Op Ed on Syrian Policy

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  1. g8orbill

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    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamas-syria-policy-mess_735325.html

    From the article:

    However, there are other administration officials who tell the press that the White House is not going to send weapons to the opposition. Josh Rogin at the Daily Beast writes that his source “says that lethal arms are not part of the new items Obama has now authorized.” “The president,” says this official, “has made a decision to provide the Syrian opposition with military items that can increase their effectiveness on the ground, but at this point it does not include things like guns and bullets.”

    So is the White House arming the rebels or not? There’s been confusion since Thursday afternoon when Sen. John McCain said on the Senate floor that Obama “will announce that we will be assisting the Syrian rebels by providing them with weapons and other assistance. I applaud the president’s decision.” Shortly after, McCain retracted his remarks, explaining that “the president has not made the final decision on arming.” Afterward, McCain’s spokesman, Josh Rogin reported, said the senator had been told by reliable sources that Obama was planning to arm the rebels.

    A White House conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon hardly clarified matters. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes was asked several times whether the White House intended to arm the rebels, or if it was just going to provide more of the direct non-lethal military assistance (like vehicles and night-vision goggles) that was promised in April but still hasn’t reached the Syrian Military Council. “I can’t go through an inventory of the type of assistance that we’re going to provide,” said Rhodes. “But suffice it to say it’s going to be substantively different from what we were providing certainly before our initial [chemical weapons] assessment in April.” Responding to another request for details, Rhodes said, “I’m not going to be able to inventory the types of support that we’re going to provide to the SMC.” Later there was more of the same: “We’re just not going to be able to lay out an inventory,” said Rhodes, “of what exactly falls under the scope of that assistance other than to communicate that we have made that decision.”
  2. gatordowneast

    gatordowneast Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps Obama will retrofit a few Chevy volts with sunroofs so the rebels can stand up and shoot while on the move provided the batteries don't catch on fire?
  3. gatorev12

    gatorev12 Well-Known Member

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    I don't see why this is something we should be critical of, bill.

    The Syria situation appears to be lose-lose for us: prop up a douche like Assad or support Islamic radicals who are trying to overthrow him.

    Given that one of our chief mistakes in foreign policy over the last 60ish years had been to rush into such situations without much regard to their future consequences, this is a rare moment when I can acknowledge Obama is doing the right thing.
  4. G8trGr8t

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    there are 3 parties in Syria though, moderate rebels, AQ, and Assad (backed by Hezbollah fighters) and to some degree they are all fighting each other. The moderate rebels are the only ones not getting any meaningful support. Sad.
  5. dadx4

    dadx4 Well-Known Member

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    Why would we support the rebels when they have set up an Islamic state in northern Syria.....Oh wait....that's right. Hussein is not a muslim.

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