Revealed: Obama approves “secret” U.S. aid to Syrian rebels

posted at 8:58 pm on August 1, 2012 by Allahpundit

Go figure that, fresh off a Mitt Romney foreign policy tour designed to draw a contrast with O over “strength,” we get a fresh new leak about what The One is doing to kick terrorist and/or dictator ass.

This one’s almost as tasty as the “kill list” leak.

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…

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…

A U.S. government source acknowledged that under provisions of the presidential finding, the United States was collaborating with a secret command center operated by Turkey and its allies…

Indications are that U.S. agencies have not been involved in providing weapons to Assad’s opponents. In order to do so, Obama would have to approve a supplement, known as a “memorandum of notification, to his initial broad intelligence finding.

It’s amazing that, after 11 years of military interventions, there’s still some political advantage for a president to be had in letting the public know that he’s dipping his toe into another swamp in the Middle East. (Or at least, that’s what O’s team is calculating per the leak. Romney’s team, which is trying to out-hawk The One on Iran, certainly believes that a muscular foreign policy will net votes.) Anyway, what this means, I take it, is that we’re giving the rebels help with communications and, especially, surveillance of Assad’s military assets. I doubt they have any trouble getting weapons; they can get them from the Saudis or the Turks or, of course, from us if we launder those weapons through the Saudis or the Turks. What they need is information so that they can coordinate. Remember, the U.S. has stealth drones designed precisely for situations like this. One was probably used in Pakistani airspace before the Bin Laden raid to zero in on his position.

Reuters doesn’t know when O’s order was signed but I’m not sure it matters. I assume the White House’s calculation here is (a) that Assad is strong enough to drag this out for many months more, notwithstanding the tough talk lately from western security officials about his time running out, and (b) with each day that passes with him in power, the post-Assad era looks more and more ominous. The NYT has run more than one story over the past week about jihadi groups building up inside Syria and reorienting fighters there away from national liberation and towards religious duty. The longer the war drags on, the more time and opportunity they’ll have to increase their numbers. (They’ll try to do that in the aftermath too, of course, but in terms of propaganda, taking down Assad is a better rallying cry than taking down the new elected government that replaces him.) WaPo had a hair-raising report a few days ago too about Syria having built up its supply of chemical weapons in the last few years with Iran’s help. The White House figures, I think correctly, that if they continue to cede this battlefield to Assad’s pals in Tehran, the odds of something very desperate and dire happening — and the odds of a stubborn Iranian proxy presence in the aftermath — increase dramatically.

In fact, read this piece at Foreign Policy from a few days ago about Assad possibly carving out a Shiite “Alawistan” inside Syria with Iranian help. There are signs that it’s already begun to happen; Assad may be hunkered down there for all we know, as he hasn’t been seen in two weeks. The U.S. is obviously worried too about maximizing its influence over the next government when it’s finally installed. The more help they can give the rebels now, then in theory the more leverage we’ll have. The first order of business, apparently: Resisting de-Baathification of Syrian security forces by the new regime. A lesson we learned the hard way.


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Warmonger.

MadisonConservative on August 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

gives me a warm fuzzy feeling that 10 years after 9/11 we’ve joined arms with al-qaeda on the battlefield, hope and change…

golembythehudson on August 1, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Thank god Obama wasn’t at little big horn….

Oh wait…..

Electrongod on August 1, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Another prop up for dear leader

Queue outrage if Gop prez did this

cmsinaz on August 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Good, p!$$ off Putin and endanger Isrealis at the same time …what could go wrong ?

burrata on August 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

As far as I can tell, both sides are undesirable – rather like the sides in the Spanish Civil War. Its their conflict, let them settle it alone as long as they don’t pose a threat to us.

AndStatistics on August 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

This action assumes the US electorate really cares about or is even paying attention to what is happening in Syria.

Wethal on August 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

The next leak will inform us that TFGRP has promised to personally HALO into Assad’s bedroom at 0200 Saturday night, right smack through the roof, and yap him on the head with a Cold Steel Tomahawk. Then TFGRP will steal a Syrian T-72 and blast his way out of Syria.

Bishop on August 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

This boob is still a teenager.
Arrested development..probably molested as a child by “Frank”…..I don’t know that to be true, but someone said it once.

Zombie Harry Reid

Mimzey on August 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

When did Valerie tell him to do such a thing?

Fuquay Steve on August 1, 2012 at 9:04 PM

All going according to plan to buy more votes.

JPeterman on August 1, 2012 at 9:05 PM

My 5 year-old can keep a secret better than these people. On the other hand, it’s always nice to see ‘Abashed Obama’ on the front page.

cynccook on August 1, 2012 at 9:06 PM

And here’s what he’s sending our money to…

WARNING: GRAPHIC VIOLENCE

CPT. Charles on August 1, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Insane. O is the friend of our enemy. Keep out of Syria!

anotherJoe on August 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I see we’re back in “opposite world” where “secret” now means the whole effing planet knows about it.

This ridiculous little boy needs to go . . . And take Mistress Valerie the dominatrix with him.

natasha333 on August 1, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Warmonger.

MadisonConservative on August 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Obama can’t be a warmonger,
he has full support of the Congress which has voted to support his military kinetics energy action , and the UN is supporting him too, and also CIA has reports that…..
:(

burrata on August 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Hey, I heard Dear Leader killed OBL…

d1carter on August 1, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Hold up….I have to sneeze…..Dang allergies….uh uh uh bu!!shiiite….oh….I feel much better now. Dang allergies I have to bullshiite….can’t stop em! ;)

sicoit on August 1, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Outrageous..this is a no win situation for us and we should stay out of it

sadsushi on August 1, 2012 at 9:15 PM

It’s Bush’s fault.

bgibbs1000 on August 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM

The only business that is bombing now is the gun trade.

Legal channels and unofficial channels of ships that the names and flags can be changed at a moments notice and cargo is full of rotten potatoes and AK-47.

tjexcite on August 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Hey, I heard Dear Leader killed OBL…

d1carter on August 1, 2012 at 9:14 PM

..after “Franking” him

burrata on August 1, 2012 at 9:18 PM

It’s because the rebels can’t win on their own. Someone else has to do it for them.

pedestrian on August 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Gee, I wonder if we’ll ever find out who these mysterious leakers are?

AUINSC on August 1, 2012 at 9:22 PM

This is a dumb move on Obama’s part, no it is a dumb move on America’s part because I have seen some Republicans who want to get into Syria as well, including Romney.

I guess this means the Christians and other infidels of Syria will have to die or leave their ancient home. Women of Syria, get ready for something worse than you have experienced under Assad. Has anyone learned anything from Palestine, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt…what a Democracy in the Islamic world, without a secular bill of rights and constitution that protects all will bring?

William Eaton on August 1, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Hooray for war!!!

Hooray for interventionism!!!

Hooray for imperialism!!!

Dante on August 1, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Because helping to oust the leader of Egypt worked out so well?

wren on August 1, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Hey, isn’t there another President who engaged in a secret war, oh, ’bout 40 years ago? I guess his was much worse due to his lack of a Nobel Prize.

Good wars are started by Nobel Peace Prize winners.
~Bobmbx, circa 2012

BobMbx on August 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Lyndon Baines Obama. I think that we’ve seen this movie before.

onlineanalyst on August 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM

And the MSM will snooze right along.

Seems to me they had a different take when secret support for Nicaraguan Contras was the deal and a Republican named Reagan was residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Bitter Clinger on August 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM

But at the same time, Obutthead doesn’t want the rebels to wipe out the Ba’ath Party–the same socialist mindset of Syria’s Assad and the late Saddam Hussein of Iraq.

What is wrong with this guy sitting in OUR White House? Realistially–what does he do when wakes up at 10AM? Brush his teeth, dress in his taxpayer-provided $3000 suit, and stroll into the Oval Office trying to figure out what is going on, and how he might be able to screw somebody today, just for his own amusement?

Liam on August 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Lyndon Baines Obama. I think that we’ve seen this movie before.

onlineanalyst on August 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM

For your listening pleasure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMRmbWnsMMk

Liam on August 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Choking on the irony around here…

JohnGalt23 on August 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM

What leaks, where, I didn’t see nuttin’

When does this crap end and who the heck is going to be held responsible? Oh that’s right this is a dem administration, msm crickets. . . . . .

Hopefully karma will find a way of playing catch-up with these tools.

D-fusit on August 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM

…JugEars…Secrets are safe with us!

KOOLAID2 on August 1, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Our nation is supporting al Qaeda’s slaughter of Christians in Syria. Not a whimper from Code Pink, Cindy Sheehan, Hollywood.

Hening on August 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM

The more help they can give the rebels now, then in theory the more leverage we’ll have.

What a beautiful theory! I wonder if it will ever be demonstrated in real life?

The first order of business, apparently: Resisting de-Baathification of Syrian security forces by the new regime. A lesson we learned the hard way.

That is going to happen in Syria. The Alawites dominate the army and government and there is no way they will be left in power.

sharrukin on August 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Howard Johnson 2012

Because he would refuse to allow any Syrians into his hotel.

Bishop on August 1, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Our nation is supporting al Qaeda’s slaughter of Christians in Syria. Not a whimper from Code Pink, Cindy Sheehan, Hollywood.

Hening on August 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Hey these pukes have no problem with Obama supplying guns to mexicans and muslims, as long as they are used to kill Jews and Christians .

burrata on August 1, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Didn’t think Hussein Obama could resist helping his death-to-America Muslim Brotherhood friends.

Chessplayer on August 1, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Lyndon Baines Obama. I think that we’ve seen this movie before.

onlineanalyst on August 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM

For your listening pleasure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMRmbWnsMMk

Liam on August 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Great song and accompanying video. What film was that taken from? I love old B&W movies. I’ve never been a big Elton John fan, but I may have to rethink that view.

onlineanalyst on August 1, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I am just wondering when the leftists are going to set sail with a mercy flotilla for Syria? /

sharrukin on August 1, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I doubt they have any trouble getting weapons; they can get them from the Saudis or the Turks or, of course, from us if we launder those weapons through the Saudis or the Turks.

Or the Mexicans. Eric Holder, call your office.

Go RBNY on August 1, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Gee, I wonder if we’ll ever find out who these mysterious leakers are?

AUINSC on August 1, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Barry is appalled that anyone would insinuate that the White House leaked anything about anything.

Philly on August 1, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Didn’t think Hussein Obama could resist helping his death-to-America Muslim Brotherhood friends.

Chessplayer on August 1, 2012 at 9:43 PM

specially during ramadan …allahuakbar !

burrata on August 1, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Perception/Deception Democrat Mission……………

…….Hopey The Warrior -In-Chief/Social Justice Crusader!!!

Ain`t he carrying a *Big Stick Now*,oh,and just before Nov 6TH!!!!

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Does Barry even know who the “rebels” are? Allahu akbar.

Philly on August 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Is this Obama’s Iran-Contra?

Dollayo on August 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM

MeanWhile……..they phoned it in!!

Congress approves new sanctions on Iran after voice vote by Senate – @AP

43 mins ago from hosted.ap.org by editor

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 9:51 PM

In fact, read this piece at Foreign Policy from a few days ago about Assad possibly carving out a Shiite “Alawistan” inside Syria with Iranian help.

Maybe you should also consider reading this piece about Iran promising to attach Saudi Arabia if the Rebels overthrow Assad.

Syria allies ‘will not allow regime change’: Iran official

“The Syrian people and the friends of Syria will not allow regime change,” Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, the deputy chief of Iran’s joint armed forces, was quoted as saying on the official website of the Revolutionary Guards, sepahnews.com.

“Neither the friends of Syria nor the (anti-Israel) resistance movement (comprising Iranian, Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanon’s Hezbollah forces) have yet entered the scene,” he said.

“If they do, they will deliver decisive blows to the enemy front, in particular to the despised Arabs.” Iran, ruled by a Shiite clergy, has reacted angrily to the public championing by Sunni rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar of arming Syria’s rebels.

Tehran is the staunchest ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose Shiite Alawite-led regime bolsters Iran’s anti-Israel politics and provides a conduit for Iranian support for Shiite militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Jazayeri, who frequently voices hardline rhetoric on behalf of Iran’s military, said: “The Syrians are very angry with the evil governments of America, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other allies of the terrorists.” He charged that the United States and Israel were leading an “all-out campaign against Syria” but were facing a “great defeat”.

SWalker on August 1, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Why didn’t they just walk some guns?

J.E. Dyer on August 1, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Hey these pukes have no problem with Obama supplying guns to mexicans and muslims, as long as they are used to kill Jews and Christians .

burrata on August 1, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Indeed. Why is our CIC such a prick about equal rights for some? That would make him a racist, which in turn makes me a racist for questioning his racism. Fascinating.

J.E., at 10:05, you owe me a keyboard.

I’m likin’ SWalker’s stuff too… at least it’s something to chew on. Don’t let facts influence the liberal view… they never do.

My only question is, why the hell is it okay just to ‘leak’ information that is pertinent to security? What’s the point of planning when you tell your enemy your plans? What the hell is Odumbledore doing up in his holy expenditure of ovalness? OMG, WTF is wrong with this administration? I served my country, and know what ‘loose lips sink ships’ means. I only hope that the ship in question is Obama ’12.

Symshady on August 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Why didn’t they just walk some guns?

J.E. Dyer on August 1, 2012 at 10:05 PM

They got away with it last time they tried.

Philly on August 1, 2012 at 10:20 PM

“Syrian Rebels” = Muslim Brotherhood, AlQ and other Christian and Jew haters and killers.

VorDaj on August 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

SWalker on August 1, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Sounds like Baghdad Bob.

Philly on August 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Where are Christians in Syria, who fled from Iraq, going to flee to after we overthrow someone less hateful and murderous to them like we did in Iraq?

VorDaj on August 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Why is the American government at war with Christians, fist by Bush and now into overdrive by Obama?

VorDaj on August 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM

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

That alone is a dumb-a$$ move.

Syria is a modern military in relation to the ME; Assad & Co have no problem with a full armory…so what exactly are we giving them?

It’s either Intel or “force integrity” equipment like medical packs, food, radios, or transports.

We might have to be tied up in the situation as is, as Syria has a lot more weapons to be “lost” than Libya, including unconventional stuff like chems…or germs.

That is the kind of stuff you *don’t* want the real nutcases to have.

BlaxPac on August 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Tell the truth:

0bama approves ‘secret’ aid to the Muslim Brotherhood….. and even Al Qaeda, who anyone paying attention knows are significant in the ‘Rebellion’ leadership.

LegendHasIt on August 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM

The White House is for now apparently stopping short of giving the rebels lethal weapons

WHY? They have all that Fast and Furious experience.

GarandFan on August 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Revealed: Obama approves “secret” U.S. aid to Syrian rebels Al Qaeda

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

That is the kind of stuff you *don’t* want the real nutcases to have.

BlaxPac on August 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

But that is why we are backing the real nutcases to take over Syria from Assad!

William Eaton on August 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Al meet Qaeda.

Thanks you Caliphate Barry.

profitsbeard on August 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

By now it should be obvious to even the slow, that 0bama has conspired with the more ‘radical’ (I.E. fundamentalist Qur’an thumpers) muhammadans to throw out the somewhat secular dictators in islamic nations and replace them with theocratic jihadis.

LegendHasIt on August 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM

How untouchable does this man think he is?

Cindy Munford on August 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Nobel Peace Prize.

I don’t think O remembers that one.

Moesart on August 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

By now it should be obvious to even the slow, that 0bama has conspired with the more ‘radical’ (I.E. fundamentalist Qur’an thumpers) muhammadans to throw out the somewhat secular dictators in islamic nations and replace them with theocratic jihadis.

LegendHasIt on August 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM

You have no clout
You better not try
You better watch out, I’m telling you why.
Twelfth Imam is Obama and he has come to Washington town
America’s dismemberment is on his list
Will cut Israel up more than twice
Any good fellow Muslims who die
Will go to meet 72 virgins in paradise
Twelfth Imam is Obama and he has come to Washington town

He knows if you’re a Christian
He knows if you’re a Jew
He knows if you’re an in-fi-del
He’s been told by Allah what to do
So….You have no clout
You better not try, I’m telling you why.
Twelfth Imam is Obama and he has come to Washington town
Twelfth Imam is Obama and he has come to Washington town

Cheshire Cat on August 1, 2012 at 11:05 PM

And of course, we can afford more handouts to foreign entities. We’re in the money!

Aren’t these the same people (Dumocrats) who have been saying for the last fifty years that rather than spending money on war/military that money should be spent here to help the “poor”?

Strange that the hippies came out en masse in the ’60s and ’70s to protest our involvement in Vietnam and again in Iraq, but don’t oppose Clinton or Obama when they involve us in foreign civil wars.

Where are you now, “Peaceniks”?

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 1, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Wow, I guess they’re really making an effort to stop those national security leaks…

Doomsday on August 1, 2012 at 11:13 PM

But that is why we are backing the real nutcases to take over Syria from Assad!

William Eaton on August 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Not *me*, paleface!

I’m not a fearful man, but i am gobsmacked at the JV level of play being done in the Intel field by this Administration.

BlaxPac on August 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Warmonger.

MadisonConservative on August 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Could have stopped this thread in one.

hawkdriver on August 1, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Nice – the US now openly, er ‘secretly’ funds the Muzzie Brotherhood and AlQuaeda.

Obama is them, fools.

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2012 at 11:26 PM

The more help they can give the rebels now, then in theory the more leverage we’ll have.

The rebels are the Muzzie Brotherhood and AlQuaida, and Obama is them now. No wonder he bowed to them.

Wake up America. Obama is helping his brothers.

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2012 at 11:31 PM

By Sept Obama will pretend to figth some ships in the channel, against Iran, all arranged, to change the topic of the dismal economy.

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2012 at 11:33 PM

…I am gobsmacked at the JV level of play being done in the Intel field by this Administration.
BlaxPac on August 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Wait….
You actually think that 0bama is merely ignorant of the realities and thinks he is doing this ‘for the children’ or ‘for democracy and freedom’???!!!?!?!?

LegendHasIt on August 1, 2012 at 11:47 PM

I wonder if the Muslim Brotherhood has sent John McCain and Marco Rubio a nice basket of fruit for siding with them against Michele Bachmann.

VorDaj on August 1, 2012 at 11:54 PM

VorDaj on August 1, 2012 at 11:54 PM

…and with Obama, who is the MB and AlQauida’s brother.

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Stupid? Humorous? Ignorant? Evil? It just doesn’t friggin’ matter anymore.
SECRET orders on NBC?
I’m sorry, but I’ve finally moved to pissed off mode. Frankly, I don’t care anymore if he’s incompetent, or trying to destroy the country.
I don’t care anymore that Obama’s a joke…this nation cannot afford to wait for the punchline.

Kenz on August 1, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Just guessing,, but the RSVPs for the Syrian Beer Summit were not returned.

socalcon on August 2, 2012 at 12:04 AM

I doubt they have any trouble getting weapons; they can get them from the Saudis or the Turks or, of course, from us if we launder those weapons through the Saudis or the Turks.

Allah, you forget about the U.S. DOJ. If you need guns they’re as reliable as you can get. Plus, they won’t even track the weapons! Win, Win!

Troy Rasmussen on August 2, 2012 at 12:06 AM

By Sept Obama will pretend to figth some ships in the channel, against Iran, all arranged, to change the topic of the dismal economy.

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2012 at 11:33 PM

More than likely.

October Surprise : Student Loan Forgiveness
November Surprise : Leaked Private Papers from Salt Lake Olympics

socalcon on August 2, 2012 at 12:09 AM

I don’t think this is the kind of reset the Russians expected, can you say New Cold War?

No wonder so many people think Obama is Muslim, he’s doing his best to help the Islamists take control. Syria will be yet another Muslim Brotherhood stronghold.

Common Sense on August 2, 2012 at 12:09 AM

“Resisting de-Baathification of Syrian security forces by the new regime. A lesson we learned the hard way.”

General Patton got in real hot water when he placed Nazis in positions at the end of WWII and worse when he said that being a Nazi in Germany was like being a Democrat in the US; indicating that if you didn’t belong to the right party in both countries, no job.

So the lesson learned was over 60 years old, but apparently never learned in Iraq until it was too late.

amr on August 2, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Wait….
You actually think that 0bama is merely ignorant of the realities and thinks he is doing this ‘for the children’ or ‘for democracy and freedom’???!!!?!?!?

LegendHasIt on August 1, 2012 at 11:47 PM

On the contrary; I don’t think this is the WH exclusively; this smells more like Ivy League BS (Dept of State).

There’s enough of a cabal there to want to try a little good old fashion armed diplomacy. That it happens to parallel the Administration’s line of thinking gives them a fig leaf of cover.

A very small fig leaf.

BlaxPac on August 2, 2012 at 12:22 AM

…smells more like Ivy League BS (Dept of State).
BlaxPac on August 2, 2012 at 12:22 AM

It smells, allright; It smells of Huma Abedein, who has Hillary wrapped around her little finger….(or some other body part).

LegendHasIt on August 2, 2012 at 12:40 AM

When the Christians in Syria start getting slaughtered by the terrorists that Obama is aiding, will it lead all the network newscasts?

OxyCon on August 2, 2012 at 12:47 AM

What a great foreign policy coming from the Obama administration.

….pulls out of Iraq after the successful surge to allow Iran to flex it’s power….

………….nothing but words,disastrous ROE’s,and failed military operations based on political expediency instead of military success in Afghanistan….

………”The Taliban is not our enemy” coming from Sgt. Barack…

………….now Obama can’t surrender fast enough as the Taliban/al-qaeda look to take back control…9/10 all over again…

…………..War of choice launched in Libya without Congressional approval,against an oil rich country that did not attack us, and posed no imminent threat.

……now the jihadist have gained significant control in Libya….

…………backing the ouster of Mubarak which leads to Egypt being run by the grandfather of al-qaeda….the Muslim Brotherhood.

…….Pakistan does not even want our bribe money anymore and laughs in our face on a regular basis as the jihadist there gain more and more power and influence.

…..Mr. Peace prize bombing Somali,Yemen,Pakistan,Afghanistan on a regular basis……

…………..now he is aiding jihadist groups like al-qaeda as they try to take over yet another Arab country.

What a great legacy Obama will have….
……………the jihadist will have gained more ground and power under Obama than at any time in modern history.

“smart power” indeed.

Baxter Greene on August 2, 2012 at 1:02 AM

By Sept Obama will pretend to figth some ships in the channel, against Iran, all arranged, to change the topic of the dismal economy.

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Entirely possible. If you read between the lines carefully, it sounds we’re basically just giving the Syrian rebels vague pro forma support. I’m not sure why people are so afraid Obama will get credit for toppling Assad; the work is being done almost entirely by Saudis, Turks, and Qataris. Libya didn’t really give him much of any boost as the economy is really the only issue people care about in this election.

Doomberg on August 2, 2012 at 2:03 AM

“Secret” I don’t think that word means what Obama thinks it means.

hachiban on August 2, 2012 at 2:48 AM

By now it should be obvious to even the slow, that 0bama has conspired with the more ‘radical’ (I.E. fundamentalist Qur’an thumpers) muhammadans to throw out the somewhat secular dictators in islamic nations and replace them with theocratic jihadis.

LegendHasIt on August 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Exactly, up and down the line, B. Hussein O. who has mis-spoken of “my Muslim faith” and changed NASA’s mission to “Muslim outreach” (April Fools on the last one /s), raised by an arguably jihadist step-father, it’s like America has been taken over by over 50% pod people to support this Manchurian president.

anotherJoe on August 2, 2012 at 4:34 AM

Will be nominated for another Nobel Peace Prize.

V-rod on August 2, 2012 at 4:50 AM

what are you muslims haters complaining about? giving weapons to muslims so that they can kill other muslims its perfect!

nathor on August 2, 2012 at 6:58 AM

What? Anoher White House leak? When is this going to stop?

Amazingoly on August 2, 2012 at 7:29 AM

US ‘help’ in Libya led to the killing of: regime fighters, opposition fighters, and civilians. Why? They all dressed the same. What happened was the KTA Doctrine: Kill Them All. As there were more civilians and resistance fighters, than there were regime backers you saw the regime go down.

In Syria there are chemical weapons. The Assad family has been willing to deploy same on their own population (just like Saddam did in Iraq). Therefore this is a larger problem.

There is no problem so large that it cannot be solved by a suitable application of high explosives.

Couple this with the KTA Doctrine and you get: Nuke ‘em all.

This is the reductio ad absurdum of warfare.

Yet, after the KTA Doctrine, this is the level that the leadership in DC and the rest of the West has declined to. It is functional, base, despicable and has the happy side-effect of working in a few places with the added benefit of not leaving any messy corpses laying around.

I suggest arming the Kurds and giving a hint to them of a Greater Kurdistan to put a huge ethnic component into play in the region.

Luckily, someone else is doing that.

I’m not expecting Syria to last much longer in its current configuration. And I am hoping the Kurds realize the mendacity of the West and can accomplish that reconfiguration before we are reduced to the absurdity of modern warfare.

Bring back conventional warfare! It saves lives and influences people!

ajacksonian on August 2, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Go figure that, fresh off a Mitt Romney foreign policy tour designed to draw a contrast with O over “strength,” we get a fresh new leak about what The One is doing to kick terrorist and/or dictator ass.

What a coincidence.

farsighted on August 2, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Syria is shaping up to be a worse mess than Iraq circa 2005-2006 was.

And President Rambo apparently thinks it is a good idea to let the American electorate know he is getting us involved and picking sides.

Someone needs to find all of his righteous pompous speeches about our involvement in the Iraq mess from that time period and highlight them.

farsighted on August 2, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Whose votes is 0bama trying to get? I doubt this will impress anyone except for his sycophants.

Where was 0bama regarding Syria during the 2009 uprising? Real Syrians (not Al Qaeda) were dieing in the streets and he was golfing and eating wagyu beef, that’s where.

CAN’T WAIT FOR NOVEMBER 6! Agghhhh!

freedomfirst on August 2, 2012 at 8:46 AM

By now it should be obvious to even the slow, that 0bama has conspired with the more ‘radical’ (I.E. fundamentalist Qur’an thumpers) muhammadans to throw out the somewhat secular dictators in islamic nations and replace them with theocratic jihadis.

LegendHasIt on August 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM

That’s because to our Delusional Pseudo-Mystical Dimbulb-In-Chief, they represent “authentic” Islam. You know, the sort which wants everything the way it was in the Sixth Century A.D., and doesn’t want to share the planet with anyone who thinks Western civilization is a reasonably good idea.

To Him, the problem with Assad, Qaddafi, etc., wasn’t that they were anti-Semitic and anti-American, it was that they weren’t effectively so. They weren’t remaking the world into a pre-industrial Paradise run on the principles of Eastern mysticism. (Heck, they probably even thought digital watches were a pretty neat idea.)

That sort of “recidivism” is just intolerable to this Enlightened, Mystical Lightworker. Not because they hated us; because they just weren’t doing enough about it.

The One seems to believe that Islamism will bring a new flowering of enlightenment to the world, largely due to his (and his minions) refusal to distinguish between it and the patchouli-scented pseudo-mysticism they fell in love with in college. They see no difference between the mullahs of Iran and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. All are “mystical”, and thus superior. And all are to be followed as true enlightened teachers.

Israel is to be erased from history for daring to bring crass Western materialism intro the enlightened East.

As a bonus, in their minds, if we help the Muslim Brotherhood & Co. replace yet another brutal, oppressive regime’ with an even more brutal, oppressive regime’, they will be our friends forever. It worked so well in Iran and Egypt, didn’t it?

And keeping it a secret? Why? They want to prove they’re on “the right side of history”. You can’t do that if nobody knows you did it to begin with.

The fantasy universe inside the White House and State Department may yet prove our undoing. And the after effects will probably live long after the fools responsible are writing their self-vindicating memoirs’.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 2, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Let’s see. So were on Al Queda’s side on this one, again? We cleared a path for them in Libya and now Syria. I’m beginning to wonder what the administration’s motives are.

oldroy on August 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM

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