Trump Ends Covert CIA Program to Arm Syrian Rebels. Good move or bad move?

President Trump will end a covert CIA program to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight against the government of Bashar al-Assad. The program began under the Obama administration to put pressure on Assad to step down.

Trump Ends Covert CIA Program to Arm Anti-Assad Rebels - The Daily BeastOfficials said ending the program reflects Trump’s willingness to work with Russia.http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-ends-covert-cia-program-to-arm-anti-assad-rebelsImage for post Trump Ends Covert CIA Program to Arm Syrian Rebels. Good move or bad move?
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I highly doubt it's covert at this point, anymore.

@ZonkeyBalls I highly doubt it's covert at this point, anymore.

It is kind of absurd to refer to a program as covert in a news headline, but it was a covert program as opposed to an overt action.

"For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day." -JFK

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Psst. Don't tell Maze, but I know why JFK was really assassinated. This time, it had nothing to do with otters.

As usual, he is going to be on the wrong side of history.

@dru18 As usual, he is going to be on the wrong side of history.

Covertly funding the violent overthrow of a nation is the right side of history?

@dru18 Backing Assad is peaceful?

Arming rebels to fight their government is peaceful?

Assad doesn't need western backing, Syria is a longtime ally of Russia and could get their support if needed.

I have no doubt there is considerable room for reform in Syria's government, but the west should have been pushing for reform peacefully, we could probably have gotten Russia to help with that effort too. But instead, they did the dirty, and a lot of people died because of it. Not the right way to handle it. Here are a couple fun facts about Syria:

"The Education System in Syria

"All public basic and secondary education is free and funded by the government. Public higher education is also free; however, fees may be charged in some cases. (For example, students who graduate with low secondary school scores can pay a fee to access certain higher education programs.) Private institutions do not receive government financial support."
http://wenr.wes.org/2016/04/education-in-syria

Prior to the war, Syria’s healthcare system was thriving, with hospital and doctor levels equivalent to other middle-income countries such as Brazil, Turkey and China. Life expectancy was 76 years. Over three-quarters of the country’s disease burden was of the Western, non-communicable type (hypertension, diabetes and so forth).

Four years of violence waged with heavy artillery, missiles, barrel bombs, bullets and a fearsome intensity have changed all of that.

The UN estimates that 12.2 million Syrians now require urgent humanitarian assistance, and that almost half of them are children. Of these, 2.5 million children, aged under-five, are at risk of malnutrition. Life expectancy has dropped by two decades.
https://newint.org/blog/2015/03...ia-healthcare/

@Maze Arming rebels to fight their government is peaceful? Assad doesn't need western backing, Syria is a longtime ally...

And Saddam's Iraq was always way ahead in term of education, health care, and women's rights, and we were far from backing his regime.

Putin backing Assad? All the more reason to back the rebels. I wish we weren't involved at all! Syria is a complicated mess.

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