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July 7, 2014 - 4:49 pm

The heart of the Obama Administration’s policy to overthrow Assad in Syria has been the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which has been provided U.S. taxpayer-financed weapons training, small arms, and, most recently, TOW anti-tank missiles.

This has been done under the pretense that the State Department has carefully selected the FSA as “vetted moderates,” ensuring that those weapons wouldn’t end up in the hands of Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

Many, including myself, have scoffed at this policy since the State Department has a poor track record in recent decades of identifying “vetted moderates,” expressing concerns that there was never any guarantee those weapons wouldn’t end up in the hands of terror groups.

But reports emerging from Syria confirm those fears stating that FSA brigades in eastern Syria have surrendered their arms and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State announced recently by ISIS:

Sources and eyewitnesses in the border town of al-Bukamal east Syria informed Zaman Alwasl that many factions affiliated with FSA have pledged allegiance with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) amid a huge public attendance, where their weapons have been handed over to “ISIS”.

The source said brigades of Ahl Al Athar, Ibin al-Qa’im, and Aisha have pledged allegiance to the State after clashes that ended quickly for the benefit of ISIS, while the leader of these brigades and factions have fled to the countryside of al-Bukamal into neighboring towns in Deir Ezzor province.

In fairness, the FSA as “vetted moderates” policy has been a laughable bipartisan folly, receiving support from John McCain and Lindsey Graham, among other Republicans.

But past incidents of US-backed FSA weapons caches falling into the hands of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra over the past year have not prompted any reconsideration of this policy. Thus, it is unlikely that this most recent dramatic setback is going to give either the Obama administration or McCain GOP foreign policy orbit a moment of pause.

Patrick Poole is a national security and terrorism correspondent for PJMedia. Follow me on Twitter.
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Even the use of that ambiguous word, "moderate" has less than no meaning when applied to the incompatible Muslim 'culture' based upon their Koran.

it's oxymoronic to even think of any such thing as a "moderate Muslim". They are either practicing Muslims who read those Koran verses requiring death to each of us "infidels", meaning of course all of those who're not Muslims; or they're themselves apostates who're supposed to be killed also. their Koran says so.

Our Western [Occidental] Civilization mindset is simply incompatible with the Oriental [Eastern] Muslim mindset. So we must recognize and act upon the reality that we're talking over the shoulders of Muslims.....whooooosssshhh.

We must recognize that we are at war with Muslims. They remind us of this themselves repeatedly. We refuse to see the reality of this continuous war against Muslims. They want our heads, literally. Read their Koran.

This should not be "news".
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Who could have seen this coming?
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Who?

Serious-thinking Western Koran readers in Congress [not domestic political-thinkers] in the White House and inside the Pentagon...readers of the Muslim Koran should've realized the major East/West cultural conflict inherent in Muslim-think as stated in the verses of their Koran. We're simply not wired the same way as practicing Muslims.

Our august Congress-persons have blinkered themselves by thinking as naifs. It's a willful inability to recognize our Muslim enemy for who they really are, and who remind us of their bloody intentions against us.

This of course will be vigorously denied defensively, but as more of our young American blood is spilled in that arena, the public will probably have a 1960's style civil disobedience to our Governments policies.

The tragedy is that the American blood being spilled over there in that arena is so very young.
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