If American foreign policy ever seems confusing, wasteful, and counter-intuitive — it’s because it is, and there’s no better example than the U.S. involvement in Syria.
A Pentagon-supported rebel militia named The Syrian Democratic Forces have begun battling a CIA-armed group called Fursan al Haq, or Knights of Righteousness, in northern Syria, reported The Los Angeles Times.
In other words, your tax dollars are being spent to arm two different group of people who are now fighting each other.
The conflict began when Fursan al Haq was run out of a suburb of Aleppo and decided to retaliate.
“Any faction that attacks us, regardless from where it gets its support, we will fight it,” Fares Bayoush, a leader of Fursan al Haq, said in an interview with The LA Times.
This is not an isolated incident. Gunfights between different American-backed militias have been reported in the town of Azaz and in the neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsud in Aleppo.
So rather than battle ISIS or the Syrian government, rebel forces have decided to take American arms and fight each other. This is only slightly less productive than when U.S.-backed rebels gave their weapons to an Al-Qaeda affiliate who were fighting alongside the Islamic State.
After years of embarrassment in Syria, the U.S. government has decided to invest heavily in the Kurdish population in the northern half of the country.
Commander Gen. Joseph Votel that about 80 percent of the fighters in the Syrian Democratic Forces were Kurdish, but that too has caused tensions with our NATO ally Turkey.
The Kurds want their own ethno-nation state. The problem is that many view parts of Turkey as belonging to a future Kurdistan.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Turkey has been battling Kurdish separatists from within their own country, and tensions between the two people are running high, especially after the failed coup back in July.
While Syria is just the latest example of the failure and humiliation of American intervention, our involvement with the Kurds and Turkey may be the next case of blowback created by U.S. foreign policy.