But in the last month of its existence, the hapless Obama administration announced that it will give shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles to so-called rebels in Syria.
This is stark raving madness.
Russia is rightfully worried that the missiles will be used against its forces in Syria, but that's only the start.
There is no clean line of separation between supposedly peaceful, moderate rebels and murderous Islamists.
Members of the Free Syrian Army, one of the groups trained and supported by the Obama administration, defected to Jabhat al-Nusra, the local al-Qaeda franchise now known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham.
Nearly half of all so-called rebels are jihadists or hardline Islamists.
So-called rebels burned the buses which were being used to rescue mainly Shia civilians trapped in Aleppo.
The Druze would like Israel to protect them against Syrian Islamists.
Turkey shipped weapons to so-called rebels in Syria, helping Islamic State kidnap and sexually enslave thousands of Yazidi and Christian girls and women. Turkey, of course, is run by the Sunni sultan Erdogan who believes that the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are merely democratic elements in politics. Barack Obama might not be an actual Muslim, but he's the next best thing, a useful idiot for Islamists including the Muslim Brotherhood.
Congresswoman and Hawaii National Guard Major Tulsi Gabbard is one of the only sane voices, given her protesting the arming of so-called rebels in Syria.
We will soon see the shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles used to down military aircraft operated by both Syria and Russia.
And then we will see those missiles used against civilian aircraft in Europe, making the truck slaughters in Nice and Berlin look rather quaint by comparison.