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.