Skip to comments.John Kerry: Less than a quarter of Syrian rebels are jihadists
Posted on 09/05/2013 6:40:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
House Homeland Security Committee chairman Mike McCaul was "stunned" by Kerry's assertion. The briefings members of Congress had been getting stated that the number was closer to 50% - and that may be lowballing it too.
Reuters calls Mr. Kerry out for his lie:
Secretary of State John Kerry's public assertions that moderate Syrian opposition groups are growing in influence appear to be at odds with estimates by U.S. and European intelligence sources and nongovernmental experts, who say Islamic extremists remain by far the fiercest and best-organized rebel elements.
At congressional hearings this week, while making the case for President Barack Obama's plan for limited military action in Syria, Kerry asserted that the armed opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "has increasingly become more defined by its moderation, more defined by the breadth of its membership, and more defined by its adherence to some, you know, democratic process and to an all-inclusive, minority-protecting constitution.
"And the opposition is getting stronger by the day," Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.
U.S. and allied intelligence sources and private experts on the Syrian conflict suggest that assessment is optimistic.
While the radical Islamists among the rebels may not be numerically superior to more moderate fighters, they say, Islamist groups like the al Qaeda-aligned Nusra Front are better organized, armed and trained.
Kerry's remarks represented a change in tone by the Obama administration, which for more than two years has been wary of sending U.S. arms to the rebels, citing fears they could fall into radical Islamists' hands.
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Yeah, John, just the generals, the colonels and the majors. The troops are a mixed lot.
He sounds like such a fricking dufus in those hearings. What a jokes we have in high places.
$1 of U.S. Support to 1 Al Qaeda terrorist is too much for me.
By the time he’s done with his “clarifications”, the number will be closer to 99%.
He should be in prison for the war crimes, he said he committed during the Vietnam War, not Secretary of State.
If we stay out of it, that percentage could be cut in half in a year.
But let's give him the benefit of the doubt and concede that only 25% of the rebels are jihadis. Which other rebel faction do you think is nearly as well organized?
Did JFK learn anything from the so-called Arab spring in Egypt?
That means AMERICAN SOLDIERS would have 1:2 odds of being maimed or killed by their ‘Syrian allies’
I’ve noticed it. He’s had all kinds of work done.
But luckily, Al Qaeda in Syria are the effective fighters and leaders.
Its pretty clear that regime change is a prime goal of these “limited strikes”. It will get very messy and bloody. Regime change is the only effective way to dismantle the Iranian missile batteries positioned in forward Syrian locations that are pointed at Israel. Unless they are removed Israel cannot safely attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.
leave lurch alone. he’s working very hard. to get us into a war.
Oh THAT’S comforting!
Less than a quarter!
So if I wanted to financially and materially support an organization that was ‘only’ 25% Aryan Brotherhood I’m sure the feds would be OK with that too.
“Ive noticed it. Hes had all kinds of work done.”
Why do people think plastic surgery is gonna make them look good? He looks ridiculous. His old horse face looked better. And is that a rug I detect?
This guy - kerry - he’s a real piece of work, ain’t he?
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