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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 04:32 PM

6. By that logic all 'anti-regime activists' are 'affiliated with a terrorist organization' because

'activists' and 'terrorists' both want to see Assad gone.

The US and USSR both wanted to see Hitler gone, too. I suppose the US was "affiliated with a communist organization" because we had a common goal with one. I am glad FDR did not use that as a reason to stop the war with Hitler.

And the US is not helping Jabhat al-Nusra, though Rand Paul would not agree.

Rand Paul Pushes Gun-Running Conspiracy (Libya to Turkey to Syria) Theory During Benghazi Hearing.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) used today’s hearing on the Benghazi attack to confront Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about a conspiracy theory involving moving guns from Libya to Syrian rebels.

Paul, a new member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wasted no time in making a mark on the proceedings. After informing Secretary Clinton that he would have fired her for her role in the response to the attack, Paul came seemingly out of nowhere to ask Clinton about Turkey. “Is the U.S. involved with any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to Turkey out of Libya?” he asked.

Paul’s inquiry about Turkey seems less odd if you’re familiar with Glenn Beck-inspired conspiracy theories that have been circulating among right-wing websites since the attacks in Libya. The theory goes that Ambassador Chris Stevens — who was killed during the attack — was deeply involved in the CIA project of gathering loose arms in Libya in the aftermath of Moammar Qaddafi’s downfall. Stevens then facilitated the movement of those arms from Libya to Turkey, where they then went on to Syria. The secrecy involved in moving those weapons under the table is part of why the Obama administration covered up the truth of the attack, according to the theory, which even Fox News has helped spread.

The Obama administration has repeatedly said that it will not be providing arms to the rebels in Syria, which this theory claims to counter. While the CIA was involved with helping round up the loose arms that were rampant in Libya, there is no evidence that Stevens or the State Department was involved in the operation, nor that the arms were then shipped to Syria. That Sen. Paul would use his first hearing on the Foreign Relations Committee to push this theory, despite the fact even if it were true it would fall outside of Secretary Clinton’s purview, does not say great things about his future on the body.


I do agree with your logic.

Assad = Secular Asshole
Rebels = Fundamentalist Assholes

I don't blame Syrians for wanting to get rid of a 'secular asshole'. Most of us would not be content living under one. But they may end up with bigger 'fundamentalist asshole'. For their sake I hope not.

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