Shank's warning was ignored, and his worst fears came to pass.
And the U.S. is still financing the jihadis in Syria. For example, the government is pushing an additional $500 million in arms to the jihadis.
We are literally bombing our own weapons.
A similar dynamic is operating in Iraq. Specifically, the U.S. is now arming the "Peshmerga" (i.e., the Kurdish soldiers).- Advertisement -
But the Wall Street Journal notes that there are reports that Peshmerga are fighting side-by-side with the PKK ... a group designated as terrorists by the U.S.:
"A U.S. defense official couldn't confirm whether the meeting took place and stressed in response to reports that the PKK was fighting alongside the Peshmerga that 'it's hard to tell from Washington who's on the front line in a Kurdish-Iraqi fight.'
"The U.S. has designated the PKK a terrorist organization, and the U.S. 'doesn't do business with them,' the official added."- Advertisement -
By arming the Peshmerga, the U.S. is also putting weapons into the hands of the PKK.
If we stop arming, funding and training terrorists, then maybe we won't have to bomb them later.