President Obama, with the approval of Congress, has blundered ahead to fund and arm so called moderate Sunnis in Syria to fight the radical Sunnis in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This is a huge error because there are no moderate Sunnis.
In the Middle East, it is all about religion. The so called moderate Sunnis in Syria will turn the arms against President Assad of Syria and his Shiite followers. Their enemy is Assad and the Shiites, not the fellow Sunnis of ISIS. If they succeed in overthrowing Assad, the so called moderate Sunnis and ISIS will incorporate all of Syria and part of Iraq into their caliphate.
This will mean we will have to continue our air campaign in Iraq and Syria, but now we will have to go after a much wider and more entrenched target, which is equipped with our equipment.
We should continue the air strikes, arm the Kurds, and provide advisers to the Iraqi Army. If we have to arm the Syrians, we should sell them low quality arms with no spare parts.
Donald A. Moskowitz
The Pennsylvania State University
Class of 1963