The cartoon below reflects more accurately than anything else the incestuous relationship between the Islamist rebel groups in Syria; the main US-backed group (and Calamity Dave's favourites) the 'Free Syrian Army' are undergoing all the classic stages of a US supported puppet in meltdown.
US advisors become increasingly concerned at lack of progress on the ground as a return for $123m paid to FSA generalissimo Salim Idriss; Congress is starting to ask awkward questions
Mass defections from the FSA to other Islamist rebel groups from 2013 onwards; 3,000 FSA fighters go over to al-queda group al-Nusra with US weapons and equipment
Salim Idriss retires to Qatar with several million USD to keep him company. New FSA generalissimo al-Bashir asks US for another $100m and promises that this will improve the group's lacklustre performance
Details of kidnap, torture and execution by the FSA documented by the United Nations. More defections to Islamist groups, and details emerge of close links to anti-Western Jihadists. Child soldiers recruited to counteract desertions. FSA asks CIA for more money.
US advisors desperate to set-up little victory for FSA fighters to bolster waning support in Washington; CIA operatives engineer minor skirmish the FSA can't lose, with HD news crews in attendance. FSA screw it up and lose.
Usually, Stage 5 is followed by the mass desertion of the rebel leadership with all the remaining funds and shots of happy ISIS fighters with a bonanza of new troops and equipment.
They just don't learn from experience, do they?