By JONATHAN WEISMAN and JEREMY W. PETERS1:12 PM ET
Speaker John A. Boehner endorsed the president’s plan, despite divisions within his Republican ranks, saying the House would likely vote next week to authorize training of Syrian rebels.
What the hell? It’s like saying, House supports Roosevelt and British in fight against Nazis, likely to vote for funds next week to support anti-British rebels in India.
Assad is fighting ISIS. ISIS is terrible. Assad is less worse than ISIS and arguably the only force of stability in Syria. We should support Assad, or at least not fight him, in the same manner we teamed up with Stalin in WWII, even if it means eventually we may tire of Assad and need to contain him. The fact that only a year ago we were talking about bombing ISIS’s biggest enemy in the form of Assad shows how helter skelter and unstrategic our approach to the region is.