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, known as the Islamic State, or 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 Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Shiite followers. Their enemy is Mr. Assad and the Shiites, not the fellow Sunnis of ISIS. If they succeed in overthrowing Mr. Assad, the “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 that is equipped with our equipment.
We should continue the airstrikes, 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