Photo of Obama noticing the red line
Update: 14:01: The New York Times is reporting that there will be little change in the type of aid. We will send small arms, ammunition, and possibly anti-tanks. Anti-aircraft weapons are allegedly off the table. There will be no troops on the ground.
President Obama is voting “present.” We have yet to hear from him directly. Yesterday he was at an LGBT event.
Original Story: 06/13: The US has decided to provide military support to the Syrian rebels who have pledged allegiance to al Qaeda and, if they win, have promised to attack the US.
The Syrians have used chemical weapons – Obama’s red line. Bill Clinton said Obama would look like a “fool” and a “wuss” if he continued to do nothing. That seems to have propelled the president to action.
Unfortunately, Obama waited until al Qaeda established itself as the heart of the rebel resistance.
The US will provide direct support to the [Supreme Military Council]. That includes military support,” Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes told reporters.
President Obama will consult with G8 leaders at the conference next week on how to proceed. A no-fly zone is a strong possibility.
At this point, Jordan and Israel are in danger should either side win.
President Obama had an opportunity to act on Syria at the very onset of the crisis. Doctors, students, everyday people joined forces with generals who wanted freedom for their people.
One general at the time pleaded with the US for help. He said that foreign fighters were coming to join the fight and he didn’t want them. Foreign fighters are al Qaeda forces.
President Obama, who dragged us into Libya for humanitarian reasons, saw no humanitarian reason here. In Libya, Qaddafi threatened – did not act – but threatened to kill the 800 – 900 residents of Benghazi which was and is an al Qaeda stronghold.
More than 90,000 Syrians and fighters have died in the Syrian civil war, many are women and children, but there was no humanitarian justification here for the president.
We are now faced with Hezbollah fighting alongside Assad. Weapons being transferred to Hezbollah from Assad have been subjected to three successful attacks by Israel. Israel is doing what we refuse to do. If unchecked, the weapons would shift the balance in the region in favor of the Hezbollah terrorists.
Al Qaeda has joined forces with the rebels. It is impossible now to separate them.
Iran has a satellite government set up in Syria. Russia is contributing arms and intelligence. All to help the butcher Assad.
The danger now is that arming the rebels means arming al Qaeda who want a radical Islamist state in Syria. We are looking at a possible Axis of Evil such as the earth has never seen before.
Another problem centers around the weapons already in Syria, particularly the chemical weapons. Many came from Iraq prior to the Iraq war, by Hillary Clinton’s own admission. We should be bombing the weapons out of existence but we won’t.