The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Logical, yes, but it completely falls apart in the Middle East. There, the enemy of my enemy could be my friend but not trustworthy enough to be a friend so the enemy is still an enemy but we’ll fund that enemy as long as it fights the other enemy… yeah, it’s complicated.
Well, it just got a lot more complex. The U.S. just accidentally bombed the Syrian rebels, both the ones we support and the ones we don’t. A recent coalition airstrike targeted and destroyed an affiliate group of Al-Qaeda, but also damaged a base belonging to the “moderate” Syrian rebels, which was right next door.
An article in Hot Air quotes, “Andrew Tabler, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies, said the Obama administration is not coordinating with the FSA (the moderate rebels) because it still doesn’t believe it can trust the FSA with sensitive information about ongoing military operations”
So… How did that conversation go, when we decided not to coordinate with them? “Okay, guys, we’re going to help you fight ISIS. No, we’re not going to help you take out Al-Assad, your original enemy. No, we aren’t going to trust you with information of what we’ll be up to, either. Actually, just assume we can’t tell the difference between you or the enemy we’re targeting. But don’t worry! We’re going to give y’all a ton of weapons. Promise not to use them against us in about ten years, right?”