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U.S. Secretly Shipping Weapons to Syria
Judicial Watch ^ | January 29, 2014

Posted on 01/29/2014 11:11:11 AM PST by jazusamo

Though it’s been well documented that opposition forces in Syria are mostly run by Islamic terrorists—mainly Al Qaeda—Congress has secretly approved U.S. weapons flow to what officials describe as “moderate” Syrian rebel factions.

The problem with this is that there are no “moderate” rebel forces in Syria, according to a number of reputable news reports, both domestic and international. In fact, the New York Times published a piece last spring that confirms Islamist rebels—including the most extreme groups in the notorious Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda-aligned force—are running the show in Syria. “The Islamist character of the opposition reflects the main constituency of the rebellion,” the story says. “Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.”

It continues: “From the beginning, it was clear to geopolitical analysts that the conflict in Syria was not pro-democracy protesters rising up, but rather the fruition of a well-documented conspiracy between the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia to arm and direct sectarian extremists affiliated with Al Qaeda against the Syrian government.” A few months later a British newspaper reported that in Syria jihadists are the largest and best armed faction in the opposition.

With that said, the Obama administration’s secret operation is essentially forcing American taxpayers to arm the very jihadists that want to murder them. The astounding development of this back-door scheme was reported this week by an international news agency that cites U.S. and European officials. “The weapons deliveries have been funded by the U.S. Congress, in votes behind closed doors, through the end of government fiscal year 2014, which ends on September 30, two officials said,” the report says.

Government officials on both sides of the Atlantic claim the weapons are going to “moderate” rebel factions, not terrorists. The goods include light arms and anti-tank rockets that are being shipped to “non-Islamist Syrian rebels” through Jordan, the story says, reminding that just last month the U.S. and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to Syria because Islamist fighters seized western-backed rebel weapons facilities. Now we’re sending them weapons! Not surprisingly, the “most transparent administration” in history refused to comment when contacted by the news agency.

Here’s some history that could help explain the stealth weapons program. A U.S.-based group that advocates for Syria’s rebels is defining and steering policy in the Obama White House as well as Congress. It’s called the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF) and last year a 26-year-old SETF Syria expert (Elizabeth O’Bagy) convinced the president, secretary of state and some federal lawmakers that Syrian rebels are mostly moderates and not terrorists. Arizona Senator John McCain even dedicated a portion of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting to an O’Bagy opinion piece calling for U.S. military intervention in Syria and dismissing concerns about Al-Qaeda terrorists running the rebel operations.


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1 posted on 01/29/2014 11:11:11 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

I’m guessing they came out of Benghazi.


2 posted on 01/29/2014 11:15:13 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: jazusamo

The referenced article is thus:

(Reuters) - Light arms supplied by the United States are flowing to “moderate” Syrian rebel factions in the south of the country and U.S. funding for months of further deliveries has been approved by Congress, according U.S. and European security officials.

The weapons, most of which are moving to non-Islamist Syrian rebels via Jordan, include a variety of small arms, as well as some more powerful weapons, such as anti-tank rockets.
(Clipped. Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/27/us-usa-syria-rebels-idUSBREA0Q1S320140127 )


3 posted on 01/29/2014 11:15:33 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: jazusamo

Both sides are fanatical subhuman savages. Arming one or the other is madness.


4 posted on 01/29/2014 11:16:43 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: I want the USA back

But that concept worked so well in Afghanistan..... /sarc/


5 posted on 01/29/2014 11:19:50 AM PST by Pecos (The Chicago Way: Kill the Constitution, one step at a time.)
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To: jazusamo

Great find. I cross posted the original Reuters account here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3117114/posts


6 posted on 01/29/2014 11:20:41 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: Gaffer

No doubt in my mind you’re correct.


7 posted on 01/29/2014 11:22:07 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Pecos

or Mexico. These guys have been gun walking since they started.


8 posted on 01/29/2014 11:24:19 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Good post, thanks.


9 posted on 01/29/2014 11:24:25 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
Best solution I've heard so far is

10 posted on 01/29/2014 11:24:58 AM PST by McGruff (I'm a conservative. Not necessarily a republican.)
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To: jazusamo
400 missiles stolen in benghazi
11 posted on 01/29/2014 11:25:06 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: McGruff

Amen to that!


12 posted on 01/29/2014 11:26:30 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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13 posted on 01/29/2014 11:27:19 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

Seems like we want the regime to topple to the terrorists then we can justify sending troops to die fighting the terrorists! I love it when a plan comes together.


14 posted on 01/29/2014 11:28:06 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: jazusamo
THIS is the sort of stuff most Americans do NOT want the US government involved in. It's not that we're isolationists. Most of us simply want much, much less interference in other nations. The only exception would be for those nations that directly threaten VITAL US national interests.

I would love to hear either the Obama administration or our own neoconservatives, like McCain, explain how the Syrian revolution is of a vital national interest to the US. While the administration is at it, I'd also love to know why the State Department considers the export of abortion and homosexuality (by arm twisting other nations) is vital to our foreign policy.
15 posted on 01/29/2014 11:29:26 AM PST by CitizenUSA (Sodomy and abortion: the only constitutional rights cherished by Democrats.)
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To: jazusamo; Gaffer

16 posted on 01/29/2014 11:33:33 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: CitizenUSA

Well said...We’ll never hear from 0bama, McCain and others why the Syrian revolution is vital to our interests because it isn’t and they can’t make it so.


17 posted on 01/29/2014 11:34:22 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: null and void

didn’t post.....little box with an X


18 posted on 01/29/2014 11:34:27 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: jazusamo

After Lockerbie Reagan ordered airstrikes against Kaddafi, who later went on a decades-long hobby of buying up MANPADS big-time. Right before the fall Libya had 21,000,of them.

Intel Ops are always more quiet if they don’t require huge amounts of outside funding, so why not help knock off Syria with barely guarded muzziles laying around in Libya..?

BENGAZI: MISSILES FOR MUZZIES


19 posted on 01/29/2014 11:34:32 AM PST by gaijin
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To: Gaffer

http://www.politicolnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ajohnmccain2.png


20 posted on 01/29/2014 11:38:08 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: null and void

Error 1011 Ray ID: f486517c3fc0166

Access denied

What happened?

The owner of this website (www.politicolnews.com) does not allow hotlinking to that resource (/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ajohnmccain2.png).


21 posted on 01/29/2014 11:40:19 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: null and void

Actually had to cut and paste because the site owner didn’t allow hotlinking. Still worth seeing....thanks.


22 posted on 01/29/2014 11:41:36 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: null and void

Thanks, null and void. It’s way past time for McLame to retire.


23 posted on 01/29/2014 11:42:42 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

I think a lot of other countries see us a pushy, arrogant Americans for good reason, but arming rebels? That’s on an entirely different level. These rebels are not fighting for a free Syria unless freedom means creation of another theocratic, anti-US Islamic state.

The administration made a total mess in Libya. They are in the process of surrendering on Iraq and Afghanistan. They almost managed to help create a hostile Islamic state in Egypt (fortunately overthrown in spite of our efforts). Why would any sane person trust the Obama administration on Syria? They’ve only produced one dismal failure after another.


24 posted on 01/29/2014 11:43:46 AM PST by CitizenUSA (Sodomy and abortion: the only constitutional rights cherished by Democrats.)
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To: jazusamo
Arizona Senator John McCain even dedicated a portion of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting to an O’Bagy opinion piece calling for U.S. military intervention in Syria and dismissing concerns about Al-Qaeda terrorists running the rebel operations.


25 posted on 01/29/2014 11:45:24 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: CitizenUSA
"THIS is the sort of stuff most Americans do NOT want the US government involved in."

That's true but quite a few in Congress seem to be listening to Bibi.

26 posted on 01/29/2014 11:45:33 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: Gaffer
It's as if they don't want people to see their content!
27 posted on 01/29/2014 11:46:30 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: I want the USA back

Arm both, and let Allah sort it out.


28 posted on 01/29/2014 11:46:32 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: null and void

Maybe...I finally got it. Shows you what McCain has really been up to. He is insane.


29 posted on 01/29/2014 11:48:01 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

And, I kinda half expect one of McCain’s minions to call me and tell me “He’s not insane, his momma had him tested.”

Shades of Big Bang Theory.


30 posted on 01/29/2014 11:49:15 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: jazusamo

“Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.”

Notice the anti-religious litmus test.


31 posted on 01/29/2014 11:52:05 AM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: Gaffer

Insane is the kindest possible explanation.


32 posted on 01/29/2014 11:52:30 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: jazusamo
The fact that Uncle Scam is funding and arming Al-CIA-duh is not a new revelation. Uncle Scam using Muslim jihadists as a Geo-political weapon is nothing new.

Operation Ajax

Al-CIA-duh has ALWAYS worked for Uncle Scam.

Al-CIA-duh is the sword of the New World Order.

33 posted on 01/29/2014 12:04:22 PM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Gaffer

I won’t say McCain is insane. Suffice it to say I totally disagree with his approach to most things. Yet, he keeps getting reelected, so he can stand on that and claim to have the support of most Americans. We aren’t going to change him. If Americans don’t want the US to arm rebels in Syria, then we need to quit sending the likes of McCain to DC. That is the fundamental first step toward reigning in the federal government. We have to change the people who run it!

BTW, that’s not an easy proposition, because the McCains of this world have considerable power. I don’t count out any of them, because they will do nearly anything to hang onto power. It will take a populist political revolution of epic proportions to kick the bastards out. I know of no nicer way to sum it up.


34 posted on 01/29/2014 12:07:07 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Sodomy and abortion: the only constitutional rights cherished by Democrats.)
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To: jazusamo

F’ing idiots all. They are arming our enemies outside our borders and inside our borders are trying to dis-arm us.
That should tell even the most brain dead voter who and what they are in DC (yeah, yeah, I know....It won’t matter to LIVs)


35 posted on 01/29/2014 12:08:17 PM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: jazusamo

The US govt gives out arms like candy to rebels in the middle east, but I can’t buy an AR-15 in CT.


36 posted on 01/29/2014 12:51:56 PM PST by kickstart ("A gun is a tool. It is only as good or as bad as the man who uses it" . Alan Ladd in 'Shane')
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