Aaron Turkiewicz
Aaron Turkiewicz voted up Walt O'Reagun's answer

Those of us old enough, remember the Cold War "proxy wars" ... Where the US and USSR trained one side or the other.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are in that position now.  They are the "regional powers" using proxies to die for their agenda in other nations.

It was a dumb idea during the Cold War, … Read more

Aaron Turkiewicz
Aaron Turkiewicz voted up Ray Dart's answer

Hey, here in the UK, the military and other advisors are getting all sorts of flak for training the Saudis! As for the Syrian rebels, well, that hasn't worked, on any level. We have handed the initiative to Putin without a whimper. Welcome to extended war in the middle East. (And I'm a "goddamned liberal".)