Should the U.S. support Syrian rebels?

Rebel fighters carry their weapons along a trench in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor on March 24. The CIA is stepping up training and military assistance to moderate rebels, according to U.S. sources. AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. is providing more arms and training to the moderate rebels in Syria, under a growing secret program run by the CIA in Jordan. Sources tell NPR that secret program could be supplemented by a more public effort in the coming months involving American military trainers.

The change in strategy comes as the White House sees Syrian leader Bashar Assad growing in strength, and continuing to strike rebel strongholds.

Today’s Question: Should the U.S. support Syrian rebels?

  • Sue de Nim

    It would be better than sending our own troops. Still, wasn’t that how we got mired in Vietnam initially, growing numbers of “advisors”?

    • Jim G

      I’m conflicted. Good intentions do not guarantee a good result. There is so much suffering and death there. I want it to stop, however I also want Assad to face justice; for what he has done to his own people is criminal.

  • Chris Rathbun

    It’s a quagmire and it’s best the US stay out of the region, so my answer is no.

  • PaulJ

    Yes, just as long as we remember who’s surrogates we are fighting.
    You spend a dollar at Walmart, it goes to China who supports Iran. They back the Hezbollah who are fighting your tax dollars in Syria.

    • Joe

      Why does Walmart hate America so much?

  • Rich in Duluth

    No.

    The U.S. should continue economic sanctions, diplomacy, and patience.

    The use of our military as a diplomatic tool is wrong. Military actions always result in civilian casualties. There is no way to keep the military materials that we send to Syria away from extremists and we may well end up training people who will use that training against U.S. interests. The only way the U.S. should participate militarily is through a U.N. peace keeping force.

  • Joe

    Nope! If the US wanted Assad gone to dismantle the secular socialist states in Mesopotamia creating an unstable buffer region between Iran and Saudi Arabia they should have marched through Baghdad to Damascus about a decade ago. This administration hasn’t been very good at gun running, either.

  • Jeff

    No, there is no point to doing so…let the regional powers that are actually affected by this civil war duke it out.