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English: WASHINGTON (June 4, 2009) U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman, left, Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and John McCain listen to Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus deliver his opening remarks for the fiscal year 2010 budget request. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O’Brien/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)






Obama moves forward with plan to arm Syrian jihadists

Despite knowing that the opposition in Syria is driven by jihad and brutal Islamic surpemacism and its players include the Taliban and al Qaeda, Congress has caved to Obama’s demand to arm the jihadists.

Two weeks ago, House and Senate Intelligence panel members voted to block Obama from arming Syrian jihadis, but Obama going to arm them anyway.

Even uber-left media outlets like the NY Times have admitted that “nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.”

Syrian cannibal Photo from the video of Syrian jihad “rebel” eating the heart of an adversary

Source: Obama to move forward with plan to arm Syrian rebels By Brianna Kielar. Jessica Yellin and Tom Cohen, CNN Tue July 23, 2013

  • NEW: Congressman worries about U.S. arms going to future enemies
  • White House spokesman says military aid is to keep the Syrian opposition going
  • Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Martin Dempsey: U.S. military involvement could cost billions

Washington (CNN) — Reluctant approval from Congress for providing military support to Syrian rebels allows the Obama  administration to move forward with plans first announced almost six  weeks ago.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday that the goal of the military aid  expected to include small arms, ammunition and perhaps anti-tank weapons is to keep the Syrian opposition going against forces aligned with  President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Noting al-Assad’s forces  have been helped by Hezbollah in Lebanon as well as Iran, Carney said  Syrian rebels need the help of the United States and allied nations to  withstand an increased assault.

“The aid is intended to  help the opposition resist Assad and eventually prevail,” Carney said,  adding that any resolution of Syria’s civil war will require a political transition.


His comment appeared intended to soften any expectations that the rebels could topple the regime by military means alone.

A source speaking on  condition of being identified only as an official said Monday that  President Barack Obama can begin acting on plans for increased Syrian  aid first made public last month now that concerns of Congress had been  resolved.

House Intelligence  Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers said Monday that his panel agreed to the administration’s plan for military aid despite reservations about  its chances for success.

“After much discussion  and review, we got a consensus that we could move forward with what the  administration’s plans and intentions are in Syria consistent with  committee reservations,” the Michigan Republican said.

At a congressional  hearing on Tuesday on next year’s defense budget, GOP Rep. Rich Nugent  of Florida said he worried that arming Syria rebels today could mean his sons in the military might face those weapons in the future, if they  fall into the wrong hands.

“We want to make sure  that we don’t put our sons or daughters in any jeopardy particularly as  it relates to arming those that we have no idea who they are,” Nugent  said.

The Obama administration has been reluctant to enter another military engagement, but announced  on June 13 that it would provide military support to rebel fighters  because al-Assad’s forces had used chemical weapons.

Its plans so far stop  short of calls by some in Congress, such as veteran Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, to establish a “no-fly” zone over Syria.

In a letter released  Monday, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey warned U.S. military  involvement would likely cost billions of dollars and include a range of risks for the forces involved.

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“It is no less than an  act of war,” Dempsey wrote to Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan,  who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The United States has  learned from the past 10 years “that it is not enough to simply alter  the balance of military power without careful consideration of what is  necessary in order to preserve a functioning state,” Dempsey’s letter  said in apparent reference to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Syrian opposition questions Taliban rebel role

McCain, who has long advocated arming Syrian rebels, said Tuesday he was disappointed by Dempsey’s letter.

“Most military experts  that I know totally disagree” with Dempsey’s assessment of the size of  the task and U.S. capabilities, McCain said. “The question should be is  the status quo acceptable and obviously that is not.”

Last month, McCain called for taking out al-Assad’s air assets to create a safe zone for the Syrian opposition.

“I know that we have the military capability to impose a ‘no-fly’ zone, to crater their runways  and their fixed installations where fuel and parts are, and establish a  ‘no-fly’ zone with Patriot missiles,” McCain said in June.

“And if we can’t do  that, then the question ought to be asked to the American taxpayer, to  the Pentagon, ‘What in the world are we wasting tens of billions of  dollars for defense for if we can’t even take care of this situation?'”  McCain said.

Dempsey: Syria intervention is “act of war” that could cost billions

More than 100,000 people have been killed since the Syrian crisis began in March 2011, while  refugees fleeing the conflict threaten to overtax government services  and destabilize neighboring Jordan.

In Washington, Secretary of State John Kerry met Tuesday with U.N. agencies and other  international aid organizations to discuss challenges to addressing what he called a humanitarian crisis.

“We are having a very  difficult time being able to access people, move people directly and  protect people so we intend to have a very solid, in-depth discussion  today about creative ways that we can meet our obligations to human  beings who are in huge danger and distress,” Kerry said.

He noted his visit this  week to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan where he said he witnessed “the  dramatic and unbelievably moving ways in which people are separated from homes and family, so many people murdered and killed in massacres and  yet somehow these people try to pull themselves together.”



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