February 23, 2014

More Talk About Support for Syrian Rebels

In remarks on Monday, Feb 17, Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Russia’s continued support for the Assad regime.  In Jakarta, just before flying to Abu Dhabi, UAE, he said, “They’re, in fact, enabling Assad to double down, which is creating an enormous problem.”

US policy has been, for some time now, to push for a “political” solution to the Syrian Civil War, one in which Assad is deposed.  In fact, Kerry has flatly said several times that Assad can have no place in Syria’s future.  (Rather odd, coming from someone who, as late as 2009, was dining with Assad and his wife, in spite of the Syrian government’s connections with Hezbollah and the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq.)  The complaint now is that Russia will not abandon its long-time ally in the region, thus prolonging the war.

Citing “frustration” with Russian support for Assad, the US has reportedly begun talks with the Saudis and Qataris about possible increased support for the Syrian rebels.  The administration is insisting that, contrary to Saudi desires, this support will not extend to more advanced and heavier weapons, such as the Chinese man portable SAMs and Russian anti-tank guided missiles the Saudis have been wanting to supply to the rebels.  (This is, of course, assuming that such supply is not already being moved into the country by the Saudis and Qataris without the US’ say-so)  Instead, the plan is for money, transportation, and intelligence to be funneled to the rebels.

From the above-linked NYT article: Mr. Obama has also been influenced by growing fears that Syria is becoming a training ground for a new generation of terrorists and may become even more of a haven until a political settlement is reached. “That’s one big change from a year ago,” a senior American diplomat said. “And it’s beginning to haunt everyone with memories of Afghanistan.”  


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is a former Reconnaissance Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006, and again in 2007, with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Recon Bn. After two years of schools and workups, including Scout/Sniper Basic and Team Leader's Courses, he deployed to Afghanistan with 4th Platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, I MEF. He is now a tactical tracking instructor and the author of the military thrillers Task Force Desperate and Hunting in the Shadows.

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  • Recon6

    JRomeoWhiskey    Rec'd +1....and I have a pet rabbit and I Never pick it up by the ears....6

  • JRomeoWhiskey

    When I was growing up, a long time ago, misspeaking was called lying, and there were unpleasant consequences for that misspeaking.  Leading from behind was called following and no one confused that with true leadership.  It is unrealistic to expect people who use this language as if it were real to be strong leaders in a world that only respects strength.  When Susan Rice can publicly make obviously fallacious and reprehensible statements about Benghazi, and be viewed with any credibility, one has to ask oneself if there is any connection to reality inside the beltway.  We are so far down the rabbit hole in the middle east right now we are not going to be able to pull that rabbit back out, even if we can get it by the ears...just my observation.

  • Recon6

    ColonelProp Rec'd +1 ....6

  • ColonelProp

    Correct - the progressives are evil beyond comprehension....radical environmentalism, planned parenthood, demise of US exceptionalism...all tools to carry out a massive genocide of the unwashed. They really want only ~500M serfs rules by ~10M elites...the rest are the ends justify the means. The level of genocide is orders of magnitude higher than the commies and nazis... Just the banning of DDT alone has caused tens of millions of deaths due to malaria in the third world....more than the nazis would have dreamed. Lying is just a tool for progressives.

  • ColonelProp

    And the cost of ammo now...cripes...