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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Talk Of Arming Syrian Rebels Grows In White House

This citizen journalism image shows Syrian rebels taking cover in the the Barzeh district of Damascus, Syria.(AP/Local Council of Barzeh)

This citizen journalism image shows Syrian rebels taking cover in the the Barzeh district of Damascus, Syria.(AP/Local Council of Barzeh)

Arguments in favor of arming Syrian rebels are gaining ground in the White House, according to officials quoted Thursday.

Obama Administration officials have been holding a series of high level meetings this week in response to rapid changes on the ground in Syria.

The administration is sifting through increasing evidence that the Syrian regime may have used chemical weapons. At the same time, while Syrian rebels associated with radical Islamist groups remain the most potent force against the regime, U.S intelligence agencies say that important parts of the Syrian opposition may be breaking with Islamist affiliated groups, making U.S. cooperation with them possible.

The discussion of increasing U.S. involvement in the 2 year old Syrian conflict comes as the regime of President Bashar Assad insists that the momentum in the long conflict has turned back in the government’s favor.

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  • BHA_in_Vermont

    Have we learned NOTHING AT ALL!?!?!?

    Where did the Taliban come from? US! – We funded and armed the  Mujahideen in Afghanistan under our standard foreign policy of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. This policy has ALWAYS failed. We are STILL fighting the Taliban.

    The Syrian opposition are no fools, they know all they have to do is say “we want a secular, democratic government” and we will throw money and weapons at them.

    The answer to the question is – NO, and we apparently never will.

    No money, no weapons, provide health care and education for US citizens at home instead.

    • Petergeorge42

      We have absolutely no clue; I agree with you 100% – spend the money here where it is desperately needed.

  • http://profiles.google.com/barry.kort Barry Kort

    America was founded by pilgrims who were seeking a land where they could live in peace, free from the oppression of a monarchical government.

    Is there even one piece of land on this God-forsaken planet where people can find peace, free from the machinations of political violence?

  • youxian

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  • Petergeorge42

    I listened to Senator McCain on one of your programs, this morning, discussing arms for dissidents in Syria. Has he learned absolutely nothing from the failures of US incursions in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. I could not believe he was actually supporting the enforcement of a no-fly zone with missile attacks by the US military. He had absolutely no answer to the problem of arms supplied initially to bon fide insurgents subsequently falling into the hands of terrorists. Thank God he did not become our President.

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