Another thread on the NSA and phone records has gone astray with talk about funding of the rebels. So, should the rebels be funded? If no, why not? What is the purpose of funding the rebels. I have thought about this and have come to the conclusion that there is a gambit being played by the US. *There is no way the US would fund Assad. This would be helping Iran and a rogue government in Syria and we do not want to do anything that helps Iran. This would definitely not be in our own best interest. *Funding the rebels is a gambit that could help us in the long run or, as gambits are want to do, come back and bite us. There are some wild ideas floating around the 'net on funding the rebels. Like almost all wild ideas I believe they are wrong. Those who say Obama is funding the rebels to help Moslems and harm Christians, IMHO, simply are not thinking of the big picture. Simple answers satisfy them and simple answers are wrong. So, let's look at this situation a bit: Who are involved? Two Islamic groups and both hate the west and the United States. How can we take advantage of this? Fund one group and suck both into an Iraq type war whereby two of our powerful Islamic enemies are fighting and killing each other. We stay out, as far as personnel, and supply weapons to help them kill each other. I believer there is no doubt that Al-Qaeda has infiltrated rebel groups. There should be no surprise in this. With their help the rebels were on the move, capturing territory and towns. What happened? Iran comes to the aid of the Assad government and as things deteriorate for Assad what should happen but that Hezbollah comes in on the side of Assad. Now to this point the gambit is working. We now have two extremist Islamic groups fighting and killing each other. Two of our sworn enemies fighting and weakening each other. Two sworn enemies are now involved with each other and cannot pay as much attention to the US. Not bad for us .... at least so far. So, what can go wrong. One side wins. It does not matter which side, it probably would be bad for us. The trick is how to keep them fighting and no one wins? That is the trick, the tightrope we walk ... in a manner of speaking. Please join in and please be thoughtful and rational. Thanks.