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Now to Syria to new reports today that US is being giving to arm rebels there.
Officials say -- -- sending weapons to militant forces quite wary of Jordan.
Giving them trading small arms and ammunition -- holds.
It -- likely cost billions.
But a huge part of the equation is making sure.
That we're not spending money that puts weapons into the wrong hands joining me now is -- Department -- Chris White and welcome back to the show thank you so much for joining us.
Great to be aerial -- I mean how do we possibly make sure that we are putting weapons into the hands of people that aren't our enemies I read that.
We are going to start -- small groups.
Abetted Syrian rebels within a month how do we -- These rebels -- asked how would you do that.
Very hard as got a lot harder over the last two years a lot of the moderates if you will the secularist said either disappeared from the battlefield dead or just gone -- -- -- a lot more jihadist or foreign fighters islamists that type of people.
And also you have to ask you know what's the track record of the agencies involved.
Unclear to me why the CA IC IA is in charge of this mission that is neither Covert nor clandestine.
Military does a better job of training and equipping.
People this is the DS CIA which is sort of the -- ideologically with the State Department in its analysis of Middle Eastern.
Conflict I mean this is the same group of people that backed the Muslim Brotherhood more -- -- in Egypt in Arab Spring so very little confidence were actually going to on the -- Perhaps -- is not a second why do you think the CIA was chosen that.
I don't know I think.
I can speculate that in the military really is not enthusiastic about this not that the military wouldn't do you would -- ordered to do it doesn't have the capabilities to make life very difficult for a side.
But the military wants there to be.
Two things and objective and a strategy -- President Obama hasn't really made clear.
Either of those things and you know OK we're gonna make life difficult for -- -- but who we want to take power what we want Syria to look like after word.
And you know not none of those things have really been answered yet how much do you think this is gonna -- -- -- cost a lot you know there's the Congressional Budget Office estimated just out that only covers I believe the humanitarian part of what's going into Syria and that says four billion dollars.
Put that in perspective the Libya operation cost one billion.
And you know these estimates are always -- -- to start out with so it's going to be expensive and it could potentially be long -- end up being a lot shorter then it could've been because Arab states armed the rebels on the ground that doesn't appear to be happening to the degree it did in Libya.
In Syria Chris.
Is there anything we can do to make sure -- I mean to try and minimize the chance of these weapons go into the hands of people that would eventually use -- against us or against our allies.
Now as I said this would have been a lot easier two years ago when this started but I think our our -- now -- -- -- -- -- -- I think so if you look at the people who have defected from -- -- army.
These are members of the Syrian military who are more inclined to be secular more wary of the foreign jihadist not Islamist people who still want the separation of mosque and state and -- if we can give them arms tell them you must not only fight aside but you must send home foreign jihadist.
And that ensure that islamists are not part of any future government then that's the way to do it but again I'm not sure we really have the situation awareness in the current administration.
Two to you know make that requirement.
-- and happy -- -- tough and -- start Cristian -- so much.
Yeah thanks and the other way to probably up next on my.
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