From last night’s thread:
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 5:04:32 AM · 23 of 29
MestaMachine to Ernest_at_the_Beach
Mr. Obama notably did not commit himself to providing arms to the rebels or to supporting them militarily with airstrikes or the establishment of a no-fly zone, a stance that has led to a rise of anti-American sentiment among many of the rebels.
That is the kind of half-step that has led to mounting frustration in Syria, peaking this week with the blacklisting of the Nusra Front. Far from isolating the group, interviews with Syrian rebels and activists show, it has for now appeared to do the opposite. It has united a broad spectrum of the opposition from Islamist fighters to liberal and nonviolent activists who fervently oppose them in anger and exasperation with the United States.
The widespread dissatisfaction among rebel groups and the broader population raises the possibility that now, just as the United States is stepping up efforts to steer the outcome in Syria, it may already be too late.
More than 100 antigovernment organizations and fighting battalions have called online for demonstrations on Friday under the slogan, No to American intervention we are all Jabhet al-Nusra, a reference to the Nusra Fronts Arabic name.
Anti-American sentiment is growing, because the Americans are messing up in bigger ways lately, said Nabil al-Amir, an official spokesman for the rebel military council for Damascus and its suburbs, one of the committees that the United States and its allies are trying to coax into a unified rebel command. With every step to correct earlier mistakes, he said, they make a bigger mess.