Skip to comments.US committed to providing non-lethal aid to Syria opposition
Posted on 04/21/2013 2:58:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
US Secretary of State John Kerry says the US will double its non-lethal assistance to Syria's opposition as the rebels' top supporters vowed to enhance and expand their backing of the two-year battle to oust President Bashar Assad's regime. The additional aid, which brings total non-lethal US assistance to the opposition to $250 million since the fighting began, highlighted the United States' support for a political solution to the crisis in Syria, Mr Kerry said.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Kerry’s treason continues.
How about sending them the US Congress instead of aid?
That would qualify as "lethal" aid... and would be cruel.
We’re giving them money to spend on “on lethal” aid so they can spend more of their own money on the lethal stuff ... makes a lot of sense!
Correction: We’re giving them money to spend on NON-lethal things so they can spend more of their own money on lethal stuff!
It’s a short excerpt, because the source is AP (better safe than sorry).
US readies aid package for Syria rebels
John Kerry, US secretary of state, expected to pledge $130m in non-lethal assistance during “Friends of Syria” summit.
Kerry Says U.S. Will Double Aid to Rebels in Syria
By MICHAEL R. GORDON and SEBNEM ARSU
Published: April 20, 2013
Syria opposition voices frustration with international backers
One senior opposition figure said arms were already being sent from some countries but acknowledging this at the meeting would provide cover for countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar to openly help the rebels. “The world must know if they don’t agree on our right to receive weapons this will be the last meeting the opposition attend. We will not attend any meetings after this,” he told Reuters.
Britain and France renew efforts to lift arms embargo on Syrian rebels
Syria: Negotiated political settlement is the only option
A negotiated political settlement is the only option despite failed regional intervention and the lack of vision shown by the main opposition
By Haytham Manna
Published: 20:00 April 21, 2013
[snip] ...it is clear the dictatorship is not serious in calling for a negotiated political solution. President Bashar Al Assad is confident that the oppositions political forces no longer represent real power, neither in the arena of military confrontation nor in the eyes of most Syrians. All regional and international attempts to unify the military factions have failed to create a command with a defined political programme. Qatari and Turkish actions in forming an interim government and giving Syrias Arab League seat to the SNC have produced a major rift between the Saudi and Qatari positions, and this is reflected in the military field. The Saudis, ironically, support the more secular forces, while the Qataris support the Islamists. [/snip]
Russia said this was not a good idea a month ago as it only explodes the situation.
Syrian rebels told by West to unify and reject extremism
Syrian opposition rejects extremism in nod to Western demands
April 20, 2013
Mariam Karouny and Nick Tattersall | Reuters
Syrian opposition calls on Hezbollah to withdraw fighters from supporting regime
Clashes in Syria; rebels seek foreign intervention
Assads Forces Break Through Rebel Blockade of Military Bases
Syria army seizes Jdiadet al-Fadl ‘killing dozens’
hmmm, Assad or the Muslim Brotherhood? I think I will eat pop corn and meditate.
It was nice of Russia to help create the problem by going all-in to support the dictatorship. Iran has trained 50,000 paramilitary thugs, and they’re not going to accept any “negotiated” settlement. Assad will have to be assassinated to leave office. He started the bloodshed (if one doesn’t count the massacres carried out by his father), and now every jihadist faction on Earth appears to be fighting inside Syria, or recruiting proxies (as Iran has done, training Syrian thugs and employing the Hizzies from jihadist occupied Lebanon), all fighting each other. The main combat phase may go on for two or three more years, but there will be no more unified faux-nation of Syria.
It is supposed to be non-lethal aid. I can't speak for ya'll, but those barstards are killing me.
More 'Arab Spring' type nonsense.
Who are we giving money to?
Exactly who, or what, is "Syria's opposition" ?
Who are the 'rebels' trying to overthrow the Bashar Assad government?
They are really Obama's old pals, known to most of us as Al-Qaeda.
Unlimited supply of pressure cookers... The stupidity of the administration continues.
a quarter of a billion US TAXPAYER dollars in “nonlethal aid”
to al Qaeda
who the gods destroy, they first make crazy
Just what is the surprise in those Cracker Jack boxes? Ambassador Stevens would certainly like to know.
Anyone still think that the House controls the purse strings.
The House is a joke. The Congress is a joke, and our Secretary of State traitor is a joke,
Our government is helping Islam build a Muslim caliphate. After it destroys Israel, it will come after us - and oboma will see to it we're broke, our military weak and queer, and the American people are without self defense (he'll have bought up all the ammo).
I believe oboma has declared Jihad on America. We're seeing more and more proof of it every day.
Good.....Let 'em all kill each other and let Allah sort it out.
Belgian Police Arrest 6 on Charges of Recruiting for Syrian [Jihadist] Insurgency
It's short, but incomplete. Obama is providing aid to the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood. Syria is still being controlled by Shia Iran. This is the execution of a war for Muslim world dominance, a renewed caliphate, as confirmed by Muslim Brotherhood Prime Minister of Egypt, who we installed, just as Jimmy Carter installed Khomeini in Iran, and confirmed by Erdohan, Turkey's prime minister. This is also also the assertion of Sunni supremacy over the region, discouraging Iran from renewing the millennial war with Sunni and their Saudi financiers.
One should not ever lose site of Percy Sutton's critical bit of information, that Obama’s patron, beginning at least with Occidental College, was Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal, whose offices funded the Muslim Brotherhood, all US Mosques and Madrases, and who, according to Vernon Jarrett in 1979, Valerie's father-in-law, was funding an education program, obviously Wahabbi, for US black and Hispanic youths. Since Wahhabis limit education for women, it was for black and Hispanic males. He also provided 20 million dollars to Harvard, about when Obama was admitted, and later founded the Alwaleed bin-Talal Center for Islamic Studies at Harvard, and then at Georgetown, Cambridge, and American University.
Don't forget Hillary's right hand, former Muslim Brotherhood employee, along with her whole family, Huma Abedin, or Muslim convert while CIA Station Chief in Riyadh, John Brennan, now Director of the CIA. We are the Muslim Brotherhood, who killed and maimed last week in Boston. It is probably no coincidence that the Al-Habri scion was at the scene of Chechen operatives last week. They are funded by the Saudis, and needn't soil their royal robes while financing the Koranic invocation to "Destroy the unbelievers."
The most effective of the jihadist militias has joined with Al-Qaeda, and that’s the main reason for the sudden doubling of US aid and the training assistance in Jordan for the previously crumbling FSA, as well as the renewed moves in Europe to officially lift the arms embargo.
Arms have been shipping to the various militias from various sources, including the Gulf (of course) and eastern Europe. The ethnic jihadist gangs which have arrived get their arms and ammo from whatever source their homeland uses.
It’s interesting and informative that Qatar and the Kingdom support different factions; the Turks were aligned with Qatar, which is the reason Kerry and Obama have been intercoursing Israel (the apology); the Turks’ main concern was the rapidity of the collapse of their former budding alliance with Iran.
Iran played Erdogan and got him diplomatically and militarily isolated, then when Syria blew up, revived ties with Russia — Turkey’s major enemy, historically — and immediately started massive aid to Syria, including troops ( last year already) both Iranian and Hizbullah proxies. Syria is obviously disintegrating, and Turkey doesn’t want another Lebanon, particularly one with a common border.
It’s already too late to stop that.
The Turks will have to deal fairly with the Kurds now, because they’ll need both a new ally and a buffer state against the various fellow bloodthirsty Muzzie despotates (Syria, Iraq, perhaps eventually Iran), and will have to make a series of additional politically suicidal moves — rapprochement with Israel, EU-acceptable concessions on Cyprus (TRNC), improved relations with Greece.
Sending them the US Congress would qualify as casus belli. If Ted Kennedy were still alive, casus jelli belli.
None of that is in the original article.
We’ve been “broke” since long before any of us were born.
That’s the best possible outcome — but would be even better if the battlefield shifted east a few hundred miles, into Iran. I’m sure it will, but may take a few years.
I WAS going to get up and stretch. But you've done that for me.
We wanted to give them lethal aid, but it had already been shipped to Egypt.
“US committed to providing non-lethal aid to Syria opposition”
What? Pepper Spray? Tasers? Ice cream sundaes?
Time to throw some more grandmothers off the bridge.
I’d send them every muslim who’s entered the US in the past 30 years. One way tickets.
So? Do you have a problem with concerned citizens helping others to understand the context? You didn't ask for references for anything I said?
I assume that John Kerry-Heinz is just trying to be humorous.
Plenty of money for Syria while Obama fires Marines and cuts the finest defense force on Planet Earth - even as terrorists blast Boston and North Korea boasts of incipient nuclear attacks.
The level of contrarian stupidity of this administration leaves one absolutely breathless.
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