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In Syria, the U.S has been rightly careful about whom to aid – but as a result, the U.S. government has provided very little aid and thus created a void that others have filled. It is not yet clear whether Washington understands its own endgoals for the conflict and is communicating clearly how to achieve them. The Saudi government matched all U.S. funds.As a result, however, Washington has delivered very little military aid.Saudi Arabia, Qatar and private conservative Sunni donors in several Gulf States are now delivering arms and aid to some rebel groups that Washington considers dangerous.It is right for the United States to ascertain who gets its arms and aid. If the U.S. government has a clear view of what type of regime we are willing to live with in Syria, and communicates this to our allies, it will be easier to convince them to coordinate their rebel aid efforts with Washington. We must reassure them that the United States is fully engaged in this crisis, and will not let a Hezbollah-supported Assad government, or an extremist Sunni government take hold and destabilize the entire region.
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