Obama's Syrian policy goes down the rabbit hole

How messed up (keeping it clean here) is Obama/Clinton foreign policy?  In Syria, the U.S. has been fighting a proxy war with…itself.  And we’re not talking metaphorically.  We’re talking a real shooting war, at least according to recent reporting.

Buzzfeed’s Mike Giglio reports that Syrian rebel troops, armed and supported by one branch of the U.S. government, are now fighting a different rebel army backed by another branch of the government.

The infighting between American proxies is the latest setback for the Obama administration’s Syria policy and lays bare its contradictions as violence in the country gets worse.

The confusion is playing out on the battlefield -- with the U.S. effectively engaged in a proxy war with itself.  “It’s very strange, and I cannot understand it,” said Ahmed Othman, the commander of the U.S.-backed rebel battalion Furqa al-Sultan Murad, who said he had come under attack from U.S.-backed Kurdish militants in Aleppo this week.

(It should be noted that the report was published shortly before the “cessation of hostilities” effectively froze recent territorial gains.)

According to the report, Othman’s Furqa al-Sultan Murad receives weapons through the CIA in its fight against the Assad regime and ISIS.  The Kurdish rebels, often referred to by their YPG acronym, are armed by the Pentagon as part of its efforts against ISIS.  But shortly before the cessation of hostilities, the YPG overran key rebel villages in northern Syria, which the U.S. failed to stop.

An official with the Turkish government criticized the U.S. for what he described as a Syria policy gone awry. “The YPG is taking land and villages from groups that are getting American aid,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the subject. “These are groups that are not only getting American aid. Some of them also got training from the Americans.”

“That is a major problem,” said Andrew Tabler, a Syria specialist at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “It’s not just that it’s a nonsense policy. It’s that we’re losing influence so rapidly to the Russians that people just aren’t listening to us anymore.”

Perhaps the administration’s Syrian policy, and the overall failed policies of the Obama-Clinton regime in all areas, is best summarized by the Furqa al-Sultan Murad commander quoted in the article:

Othman said he was in regular contact with his American handlers about the problems on the ground. “The Americans must stop [the YPG] — they must tell them you are attacking groups that we support just like we support you,” he said. “But they are just watching. I don’t understand U.S. politics.”