Hopefully, the Beltway foreign policy clerisy will heed the monitory advice of one of our best informed analysts. Michael Rubin’s post at Commentary reminds me of the phenomenon I began to witness and wonder about in 1993: How it was that Washington political officials, who knew precious little about Islam, presumed to know more about the “true” Muslim creed than scholars like the Blind Sheikh, who were renowned and in a position to command acts of terrorism because of their lifetimes spent mastering Islamic scripture and sharia jurisprudence. Michael, who has been traveling in Iraq and speaking to the locals who are intimately familiar with their Syrian neighbors, writes:
With all due respect to congressmen and some advocates for arming the Syrian rebels, those in the region are better able to vet Syrian rebels than U.S. officials 6,000 miles away.
And upon vetting the “rebels,” what is their conclusion?