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Obama Authorizes Secret US Support for Syrian Rebels
Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 02 Aug 2012 11:39 AM

Posted on 08/04/2012 9:09:10 AM PDT by robowombat

President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said. 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 oust Assad.

This and other developments signal a shift toward growing, albeit still circumscribed, 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 Damascus government.

The White House is for now apparently stopping short of giving the rebels lethal weapons, even as some U.S. allies do just that.

But U.S. and European officials have said that there have been noticeable improvements in the coherence and effectiveness of Syrian rebel groups in the past few weeks. That represents a significant change in assessments of the rebels by Western officials, who previously characterized Assad's opponents as a disorganized, almost chaotic, rabble.

Precisely when Obama signed the secret intelligence authorization, an action not previously reported, could not be determined.

The full extent of clandestine support that agencies like the CIA might be providing also is unclear.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined comment.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


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1 posted on 08/04/2012 9:09:17 AM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat

Secret????


2 posted on 08/04/2012 9:10:06 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: Daveinyork

Yeah, amazing secret. This gets out to warn our enemies, but his college transcripts are more secret?


3 posted on 08/04/2012 9:12:42 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (The hotter the TEA, the stronger......and I'm boiling!)
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To: robowombat
Obama Authorizes Secret US Support for Syrian Rebels

War Powers Act????

Get McConnell out of the old folks home and Boehner off the golf course and make them do SOMETHING!!!!

4 posted on 08/04/2012 9:12:57 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO GTFO!)
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To: robowombat

Not a secret anymore!


5 posted on 08/04/2012 9:15:24 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: robowombat
And just who are we helping? Islamic fundies?

That's my guess as we have an un-president named Hussein.

6 posted on 08/04/2012 9:18:24 AM PDT by stboz
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To: robowombat

IMO the rebels have been from under control of radical Islamist leaders from the beginning. Both sides are butchers.

This is a civil war in which neither side is a plus for the US, and both sides are hell bent to kill Americans in any theater of operations.

The further the US can stay away from it the better - there is no upside!


7 posted on 08/04/2012 9:19:01 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: robowombat

Lets hope Bashir Assad doesn’t read Newsmax.


8 posted on 08/04/2012 9:27:09 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: robowombat

So now American allies are the Taliban?


9 posted on 08/04/2012 9:33:49 AM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: robowombat

Any chance we can grab the WMDs if we are going to be involved?


10 posted on 08/04/2012 9:43:42 AM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: robowombat

Any chance we can grab the WMDs if we are going to be involved?


11 posted on 08/04/2012 9:44:02 AM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: robowombat

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2913712/posts


12 posted on 08/04/2012 9:44:23 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: robowombat

It is really sad that the Feds are helping out these Islamo-Nazi idiots.


13 posted on 08/04/2012 9:47:57 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: robowombat

If it was an actual “secret,” ‘we the people’ would never know about this till AFTER Assad was deposed. Some “secret,” huh? Perhaps the AnointedIdiot wants another HollywoodIdiot movie made...... =.=


14 posted on 08/04/2012 9:54:25 AM PDT by cranked
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To: robowombat
This is at least the fourth time I have seen this headline. Including at least two here on Free Republic.
Maybe it is time to delete the word “SECRET”.
15 posted on 08/04/2012 9:58:58 AM PDT by Tupelo (TeaPartier ..... but no longer a Republican)
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To: robowombat

Big secret, he’s put it all over the internet.
(Note that he DOES know how to hide things when he wants to...)


16 posted on 08/04/2012 10:05:32 AM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: robowombat

LOL!!!! Typical for Obama.......big secret......yet they tell the whole world.........can’t wait to toss these bums out in November.


17 posted on 08/04/2012 10:51:56 AM PDT by kenmcg (t)
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To: robowombat
secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels

Boy, I hope nobody finds out...

18 posted on 08/04/2012 10:53:48 AM PDT by kt56 (Molon Labe)
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To: sgtyork

What’s going to happen if Syria falls is the stuff will be stolen and smuggled into other places.


19 posted on 08/04/2012 11:28:11 AM PDT by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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20 posted on 08/04/2012 11:43:40 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: robowombat

This is ok when their guy does it.


21 posted on 08/04/2012 12:05:39 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: meatloaf

I just feel more and more in danger with this president.


22 posted on 08/04/2012 6:24:16 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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