With Assad teetering and ISIS, al Nusra, and the Kurds jockeying for position after his fall, the U.S.’s preferred option still fields fewer fighters than a college football team. CNN reports:
The United States has only trained approximately 60 Syrian rebel fighters as of July 3, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, saying the number is “much smaller” than the administration hoped to train at this point.
“I said the number 60, and I can look out at your faces and you have the same reaction I do, which is that that’s an awfully small number,” he said.
Well, heck of a job we’re doing here. As Max Abrahms said on Twitter:
Imagine how much weaponry each of the 60 moderate rebels in Syria is now wielding. Those are dangerous men.— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) July 7, 2015