Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii spoke to Fox News show host Tucker Carlson on Monday night about what she knows about the current war in Syria. "This isn't a matter of giving weapons to people, but they end up falling into the wrong hands. We are directly arming militants who are working under the command of al-Qaeda, all in this effort to overthrow the Syrian government," Gabbard said. "We have been providing direct and indirect support to al-Qaeda, the very group which attacked us on 9/11, that we are supposedly continuing to fight against and trying to defeat."

Al Qaeda was created in the 1980s with money and weapons that the CIA program passed to the mujahadeen through the intelligence services of Pakistan in what was called Operation Cyclone, with the intention of combatting the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. "The thing that should make everyone feel sick is that people would rather support, directly and indirectly, al-Qaeda, than actually give up their regime change goals," Gabbard added. 

In July, President Trump cut off the CIA program that was providing money, supplies, and weapons to rebel groups supposedly fighting Russian forces in Iraq and Syria, according to the Washington Post. On Monday, the president tweeted: "The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad... So many stories about me in the @washingtonpost are Fake News. They are as bad as ratings challenged CNN. Lobbyist for Amazon and taxes?"

Here follows a partial transcript of the exchange between Carlson and Gabbard:

REP. TULSI GABBARD: For the benefit of your viewers, let's talk about what this CIA program actually was. It has been widely reported that for years now, the CIA was provding arms, intelligence, money, and other types of support to these armed militants who were working hand in hand, and who are working hand in hand, and oftentimes under the command of al-Qaeda in Syria. 

This isn't a matter of giving weapons to people, but they end up falling into the wrong hands. We are directly arming militants who are working under the command of al-Qaeda, all in this effort to overthrow the Syrian government.

TUCKER CARLSON: That is grotesque. Why would anyone defend this? 

GABBARD: It is this addiction to regime change. And this idea that somehow this is what must be done, without actually looking at the facts. We have been providing direct and indirect support to al-Qaeda, the very group which attacked us on 9/11, that we are supposedly continuing to fight against and trying to defeat. 

The thing that should make everyone feel sick is that people would rather support, directly and indirectly, al-Qaeda, than actually give up their regime change goals. 

In May, Jack Murphy -- a veteran of US special forces -- wrote of the misgivings and consternation of US special forces operating in Syria and Iraq who have been training locals with US weapons and in US military tactics and doctrine. He recounted:

“Nobody believes in it. You’re like, ‘Fuck this,’” a former Green Beret says of America’s covert and clandestine programs to train and arm Syrian militias. “Everyone on the ground knows they are jihadis. No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort, and they know they are just training the next generation of jihadis, so they are sabotaging it by saying, ‘Fuck it, who cares?’”

“I don’t want to be responsible for Nusra guys saying they were trained by Americans,” the Green Beret added. A second Special Forces soldier commented that one Syrian militia they had trained recently crossed the border from Jordan on what had been pitched as a large-scale shaping operation that would change the course of the war. Watching the battle on a monitor while a drone flew overhead, “We literally watched them, with 30 guys in their force, run away from three or four ISIS guys.”
 

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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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