month, the United States secretly considering plans to soon send more sophisticated weapons for units rebel forces supported by the CIA in Syria. The plan was presented in a recent meeting between President Barack Obama with his national security team. Reported The Washington Post on Sunday, October 23.
However, the plan was apparently floated, alias is not approved and not rejected. US officials said the Obama administration began skeptical that the plan increases the CIA secret program, which has trained thousands of armed fighters in Syria over the past three years, will lead to success depose Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.
Because of doubt, none other, is a Russian intervention in Syria. As a result, President Obama, officials said, it is now more likely to leave the decision on the fate of the CIA secret program to the new occupant of the White House that will be determined in the 8 November 2016 Presidential Election.
Officials opposed to proposals to improve the delivery of weapons, according to the Washington Post, warned that it will only aggravate the situation in Syria without giving significant results. But officials who support the proposal say, the absence of action would cause Aleppo fall into the hands of Syrian forces. Tens of thousands of CIA-backed fighters will look for new allies, so that Americans will lose influence over its allies in the region.
Supporters of the proposal called “Plan B” that include CIA Director John Brennan and Secretary of Defense Ashton B Carter. Meanwhile, opponents of the proposal is the Secretary of State John F Kerry. He worried the new weapons would be used to kill Russian military personnel, which in turn would lead to a confrontation between Washington and Moscow.
The Washington Post, one senior American official said that it is time for America to look back, whether the CIA-backed rebels could still be regarded as a moderate group, and whether the program can achieve its goals rather than only adds to the suffering in Syria. CIA-backed rebels, the official said, could not do much on the battlefield against an enemy because they are more resilient, and they are increasingly dominated by extremists, “said the official who declined to be quoted.
Both Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican, Donald Trump, not openly outlining their policy positions on CIA covert operations in Syria. In the last debate, Clinton even had a tendency more hawkish than Trump.
Clinton is supporting the CIA intervention in Syria when the plan was first proposed in 2012 by the current CIA director, David H Petraeus, while Clinton served as the Foreign Minister. But Russia when it was not directly involved in the conflict and it is unclear whether Clinton would continue to support an aggressive program given the CIA a very strong presence of Moscow today.