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Some new reports say that the CIA is expanding a Covert training program for so called moderate rebels to help them regain lost ground in Syria.
However sources tell the Washington Post is not really enough to make a significant impact this.
As there are growing concerns about the rise and extremist groups in Syria.
And the threat they pose to the entire region overall Syrian rebels initially welcomed al-Qaeda linked fighters as allies in the war against president -- -- revolt.
But now some opposition forces are turning on al-Qaeda groups for putting their jihadist message and agenda headed the school at toppling the regime.
Peter Brookes writes in an op Ed piece saying quote if the rebels -- you can bet it won't be the secularist who take over Damascus.
Whether it's an Islamist or terrorist state -- complete chaos.
It won't be good news for -- and others in the region Peter -- is also a former CIA officer and former deputy assistant secretary of defense and joins us.
Now with more Peter.
Was the bottom.
Of the barrel so to say this was the worst the worst that could happen that you say you're taking your piece that the worst may be yet to come why.
Yeah well I I -- I was bothered by the fact that people were kind of distracted by the chemical weapons -- I mean it's great they were getting chemical weapons that are if we can actually do it.
It's good that they wouldn't fall into terrorist hands.
But the killing continues there's in fact is -- urging picked up the pace of the war after the chemical weapons deal was cut.
Plus you have did the rebels on the other side that are not only just trying to fight the Assad regime they're fighting each other and and of course civilians are caught in the middle we already have a 100000 dead.
Two million refugees.
Are living outside of Syria today and many many more people in distress so we have no Syria policy it's still a -- and we should let it we shouldn't let these chemical weapons deal make us feel good that things are better in Syria.
This story that Jon read is one that really caught our attention today and in our team because that is the town where the chemical weapons attack happened -- here.
I -- -- forces are now just starting out the town.
And and folks inside the villagers saying we actually can't -- family so no we don't have to chemical weapons falling an S but we.
-- able to survive.
Go back to the way that you're making about new brighter policy in serious the question that you and your article -- like it its biggest thorn beyond that.
What's our plan for the rest of it you know -- -- -- -- for Syria overall.
What should be the game plan.
Well we should -- there's not many good choices left unfortunately Jenna because we waited so long.
If that Washington Post article -- came out -- a very interesting time for us today because the fact of the matter is is their assessment.
Now I'm not sure this is the government's assessment but they say the government's assessment is they're trying to help the moderate groups not to win.
But just didn't force a stalemate that will force a political solution.
I mean Syria is important to the United States it's an ally of Iran I mean it's a it's a friend of Hezbollah to state sponsor of terrorism.
And my sense is that we just don't have a comprehensive policy for dealing with the trouble -- besides the whole humanitarian disaster.
And the chemical weapons I mean we really should have had a plan for a long time now we don't have a lot of good choices I've been calling in my colleagues have been calling for us to have developed.
Eight a moderate secular force that could have supported American interest in Syria years ago and -- this Washington Post article is is very is deeply concerned.
-- -- is read the line that you're mentioning because it did definitely stood out to me is rob Peter the CIA's mission officials said.
Has been defined by the White House's desire to seek a political.
Settlement so that's the news from the Washington Post today I'm just seeing how -- cross right now.
From Reuters an international team a chemical weapons experts is made encouraging initial progress.
The UN says on Thursday.
So some might say -- Peter we've had this discussion on our show.
That chaos is good for -- -- then continue fighting.
Because then we don't have to get to halt and that is one in that one of the opinions out there why do you disagree with that the chaos is not good breast.
Well I'm worried about I'm worried about the rise of the islamists.
I'm worried about the rise of that the terror groups this Islamic state of -- of Iraq and Syria called ISI SE goes by some other names as well.
These are al-Qaeda affiliates and I worry about the lawlessness and the chaos -- on governed places that where these guys can plan train and operate.
Now if they win at me I think there's a chance they could -- they could take over Damascus that's not good for us it's not good for our friends in the region Israel Jordan Turkey now what happens if you -- -- team wins and -- we're gonna get it at a group there that's a state sponsor terrorism is likely to go back to try to get nuclear weapons remember they had a nuclear program that was being built by the north Koreans until 2007.
When the Israelis took it out -- -- -- -- there are we have American interest in this part of the world.
You know -- the president talks about pivoting to the Pacific.
Well he can't get out of the Middle East because we have so -- interest there and we have to have a policy and plans for advancing and protecting American interest in that part of the world.
Here in great to have you on the program is nice attention -- because we actually we covered Syria a -- and for a couple days now being so involved with the government shutdown we have even talked about ourselves as nice to keep that on the radar thank -- so much.
Thanks for having me.
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