Arming Both Sides? Wait … Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

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According to the LA Times, there are Syrian militia supplied by our CIA, fighting Syrian militia supplied by our Pentagon.

“It is an enormous challenge,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, who described the clashes between U.S.-supported groups as “a fairly new phenomenon.”

New? Old? Does it matter? It shouldn’t be happening. I realize that in the ‘fog of war’ strange things may and do usually happen, but this is just a continuation of the fecklessness we’ve brought to the middle-east since September 11, 2001 (and around the globe since the early 1950‘s, if not earlier, just look into General Smedley Butler‘s career).

“It is part of the three-dimensional chess that is the Syrian battlefield,” he said.

Over the last several years, I’ve noticed an inability on the part of our government and military apparatus to play regular chess, let alone geo-political chess, or Representative Schiff’s “three-dimensional” chess.

They’re recruiting, training, and supplying coalitions, militias and fighters – this is the same strategy that we used against the Soviet Union after they invaded Afghanistan. We recruited, trained, armed, and supplied factions of mujahideen, which led to the Taliban. Which led to al-qaeda (think Osama Bin Laden). Of course, we had to threaten and fight (via proxies) the Taliban, and then al-qaeda also via proxies, and eventually with our own troops, in Afghanistan, then Iraq, and elsewhere (think Libya, and more), or so we’re told. Or course, our fecklessness then allowed the fomenting of IS or ISIL or ISIS. So, to update your scorecard, we helped create the Taliban, al-qaeda, and now ISIS.

Who or what, and where, next?

No, perpetual war and/or blow-back does not exist, clearly. /snark/

Your tax dollars at work for “their” black budget, and agendas, clearly.

The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis (1987)

"The Secret Government is an interlocking network of official functionaries, spies, mercenaries, ex-generals, profiteers and superpatriots, who, for a variety of motives, operate outside the legitimate institutions of government. Presidents have turned to them when ..." (Starting @ 23:21)

"The Secret Government" from CUJourn. A PBS production with Bill Moyers. Further info.

Yet another warning ... *sigh* ...
and it seems not much has changed.

Inequality for All

If you have Netflix, it is available there.
It's well worth your time.

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