Obama Administration ramping up plans to arm Syrian Rebels (al-Qaeda and Hamas)

Just last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned against arming the Syrian rebels because they are made up of al-Qaeda and Hamas. So what has changed? For one thing, there are two Republican Senators who have served as blockers for the administration on this issue. Both John McCain and Lindsey Graham support arming the rebels.

Via Foreign Policy:

The Obama administration is moving to provide direct assistance to the internal opposition in Syria for the first time, marking a shift in U.S. policy toward a more aggressive plan to help oust President Bashar al-Assad.

Last week, a group of senior Obama administration officials met to finalize a package of options for aiding both the internal and external Syrian opposition, to include providing direct humanitarian and communications assistance to the Syrian opposition, two administration officials confirmed to The Cable. This meeting of what’s known as the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council set forth a new and assertive strategy for expanding U.S. engagement with Syrian activists and providing them with the means to organize themselves, but stops short of providing any direct military assistance to the armed opposition.

For now, riskier options, such as creating a no-fly zone in Syria, using U.S. military force there, or engaging directly with the Free Syrian Army, are all still off the table. But the administration has decided not to oppose, either in public or in private, the arming of the rebels by other countries, the officials said.

“These moves are going to invest the U.S. in a much deeper sense with the opposition,” one administration official said. “U.S. policy is now aligned with enabling the opposition to overthrow the Assad regime. This codifies a significant change in our Syria policy.”

This U.S. alliance with Hamas, al-Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood is possibly the worst of all possible options.

Again, the balance of power in the Middle East is tilting dramatically in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood. Giving them Syria will tilt it exponentially further. All the while, this alliance is causing the United States to provoke Iran, Russia, and China by defending a much greater threat to western civilization – the Muslim Brotherhood – the same entity it defended against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.


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