The Washington Post quotes Rafik Hariri Center Resident Senior Fellow Frederic C. Hof on the United States launching armed flights over Syria as part of its anti-ISIS efforts:

“Train and equip as currently construed is going to have a very, very difficult time meeting any of its objectives in terms of manpower,” said Fred Hof, a former US official who is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.


Hof said the program could have negligible impact unless it changes course.

“It could be that when we look at this . . . we may see it was absolutely the emptiest of gestures,” Hof said. “If it continues in its present form, that’s exactly the conclusion we’re going to reach.”

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