They're "strategically preferable" to Assad. How they terrorize Syrian civilians doesn't matter. Establishing another regional puppet state is all that counts.
They're needed to defeat Iran. The Islamic Republic "constitutes a far greater and more immediate threat to US national interests."
"So long as".jihadis are committed to fighting (as US proxies), we should quietly root for them"."
Weeks ago, hawkish American Enterprise Institute's Danielle Pletka urged more direct US help for Syria, saying:
"Washington must stop subcontracting Syria policy to the Turks, Saudis and Qataris." It's time for direct involvement.
On August 31, Foreign Policy (FP) contributor James Traub headlined "The Time for Action," saying:
More active US intervention is needed to oust Assad. The "moral case" for doing so is "incontrovertible." A no-fly zone "could turn the tide." So might safe havens.
If America "wants the rebels to win, then it should be doing everything it can to help them".to (stay) on the right side of history."
Traub wants America off the sidelines and on the field. Delaying until post-election is "consummate cynicism. (Obama) should act now, before it's too late."