Skip to comments.President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria
Posted on 06/15/2013 4:53:52 AM PDT by IbJensen
President Obama has given the green light to the shipping of weapons from the United States to opposition forces in Syria.
In a statement released by Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, the White House claims that our intelligence community assesses that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin.
The Syrian governments purported use of a chemical weapon, the presidents national security statement said, crosses clear red lines for the United States and the international community.
On April 26, President Obama invoked very historic words when asked about where precisely the red line was drawn.
To use weapons of mass destruction on civilian populations crosses another line with respect to international norms and international law, the president warned.
In a letter sent to the White House by Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), and six other senators, intelligence reports were mentioned from the French, British and Israeli governments" that corroborate claims of nerve gas deployment by Assads military.
The president, however, has not always been so sure.
In fact, the senators were compelled to send that letter because they felt that President Obama was waffling on his resolve to commit the United States to adding military support to the millions of dollars in financial support already sent to Syrian rebels.
A recent report by The New American reveals that there may be very good reason to doubt the weapons of mass destruction assertion made Thursday by the president. As The New American noted:
The "varying degrees of confidence" the Obama administration has claimed for intelligence reports of chemical weapons use by government forces in Syria may become more varied and less confident if evidence cited by a United Nations investigator is substantiated. Reuters reported from Geneva on Sunday that one member of a UN team looking into human rights violations in Syria's two-year-old civil war said the evidence pointed to use of sarin gas by the rebel forces.
Carla Del Ponte, a former Swiss attorney general and a member of the UN independent commission of inquiry on Syria, said in a Swiss-Italian television interview that the commission's investigations produced "strong, concrete suspicions" about the origin of the nerve-gas attack.
"Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of Sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated," Del Ponte said. "This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities," she added.
While the United Nations has certainly not proven itself trustworthy, nor should its findings ever be accepted as persuasive by the government of the United States, the report it filed indicating possible use of sarin gas by the opposition army that the United States is now arming should be enough to give the president pause.
There, is however, an even more concrete set of facts that should cause the president to refuse to authorize sending an unidentified arsenal to the hodgepodge host of the enemies of Assad.
On August 1, 2012, Reuters reported on a secret order signed by President Obama providing support to Syrian rebel forces opposing the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Reuters wrote that Recent news reports from the region have suggested that the influence and numbers of Islamist militants, some of them connected to al Qaeda or its affiliates, have been growing among Assad's opponents.
The next day, The New American covered the same story, writing that: Western governments, brutal Sunni-Arab dictatorships, an assortment of terror groups including al-Qaeda, and other powerful interests have all been backing the uprising since long before violence even broke out last year.
Later that same day, in a story covering the violence of the Syrian uprising, the BBC reported:
The al-Qaeda-styled group in Syria is Jabhat al-Nusra li-Ahl al-Sham (the Front for the Protection of the Syrian People).
Like other al-Qaeda affiliated groups, al-Nusra's statements and videos are usually issued by its own media group, al-Manara al-Baida (the White Minaret) in Syria.
Al-Nusra has claimed responsibility for several attacks against the Syrian army, security and shabiha (state-sponsored thugs) since it announced its formation early this year.
Finally, under a headline reading "Al-Qaida turns tide for rebels in battle for eastern Syria, The Guardian (U.K.) reports:
They try to hide their presence. "Some people are worried about carrying the [black] flags," said Abu Khuder. "They fear America will come and fight us. So we fight in secret. Why give Bashar and the west a pretext?" But their existence is common knowledge in Mohassen. Even passers-by joke with the men about car bombs and IEDs [improvised explosive devices].
According to Abu Khuder, his men are working closely with the military council that commands the Free Syrian Army brigades in the region. "We meet almost every day," he said. "We have clear instructions from our [al-Qaida] leadership that if the FSA need our help we should give it. We help them with IEDs and car bombs. Our main talent is in the bombing operations." Abu Khuder's men had a lot of experience in bomb-making from Iraq and elsewhere, he added.
The foregoing accounts of the hostilities in Syria provide nearly irrefutable evidence that numerous al-Qaeda militants are found among the ranks of Syrian rebels (particularly within the Free Syrian Army), including among those filling leadership roles within those forces.
Perhaps, some may argue, President Obama is not aware of the presence of al-Qaeda militants in the Syrian opposition. Unless he doesnt talk to members of his cabinet, such an assertion is unsupportable.
At a press conference in May 2012, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta admitted, We do have intelligence that indicates an al-Qaeda presence in Syria. So much for not knowing.
In light of the overwhelming evidence of the leadership role assumed by al-Qaeda over the rebel forces he has now ordered armed with American weaponry, is President Obama guilty of supporting al-Qaeda? If so, should he be subject to indefinite detention under the terms of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)?
As The New American has chronicled since it was first proposed, the NDAA purportedly authorizes the president of the United States to deploy the armed forces to apprehend and indefinitely detain anyone suspected of providing support to terrorists. Section 1021 of the NDAA reads in relevant part:
Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C.1541 note) includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons (as defined in subsection (b)) pending disposition under the law of war.
A covered person under this section is any person as follows:
A person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.
Detention under the law of war without trial until the end of the hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force.
A plain reading of Section 1021 reveals, then, that anyone who is found to have substantially supported al-Qaeda or associated forces can be detained by the military until the end of the War on Terror.
If the laws passed by Congress apply only to the American people and not to the president or members of Congress themselves (15 senators recently voted to arm Syrian rebels), then the United States has become an aristocracy, whose ruling class is not governed by the laws they pass.
This is exactly what set off the attack that this evil Obama regime lied about and if we're logically thinking then the conclusion has to be that something smells about this entire thing and that odor emanates from that rotting carp ensconced in the White Hut.
Giving “aid and comfort” to Al Qaeda is otherwise known as ... ? I’ll take treason for $200, Alex.
The whole Benghazi operation was about shipping arms to Al Queda.
The sodomized and murdered ambassador arrived in Libya aboard an unmarked vessel that was loaded to the gunwales with armament to be given to the Islamic terrorist rebels.
This wasn’t the first shipment, however.
Now the same thing has been happening in Syria to aid al Quaida. Pity the poor Christians and Jews trapped in these Muslim nations.
Take a victory lap, Obama. You have helped our enemies, but thanks to the wussies who infest Washington, you’ll get away with it.
I think the original plan over Benghazi was weapons procurement and shipping....but somewhere in this mix...I think the deal went wrong. Someone shifted it from weapons to pay-back, and in an hour or two...it’s turned into a four-star mess.
I think once the President realized that the deal was lost and his friendly dealer wasn’t friendly....the President just walked out of the room.
The lack of executive experience probably shows. Most real executives would have looked at the developing mess...made sure his employees were safe, and chalked it up to a bad plan. In this case...there’s nothing you can admit in public, and the lack of experience shows.
These photos should be displayed daily along with the seas of crosses of the graves of Americans killed in combat to save democracy in order that an evil, phony liar can comfortably sit in the White Hut reining over an America in a state of collapse.
Assad is a known dictator. Obama’s American foreign policy promotes the caliphate dream. Now we have another proxy war with Russia who have boots on Syrian ground. Where’s the outrage ? The enemy indeed is within.
I agree. This is absolutely a slap in the face to our military, our veterans and anyone who loves the country. These maxist usurpers must go.
Give them both a ton of Sarin and get the hell out...
Not to mention the voters, who re-elected him even after much of this.
Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.
Headline: Roosevelt to arm Japan after Chinese repulse
offer of peace.
Roosevelt to declare no fly zone over western Germany
after Brits start night bombing...Secret shipments
of night fighters said to arrive in Berlin.
Presidents critics dumbfounded.
More to follow...
After 9/11 I was amazed, then angered, that GWB waited and waited and waited. Then, instead of blasting the Saudis out of their bunks, he attacked Iraq.
There shouldn’t have been ground troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Afghanistan should have been bombed, along with Saudi Arabia. That would have been sending them a message. It is an unholy reason that American presidents want to be engaged in conflicts far from America. We can’t even defend our nation against the Mexican hordes that stream over our borders and lap up all the gravy.
America has deserved better leadership since 1911 and got a taste of it in Calvin Cooledge and Ronald Reagan. All those others were internationalist, progressive fools.
When one considers the hundreds of thousands of America’s youth that lie in graves throughout the world who were thinking they’re dying for the American way and freedom then look who’s sitting in the oval office today, it makes one want to scream!
We don’t want to forget Weinstein’s husband, Blum who has exclusivity in selling off the 61 prime located Post Office buildings. His commission of 6% will make them even richer.
Both Fineswine and Boxcar’s spouses have benefitted greatly by the positions of power these two uglies hold.
In fact, as long as we’re looking we should take a look at ALL the female senators and examine the growth of their wealth since they were elected. Those two Maine beauties are another example of enrichment of spouses due to positions to which they were elected.
Here is how it has been done.....
“20,000 U.S. M-16s stolen from unguarded warehouse in Kuwait
Special to WorldTribune.com
ABU DHABI Kuwait has reported the theft of a massive amount of
A U.S. soldier on the range with an M-16 assault rifle.
The Interior Ministry said thieves broke into a warehouse and stole a
huge amount of firearms and ammunition. The ministry said 20,000 U.S.-origin M-16 assault rifles and 15,000 rounds for 9mm pistols were stolen.
There were no guards during the break-in, the ministry said on April
The ministry said the target was a warehouse of the Interior Ministry in
Subiya, Middle East Newsline reported. The statement said thieves broke three doors and removed the entire contents of the warehouse.
Kuwait has been a major defense client of the United States. The U.S.
military has stationed some 13,000 troops, most of them assigned to
logistics, to the Gulf Cooperation Council sheikdom.
Meanwhile, here in Connecticut, I am forbidden to purchase any rifle/shotgun with “military” features. I guess I should move to Syria if I want to get my “assault” weapons and RPG.
Nothing could possibly go wrong on this, could it?