The problem with choosing a horse in the race over there in Syria is, we get ourselves into bad situations like this, where we are in alliance with Turkey who, apparently, wants to throw the "moderate Syrian opposition" to the wind.
This concept of "moderate Syrian opposition' is EXTREMELY DUBIOUS to me.
And yet, here we are in league with Turkey AND the Moderate Syrian Opposition, while Russia is clearly anti-ISIS (which means theoretically they are on our side) as well as standing against the "moderate Syrian opposition".
And so, what are we supposed to do; oppose Russia because they are going after "moderate Syrians"?
Anyway, for several weeks now, I have noticed that some Conservative commentators claim Russia is attacking ISIS, while some claim Russia is not attacking ISIS, but instead that Russia is attack our friends in the region.
Who are these Moderate Syrian Rebels?
Here's a comment which was emailed to me:
I remember early on in the Syrian conflict seeing images of crated arsenals in the hands of jihad rebels. The crates, had English lettering. In my mind the stories we have access to are scripted for public consumption. The real stories can be hard to ferret out.
I remember the Elizabeth O'Bagy media blitz - a woman who was a darling and "expert" on Syria until it was found out that she had falsified her CV. After her think tank fired her for fraud, Senator McCain hired her as a staffer. So a woman who is unethical is rewarded for a script which is compliant to the Administration line. What we are reading perhaps has a kernel of truth. What the greater truth is, only a few people know.
So who are the moderate rebels? I haven't a clue.