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U.S. Policymakers Think Syria Needs al-Qaedaa

August 9. "The FSA needs al-Qaeda now." FSA stands for the "Free Syrian Army" and Ed Husain is making this statement not on some mad Islamist extremist website, but as "Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies" for the very proper "Council on Foreign Relations" site. Madeleine Albright, Robert Rubin and Colin Powell are among its Officers and Directors.

Husain says the FSA is tired, chaotic and ineffective while "The influx of jihadis brings discipline, religious fervor, battle experience from Iraq, funding from Sunni sympathizers in the Gulf, and most importantly, deadly results." The FBI is making hell for the lives for a score of leftists on (no doubt bogus) charges of giving "material aid to terrorism".

And here the U.S. establishment is smiling as the most extreme Islamists possible march into Syria. Of course, they will not go in naked. They will be well supplied with training, equipment and weapons if not by the FSA generously supplied if not directly by the U.S., by the "moderate" Gulf monarchies.

Lest I remind you this is al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden's crew. Ed Husain admits that their goal in Syria is " to create an Islamist state in all or part of the country".

But this is OK with the Obama Administration. "The unspoken political calculation among policymakers is to get rid of Assad first-weakening Iran's position in the region-and then deal with al-Qaeda later."

Husain approves of this. However, he covers his bets by telling the policymakers to start now planning to minimize al-Qaeda influence down the road.

This logic was tried before. In Afghanistan Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and the Saudis flooded the mujahadeen fanatics with money and Stingers. Most of the money went to Hekmatayar the most extreme and most anti-American of the extremists. As Jimmy Carter's NSA man Brezezinki said in '98 all we were risking was some creating some "agitated Moslem".

It amounted to a little more than that, didn't it Zbignew? The mujahadeen morphed into Al-Qaeda and the Taliban and we found out what their agitation meant on 9/11.

Make no mistake. Ed Husain and the "policymakers" are leading us down that deranged path once again.

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