Trump deciding to cut CIA funding for Syrian rebels undermines America’s effort in the country and benefits Russia, asserts Natasha Bertrand of Business Insider. These rebels were the last thing directly standing up to Syrian president Assad, who has killed many of his own people. Trump is backing down from confronting Putin, Assad and the oppression they have enabled. His decision will not only hurt America's standing in the region but its relationship with key local allies as well. Meanwhile Russia can assert its dominance as the main influence in Syria, while the US loses its foothold.
The president’s decision to end funding to Syrian rebels fighting the government is wise, infers Tim Hains of Real Clear Politics. Poor oversight resulted in US funds ending up in the hands of al-Qaeda. Too focused on overthrowing Assad, the program ended up being ineffective, costly and even counterproductive. This is reflective of America’s failed efforts to fund groups in the region that end up being close to extremists. Trump is right to stop this as the downsides by far outweigh the upsides. It's in America's best interest to remove itself from the mess that is the Syrian civil war.