By Matt Purple
The Trump administration announced last week it was canceling a CIA program to provide Syrian rebels with arms and training, and I’ll give you three guesses as to how the media framed the story. If you went with “misleading hysteria over Russia,” you are correct. The Washington Post, which broke the news, ran with the headline: “Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow.”
Count it as yet another example of the press’s inability to distinguish between policy that coincides with Moscow and policy that is meant to serve Moscow. In this case, there’s no evidence whatsoever that Trump was acting under the thrall of Vladimir Putin, as the Post insinuates. More likely is that the president axed the CIA initiative because—as many of us have been warning since long before Russia sent its military to Syria—it wasn’t working. Additionally, it constituted an unwise intervention in the Syrian Civil War, which holds little interest and no good options for the United States.
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Matt Purple is a fellow at Defense Priorities and the editor of Rare Politics.