This article was originally published on The Huffington Post.
It takes an author of much greater talent than mine, a satirist of the stature of Jon Stewart, to do justice to the recently developing comic tragic series of what unfolded in Syria when the US fielded the force of "moderate" locals it trained. After months of preparation, the president declaring from the Oval Office that he is out to "degrade and destroy ISIS" and reports of thousands of Syrians being groomed to fight, the US fielded in Syria a select, carefully vetted, meticulously prepared force -- of some 54 fighters. Shortly after the force crossed into Syria from Jordan, in late July, the al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front attacked their headquarters at Azaz, killing several fighters, and abducting their leader. The force was attacked and more of its fighters killed -- a total of 19! -- a few days later. Thus the mighty US war machine gave birth to a tiny troop that could not shoot straight. If you offered this as a script for a B movie, it would be rejected as too implausible.
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