Skip to comments.‘US close to OK on arming Syrian rebels’
Posted on 06/09/2013 5:45:40 PM PDT by haffast
WASHINGTON (AP) Moved by the Assad regimes rapid advance, the Obama administration could decide this week to approve lethal aid for the beleaguered Syrian rebels and will weigh the merits of a less likely move to send in U.S. airpower to enforce a no-fly zone over the civil war-wracked nation, officials said Sunday.
White House meetings are planned over the coming days, as Syrian President Bashar Assads government forces are apparently poised for an attack on the key city of Homs, which could cut off Syrias armed opposition from the south of the country. As many as 5,000 Hezbollah fighters are now in Syria, officials believe, helping the regime press on with its campaign after capturing the town of Qusair near the Lebanese border last week.
Opposition leaders have warned Washington that their rebellion could face devastating and irreversible losses without greater support, and the warnings are prompting the United States to consider drastic action.
Secretary of State John Kerry postponed a planned trip Monday to Israel and three other Mideast countries to participate in White House discussions, said officials who werent authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.
(Excerpt) Read more at timesofisrael.com ...
"However Kerry, who was expected to arrive on Tuesday, has postponed his trip. The State Department never formally announced when he would be coming back to the region, nor did the Prime Ministers Office officially announce that a meeting had been scheduled with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Both Israeli and US officials indicated the delay was due to scheduling problems stemming from Netanyahus twoday trip to Poland on Wednesday. No new date for a visit has been announced.
Last week, at an address to the American Jewish Committee in Washington, Kerry said that he has visited Israel in March, April and May, and I will be back soon.
One Israeli official dismissed some speculation that the postponement had to do with any problems in Kerrys efforts to re-launch Israeli-Palestinian talks, saying that if there were a crisis, Kerry would definitely be coming to try and solve it."
One of these things is not like the other.....
We’ve been arming them for a while, Biden said so in the VP debate!
We should not get involved in this mess. but try telling that to dipstick.
he doesn’t want to see his Muslim brotherhood buddies defeated.
Oh, great, more arms that AL QAEDA will use against us.
This will come back to haunt us and sooner than later.
I am convinced and have been for a long time that this administration is on the side of the Muslims.
Lordy this administration is out to get us all killed
Libya: Osama Obama & Pals backed the greater of two evils (again,deliberately)
Syria: Going for the Trifecta?
Assad is a murderous barbarian.
The rebels are worse.
The Won always picks the option that is worse for this country, for Western Civilization, and for freedom itself.
I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction. — Barack Hussein Obama
So when is it that we declare war on Syria...
“That’s the rumor” — Doc Holliday
Our government’s facetious nature and stupidity are boundless.
Give them all the latest hardware; it’ll level the playing field later, when our own guys have to go in and clean up Obama’s mess.
I will stand with the Muslims regardless." Barack Hussein Obama 2012
This new UN woman, Samantha Power, has expressed hate for Israel before so I don’t believe we should expect anything else.
It was her that pushed for us to take action in Libya. She wants to impose her will on others and she’ll use our military to do so.
I cannot WAIT for the next liberal brainstem to tell me that Reagan armed the Taliban.
NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND IS OK WITH ARMING THEM, THEY ARE AL QUAIDA