The Associated Press reports that there may finally be a movement underway to arm the Kurds after the Obama Administration has, for years, refused to sell our allies American weaponry. We refused even as we sold some of our finest equipment to the central Iraqi government — equipment that was seized and is now used by the Islamic State (ISIS).
The Kurds have been our allies for eons. They’re a brave and civilized people willing to fight and die to protect their civilians from the advancing jihadists. Kurdish volunteers have continued streaming to the front lines even as fighting against powerful ISIS forces has intensified. They want to fight. They just need the equipment to counter the crap we sold to Iraq that ISIS then stole.
It’s time to cut the crap and arm the Kurds. My position on this is essentially the same as my position on Israel: Let them fight their battles but arm them to the teeth. Their enemies tend to be our enemies. And the people who target them tend to want not only defeat but genocide. We don’t need to send in American ground forces, but we can sell the Kurds American equipment to give them a fighting chance.