Even though Gen. Salim Idriss’ actual influence on the civil war in Syria was virtually gone after December, when the Islamic Front seized all his warehouses full of US goods and his office, the formal dismissal of Idriss from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) leadership position has the US scrambling to find a new “face of the revolution.”
The defector general was the nice, moderate, Western-friendly face of a military dominated rebellion that realistically no longer exists, as the FSA’s relevance is near nil and the civil war is increasingly dominated by al-Qaeda factions.
To make matters even more difficult for the Obama Administration, Idriss’ replacement, Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir has few international ties and seems much less inclined to be “America’s man in Syria.”
As a practical matter, the fighting on the ground is all done by Islamist factions now anyhow, but the US ability to spin their support for the rebels in general as shoring up a moderate faction led by Idriss is seriously compromised now, and the Obama Administration will struggle to sell its ongoing military aid to rebels as anything but de facto backing for radical Islamist factions.
3 thoughts on “US Loses It’s Syrian ‘Point Man’ With Dismissal of FSA Chief”
Manipulation-manipulative politics will get you nothing but delusions. You simply can not eat the cake and have it at the same time. The root of the Syrian problem is Saudis, the root of the problem in Middle East is Israel, now that we know they are working-cooking up "regional" politics, what USG-EU needs to do is: stop supporting either or get the hel out of the kitchen and let the people of Middle East solve their problems that are caused by the western politics in manipulations.
I wonder if John McCain and his South Carolina poodle have caught on yet that they really stepped in it when they called for the US to support and arm radical Islamist factions that despise the US and our supposed "allies" in the region.
I just can't believe as America lost it's moral compass, we are all expected to lose ours as well. It's tough my country now so openly falls in on the side of barbaric religious thugs, but it is wrong and there is no argument about this. Whether it be neocon open war or neolib war by plausible deniability, we can see easily what this country is all about.
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