September 21, 2014 – This edition of the weekly column covers the continuation of the 24-year war in Iraq, which was started by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 and sworn to be ended by President Obama. Last week, the Congress gave Obama authority to have the CIA arm and train 5,000 troops in Saudi Arabia to fight the war in Syria.
From the column:
“The CIA training of the rebels thus far has resulted in a direct pipeline of weapons from “vetted moderates” to the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front and to the very ISIS that the administration claims to be fighting. In July, a full brigade of 1,000 fighters from the US-backed Free Syrian Army joined ISIS! Of course they took their US-provided weapons and training with them, some of which will certainly be used against the rapidly increasing US military personnel in the region.”