Obama Finally Authorizes Clandestine U.S. Support for Syrian Rebels

Thursday, August 2, 2012

If like me, you have questioned the coherence of President Obama’s policy toward the Syrian rebels, news that Mr. Obama has signed a clandestine order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is welcome news.

President Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels push Assad out of power.

The development could signal a shift toward growing support for Assad’s armed opponents – a shift that intensified following last month’s failure of the U.N. Security Council to agree on tougher sanctions against the Assad government.

However, the White House is stopping short of giving the rebels lethal weapons, even as some U.S. allies have begun doing just that.

U.S. and European officials who previously characterized Syrian rebels disorganized, and chaotic, are reporting noticeable improvements in the effectiveness of Syrian rebel groups in the past few weeks.

The murderous death regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is now estimated by the United Nations’ sources to be over 10,000 in the 14-month long uprising.

SOURCE: Reuters

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8 Responses to Obama Finally Authorizes Clandestine U.S. Support for Syrian Rebels

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    Syria is a puppet state of Iran nowadays. Russia and China in their Security Council roles may have voted down NATO actions to oust Assad but at the end of the day, what will they be able to do if NATO act? No, the real support Assad enjoys is from Tehran. If NATO acts, Israel should go on heightened security.

  2. Brigadoon says:

    If Syria had as much oil as Libya, Obama’s war drones and war planes would’ve been bombing the shit out of Assad’s headquarters and not Muammar Gaddafi. Oil is always the gliding motivation.

  3. Vivzz says:

    Did this news come from yet another White House leak?

  4. The Real Adam says:

    The Obama administration can’t claim reluctance to depose Assad is tied to Russia’s and China’s Security Council voting record.

    Russia and China voted the same way when the U.S. joined NATO to depose Qaddafi.

  5. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    This is not the first time the CIA has gone rogue. Read William Blum’s “Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II.

    It’s quite an eye opener and will change your opinion that the agency is benign. In fact, the agency is highly political and activist.

    The book can often be found in retail discount bins and on Amazon.

  6. Rachel says:

    Watching the nightly news and seeing Assad’s goons slaughter men, women and children who have no dog in this fight is disgusting. It’s shameful to me how utterly detached the Obama administration has been to date. What made Libya more important? Why the urgency there and the Syrians were simply abandoned by the west.

  7. Marburg says:

    However, the White House is stopping short of giving the rebels lethal weapons, even as some U.S. allies have begun doing just that.

    So what will “clandestine support” mean? Raw eggs? Puffy balls? Marshmallows?

    If we’re going to lead the effort to oust Assad and stop Syria from becoming the western state of Iran, then lethal weapons are the only answer.

  8. DMason says:

    Marburg is correct. If the U.S. doesn’t arm the rebels, their success will be hampered.

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