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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:24 AM

 

Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels



By Mark Hosenball
Reuters
Aug 1, 2012

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, 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.

More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/02/us-usa-syria-obama-order-idUSBRE8701OK20120802

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UnrepentantLiberal Aug 2012 OP
sinkingfeeling Aug 2012 #1
Curtland1015 Aug 2012 #2
UnrepentantLiberal Aug 2012 #3
Tierra_y_Libertad Aug 2012 #4
razorman Aug 2012 #5
woo me with science Aug 2012 #6
woo me with science Aug 2012 #7

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:44 AM

1. Not very secret when it's on all news sites.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:45 AM

2. First thing that popped into my head too.

Secret eh?

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:01 PM

3. Nope, not a secret anymore.

 

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:07 PM

4. Is Ollie North available to run the program?

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:24 PM

5. I don't like this. We're heading down a dangerous path.

We dip our toes in a little at a time, until we are up to our necks in shit. We have not business interfering in Syria. We might be arming rebels now, because it suits our current purpose. But, if they succeed, they WILL turn on us later. Democracy is not advancing in the Middle East. Radical Islam is preempting and taking over the uprisings against the totalitarians. Since we have no national interest there, we should stay the hell out.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:33 PM

6. Nobel Peace Prize. What a fucking joke.

The warmongering for profit will continue exactly until Americans wake the hell up and decide we have had enough.

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