It is about time. A couple of comments.
First, Mike is the first career Special Forces officer who has been given overall command of an operation in the Middle East/South Asia since 9-11. There probably no one better qualified from any branch to do this.
Second, I hope that his mission is not only a train and equip program but that he is allowed to orchestrate a campaign in Syria that is based on unconventional warfare. Congressmen should be demanding a comprehensive UW campaign based on this excerpt:
“They can show you lots of information on who they trained, where they came from and what kind of gear we gave them,” one lawmaker told The Daily Beast about the CIA training program. “But they can’t tell you what happens to them once they cross the border into Syria.” This lawmaker said this is because Obama has opposed embedding any U.S. personnel inside the opposition units once they are trained. “This is like throwing a bunch of guns over the border and saying, ‘Good Luck.’”
If they do that and a comprehensive UW campaign turns out to not be feasible I am sure that Mike will so inform the leadership. But a train and equip program is insufficient to accomplish our strategic objectives.