Politico is reporting some exciting news about the US efforts in Syria. It should make you really optimistic about American national security. Evidently, we've spent about $250 million in a program to train 60 Syrian rebels to challenge the Islamic State for control of the region. It comes out to about $4 million per person we're spending.
If that's true - and I hope it is - it will be the least foolish and wasteful Pentagon program in a long while.
I can only cross my fingers and hope the trend continues. Just think of it: Yeah, we're blowing a quarter billion on a laughably minuscule number of fighters. It almost guarantees they'll either join up with one of our enemies at the first opportunity or that someone will flat-out butcher them. It makes us look like complete idiots, really. But you know what? We don't look like quite the idiots we usually look like. That's for damn sure.
Millions lost. You have to scour the Pentagon halls a long time to find a program that only wastes that kind of money. Millions? With an M? I can hardly believe it.
And think of the blowback! More specifically, think of how little blowback there will be. None of these guys is a homicidal dictator who will make an entire nation hate us before he goes out in a squalid collapse. There aren't enough of them to form their own terrorist group and kill thousands of American soldiers or civilians. They're not a country, so they can't take our money and then make us look like chumps by spying on us. They probably can't even destabilize the Middle East, because that's already been done by all the other guys we helped.
We got lucky this time, people. I only wish every failed US foreign policy program could cost this little. But that's probably too much to hope for.
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