Assad: My opposition is 80-90% Al-Qaeda terrorists

posted at 8:01 am on September 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad tried defending himself in an interview this weekend with French newspaper Le Figaro, picked up and translated by Buzzfeed’s Miriam Elder, by claiming to be fighting the same war as the US and the West.  His opposition is almost entirely comprised of terrorists affiliated with al-Qaeda, Assad told Le Figaro, as high as 80-90%.  And he has only one strategy in dealing with AQ terrorists:

“We are fighting terrorists,” he said. “80-90% of those we are fighting belong to al-Qaeda. They are not interested in reform or in politics. The only way to deal with them is to annihilate them.”

Assad also hinted that Jordan has heeded his advice to stay out of the conflict because Amman came to the same conclusion:

He also said he had warned his regional neighbors, from Jordan to Turkey, from getting involved: “If we fail to beat terrorism in our country, it will naturally spread to other countries.” He implied that Jordan had been receptive to his warnings. “As for [Turkish Prime Minister Recep] Erdogan, I don’t think he has the least idea of what he is doing.”

Intervention by the West against his army would touch off a regional war, Assad warned, in part because it will provide momentum for terrorist networks:

Assad issued a stark warning that intervention in Syria could prompt a region-wide conflict. “The Middle East is a powder keg, and today the flame is coming very near,” he said. “We cannot talk merely about the Syrian response, but about what might take place after the first strike. But nobody knows what will happen. Everyone will lose control of the situation when the powder keg explodes. Chaos and extremism will spread. There is a risk of regional war.”

Assad then refused to say whether an American strike would provoke a Syrian attack on Israel, or perhaps an Iranian strike, in retaliation.  Israel provided an answer to that question of its own this morning, in partnership with the US:

Israel and the United States test-fired an “experimental” missile Tuesday morning in the Mediterranean Sea, the Israel Defense Ministry said.

Russia announced that its early warning system had detected the launch of two missiles in the sea, and amid region-wide jitters over U.S. talk of possible military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

“The Ministry of Defense together with the American Agency for Missile Defense carried out the successful test of the experimental target missile ‘Anchor,’” the Israeli ministry said on its Facebook page.

The launch came from an Israeli Air Force base in a central part of the country and reviewed the “improved ability” of the “Anchor,” the ministry said.

As Jeff Dunetz notes, this is less of a test than a warning:

A test at this time may be less of a “test” and more of a warning.

Sometimes it isn’t the build up to war which increases tensions it its the perceived buildup.  Iran which has not slowed down its nuclear weapons program despite the election of what the western media calls a “moderate” president, believes that Israel is close to stiking its nuclear facilities.  At least that is what is being reported in Lebanese newspaper Al Jumhuriya.

I doubt Israel is readying a war against Iran.  Israel and the US are, however, reminding everyone in the region that Israel can launch attacks against any point in the region, if forced into one.


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God help us…

OmahaConservative on September 3, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Obama: Allah Akbar! Ops, did I let that slip out….

Oil Can on September 3, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Things appear to be going swimmingly.

/

BallisticBob on September 3, 2013 at 8:09 AM

I have a solution to the problem. Just keep Captain Kirk, and his penchant for violating the Prime Directive, away.

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 8:11 AM

…is he including the JugEar administration?

KOOLAID2 on September 3, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Assad issued a stark warning that intervention in Syria could prompt a region-wide conflict. “The Middle East is a powder keg, and today the flame is coming very near,” he said. “We cannot talk merely about the Syrian response, but about what might take place after the first strike. But nobody knows what will happen. Everyone will lose control of the situation when the powder keg explodes. Chaos and extremism will spread. There is a risk of regional war.”

Assad is correct on this point. And this is exactly how WWI got started. Blind unthinking reaction without a bit of common sense. The Obama administration cannot guarantee a limited campaign lasting hours not days.

And, seriously, what exactly is the purpose of a “pin prick” response? What are the consequences of doing it? At this point what difference does it make really? These are questions that the thin-skinned rat has still not answered.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Obama: Allah Akbar! Ops, did I let that slip out….

Oil Can on September 3, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Did I do that?

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Simple – declare Syria to be Thunderdome, let them fight until there’s a winner, and then (and only then) step in to give that winner their 72 Helen Thomases.

Steve Eggleston on September 3, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Eau de ValJar.

/the acting POTUS

Key West Reader on September 3, 2013 at 8:17 AM

2nd that OC

cmsinaz on September 3, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Speaking of giant eared frauds:

Ross Perot Foundation Donates $1 Million to Scandal-Hit Planned Parenthood

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 8:18 AM

And, seriously, what exactly is the purpose of a “pin prick” response? What are the consequences of doing it? At this point what difference does it make really? These are questions that the thin-skinned rat has still not answered.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 8:11 AM

What do you think would happen if Obama, trying his best to save face as CIC accidentally hits a chem weapons depot?

Take the keys away from this child.

Key West Reader on September 3, 2013 at 8:18 AM

McCain on Fox and Friends:

Allah Akbar mean thank God. Common guys they are moderates.

The old fool has last his mind. I’m glad it’s on record.

Ed, can you please post.

Oil Can on September 3, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Ugh. That old coot McCain is on F&F defending them screaming Allah Akbar. “Come on, they’re Muslims! BUT, they’re moderate Muslims”

BettyRuth on September 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM

I suspect mostly true so why again is BO going to help our enemy? I guess helping either side is helping our enemy so why is BO even thinking of doing anything. These types of wars, can’t say the “C” word here, are none of our business unless we have a national interest and even then it should be entered very reluctantly.

Dr. Frank Enstine on September 3, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Whoever Iran is backing, the president pro tem, Valerie Jarrett, will back.

vityas on September 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM

McCain on Fox and Friends:

Allah Akbar mean thank God. Common guys they are moderates.

The old fool has last his mind. I’m glad it’s on record.

Ed, can you please post.

Oil Can on September 3, 2013 at 8:21 AM

You probably did the same double take I did, “Did he REALLY just say that??”

BettyRuth on September 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM

What do you think would happen if Obama, trying his best to save face as CIC accidentally hits a chem weapons depot?

Take the keys away from this child.

Key West Reader on September 3, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Frank Wolf was just on local talk radio. He thinks Obama will go ahead and do what he wants even if Congress says no. Imperfect intelligence, no definitive proof who the guilty party is, and no compelling reason……. What could possibly go wrong?

And BTW you know what besides limited campaigns last minutes not hours? Nuclear war. Just sayin’

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 8:27 AM

What do you think would happen if Obama, trying his best to save face as CIC accidentally hits a chem weapons depot?

Take the keys away from this child.

Key West Reader on September 3, 2013 at 8:18 AM

I don’t know, what would happen? I would guess that any dispersal would remain localized relative to the depot. Something like that is the very least of my concerns in all of this. In fact I think that would be the best possible outcome if we did launch a military strike.

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM

All of a sudden there are tens of thousands of Al Qaeda!!.. If you believe anything Assad says you deserve to live in delusion. Most of the rebels are Muslims, some are Jihadists. They are made up mostly of the roughly 1/2 of his army and generals which defected when they got orders to start slaughtering their own people 2.5 years ago.

Is there Al Nusra? For sure, are there Jihadists who have come in from Iraq and even Chechens? Yes.. But far too many people are repeating Assad’s nonsense in the media carte blanche. Why? Because they don’t want to intervene and this provides excellent excuse/cover.

Just be honest if you want nothing to do with WMD being used in Syria, stop using ‘Al Qaeda’ and Assad’s / Hezbollah’s propaganda as the excuse. He’s been claiming he’s been ‘fighting terrorists’ since the 2nd day of the revolt against him when women and students were waving flags in Syria protesting.. He used military to kill them all, and now he is using Hezbollah terrorists and Iranian Al Quds IRGC soldiers (also declared terrorist organization by United States of America) to kill everyone else.

Video: ISW’s Elizabeth O’Bagy Breaks Down Composition of Syrian Rebels

saus on September 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM

BettyRuth on September 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM

After 9/11 how can anyone say that. Especially a US Senator. The Republican party needs kick this guy out.

I was typing so fast and was so pissed I didn’t even know what I typed.

Oil Can on September 3, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Soooooooooo, what is our national interest in striking Assad?

Answer: zero.

Meat Fighter on September 3, 2013 at 8:30 AM

McCain has tumbled into the dark side. He and his itty bitty buddy Graham are lost causes.

rplat on September 3, 2013 at 8:30 AM

That old coot McCain is on F&F defending them screaming Allah Akbar. “Come on, they’re Muslims! BUT, they’re moderate Muslims”

BettyRuth on September 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM

I’m fully aware that we are talking about a part of the world where they do not practice Jeffersonian democracy. Nevertheless, trying to make the “rebels” into moderate freedom fighters is just absurd.

THERE ARE NO “GOOD GUYS” IN THIS SITUATION. Obama needs to put on his big boy pants, admit that shot his mouth off a year ago, and give the order for the Navy to stand down from its ever-growing presence off the coast of Syria and in the Northern Red Sea

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 8:32 AM

McCain on Fox and Friends:

Allah Akbar mean thank God. Common guys they are moderates.

The old fool has last his mind. I’m glad it’s on record.

Ed, can you please post.

Oil Can on September 3, 2013 at 8:21 AM

No it doesn’t.

“Allahu Akbar” is the phrase and it means; “God is greater” or “God is the greatest”. I’ve also seen it translated as “Our God is the greater God.”

Dr. Frank Enstine on September 3, 2013 at 8:32 AM

saus on September 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM

BRET BAIER: Let’s put that graphic back up there. The red are the extremist groups in that list. And you see the red blocks. The blue are what? Okay guys?

ELIZABETH O’BAGY: The blue is the Syrian Islamic front, and this front is actually a group of more Islamist and Salafist groups that have allied together that are pushing for an Islamic form of governance and have proven themselves at times willing to work with the more moderate opposition and other times unwilling to do so. So these are kind of the groups that are on the fence right now so to speak. But in many ways have shown that when the capacity is behind the more moderate groups are more than willing to submit themselves to a general chain of command under those moderate forces.

So the red are the really, really bad guys, and the blue are just the fascists. Got it. Thanks for clarifying.

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Assad is probably right, what isn’t mentioned is that he and his army are ruthless murderers too.

No one to root for in this fight except maybe the Kurds way up north who have taken this opportunity to try and cut themselves away from Syria, and they’re doing it with about 40% female soldiers (many of whom are sort of hot if I may be so bold).

Construct another no-fly over the Kurds, tell the Christians to head north to be with them for awhile, and let the rest of the nation destroy themselves.

Bishop on September 3, 2013 at 8:35 AM

“We’re hardly ‘going it alone’ in Syria. Al Qaeda will be providing ground support.”

- Secretary of State John Kerry

A note from our attorneys: This is not a real quote

LOL from WH Dossier.

Key West Reader on September 3, 2013 at 8:36 AM

At this point all of us are being asked to trust the same administration on chemical attacks who were responsible for peddling the garbage about a YouTube video being responsible for benghazi.

A non partisan person with an iota of common sense wouldn’t trust them.

Meat Fighter on September 3, 2013 at 8:36 AM

He’s been claiming he’s been ‘fighting terrorists’ since the 2nd day of the revolt against him when women and students were waving flags in Syria protesting.
saus on September 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Duh, they are terrorist from his perspective. Even if they were the most righteous US loving people in the world they would still be terrorist as far as the Syrian government is concerned. They question is whether or not they are terrorist from the perspective of the US and if the US wants to be involved in the war on one side of the other. So far it doesn’t look like either side is a side the US would want to be helping out.

Dr. Frank Enstine on September 3, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Duh, they are terrorist from his perspective. Even if they were the most righteous US loving people in the world they would still be terrorist as far as the Syrian government is concerned. They question is whether or not they are terrorist from the perspective of the US and if the US wants to be involved in the war on one side of the other. So far it doesn’t look like either side is a side the US would want to be helping out.

Dr. Frank Enstine on September 3, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Hey! They have “moderate” Islamists and Salafists fighting the good fight over there too!

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 8:40 AM

The Egyptian press is reporting that Obama is an actual member of the Muslim Brotherhood. At this point, it wouldn’t surprise me.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/09/shocking-report-egyptian-media-says-obama-is-a-muslim-brotherhood-member/

TarheelBen on September 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Duh, they are terrorist from his perspective. Even if they were the most righteous US loving people in the world they would still be terrorist as far as the Syrian government is concerned.

Dr. Frank Enstine on September 3, 2013 at 8:38 AM

I commented on the fact that he says and many repeat they are Al Qaeda.. Which they are not. So save your Duhs please for where they apply.

saus on September 3, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Perhaps more appropriately, the question to ask is who (as in Syria, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc.) support the Sunnis and who supports the Shiates? (sp)Looks to me like the Sunnis are trying to eradicate Shiates, Christians, Jews, etc.

Other than Obama, who else supports the Muslim Brotherhood? And are they mostly Sunnni? Does Saudi Arabia support them? I read that there is a division in Saudi Arabi between the “princes” and the “high priests” of extremism. How does that factor in?

Who wants to dominate the Middle East? Is the US the private army for Saudi Arabia? What is Russia’s interest in all this? Oil transport? Aren’t they an ally of Syria? Isn’t Iran also an ally of Syria? Isn’t bat ears Vallerie Jarrett from Iran? If so, why is she advocating that Obama bomb Syria?

What is the end game?

So many questions; so little definitive answers.

Amjean on September 3, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Well, if Assad is correct, even if the islamists are 50% of the opposition, then what? I say that Assad is better than the islamists because he and his regime have proved empirically that they are somewhat more rational, that is, they actually want to live.

And there is no way Assad will give up because that means he is dead along with his whole family. Unless we can find a group that is powerful enough to actually win and govern and that group will be somewhat friendly to the US, we should allow Assad to have his war with the islamists but we should hit Hezbollah and the Iran Republican guard and we should get control of and/or destroy all WMD’s

As for being brutal…we won WWII because we, the Allies, were brutal, not so brutal as to deliberately murder children like Assad, but pretty F’n brutal none the less, that is the only way to defeat the enemies abilities to make war

georgealbert on September 3, 2013 at 8:47 AM

That old coot McCain is on F&F defending them screaming Allah Akbar. “Come on, they’re Muslims! BUT, they’re moderate Muslims”

BettyRuth on September 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM

A moderate Muslim is like a moderate dose of arsenic.

fogw on September 3, 2013 at 8:50 AM

The only way to deal with them is to annihilate them.

Obama has found another way…make them our allies, and then help them annihilate us.

Karmi on September 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

So the red are the really, really bad guys, and the blue are just the fascists. Got it. Thanks for clarifying.

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Thanks. Note that the colors chosen perfectly match the proggies’ view of politics in the USA.

slickwillie2001 on September 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

So the red are the really, really bad guys, and the blue are just the fascists. Got it. Thanks for clarifying.

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 8:33 AM

This may come as a shock to you, but the Middle East is full of Islamists. The USA has just finished making love to Islamists, granting them legitimacy and Egypt. Turkey, another US ‘ally’ and the model America uses for ‘ideal’ middle east country is run by Islamists. I frikkin hate them, but you seem to live in an alternate reality where all of a sudden anyone in the Mideast (which is 99% Muslim) is suddenly going to be like Luxembourg to be acceptable to you?

Most of the Arabs hate America, so do the Muslims, that’s the way it is. My comment was about Al Qaeda. So I take it you are acknowledging that my comment was entirely correct by now moving the goalpost to ‘Muslims’ in general being also unacceptable? I have to live in the middle east, so I don’t appreciate your simpleton ‘coaching’ from the sidelines and sarcasm, thank you very much.

saus on September 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

The only way to deal with a maniacal tyrant and his murderous military is to annihilate them. But since that isn’t our intention, why bother? Either Obama has a much larger plan to stop the atrocities than we’re hearing about, or he’s being foolish.

scalleywag on September 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Qadaffi gave the same warnings about “rebels” in eastern Libya (Benghazi area) being jihadists with training camps just as Assad is giving the same warning about the Syrain so-called “rebels.”

US policy should learn from the fiasco of the Libyan adventure.

onlineanalyst on September 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Assad is lying but it is expected… Al Qaeda terrorists are barely 10% of the rebels… How about the terrorists supporting Assad and fighting for him like Hizballah?… In fact Assad is a terrorist regime and has the blood of hundreds of US troops on his hands because Syria was the main conduit to Al Qaeda terrorists during the Iraq war…

mnjg on September 3, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Why is this fiasco reminding me of the Woodstock song from Country Joe McDonald? One could certainly insert some current words into Joe’s song and be totally up to date. Watching the anti-war liberals twisting in the wind, while still protecting their community organizer-turned-”freedom fighter” is a comedy in the making.

Rovin on September 3, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Sad when you have to give a known dictator the possibility of telling the truth while rational people must doubt our leadership.

Is this to be, like Libya, under the cover of “Arab Spring,” just another attempt by the left to transfer power to the even more radical enemies of freedom?

It matters not whether it is intentional or due to inept blundering–the effect will be the same.

The Chicago way is to create “a crisis that’s too good to waste,” is it not?

Don L on September 3, 2013 at 8:59 AM

So the red are the really, really bad guys, and the blue are just the fascists. Got it. Thanks for clarifying.

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Only one “really” for the reds, they aren’t that bad when they’re not beheading people, in fact some of them have fine singing voices.

Bishop on September 3, 2013 at 9:01 AM

No it doesn’t.

“Allahu Akbar” is the phrase and it means; “God is greater” or “God is the greatest”. I’ve also seen it translated as “Our God is the greater God.”

[Dr. Frank Enstine on September 3, 2013 at 8:32 AM]

Correct. Which is why Oil Can is urging Ed to post on McCain’s visit to Fox and Friends where McCain incorrectly describes what it means and ascribes, wrongly, the import attached to the phrase.

Dusty on September 3, 2013 at 9:04 AM

In a better world if Hussein launches some useless symbolic attack on Syria to salve his ego, it will later be determined that it was the rebels who used sarin gas. The icing on that delicious cake would then be Obama and Kerry in the dock at The Hague charged with war crimes.

Basilsbest on September 3, 2013 at 9:06 AM

This may come as a shock to you, but the Middle East is full of Islamists.

saus on September 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Would you be surprised if it doesn’t come as a shock to me?

The USA has just finished making love to Islamists, granting them legitimacy and Egypt. Turkey, another US ‘ally’ and the model America uses for ‘ideal’ middle east country is run by Islamists. I frikkin hate them, but you seem to live in an alternate reality where all of a sudden anyone in the Mideast (which is 99% Muslim) is suddenly going to be like Luxembourg to be acceptable to you?

Maybe I posted something like that during one of my drug induced blackouts?

Most of the Arabs hate America, so do the Muslims, that’s the way it is. My comment was about Al Qaeda. So I take it you are acknowledging that my comment was entirely correct by now moving the goalpost to ‘Muslims’ in general being also unacceptable?

Yes. I have acknowledged repeatedly that the majority of rebels are Islamist scum. I don’t really care if Assad calls them all al Qaeda or not, there is no good side to support in this regardless. Iranian backed terrorists to the left of me, terrorist backed fascists to the left. How about we piss on both of them and find something else to do with our blood and treasure?

I have to live in the middle east, so I don’t appreciate your simpleton ‘coaching’ from the sidelines and sarcasm, thank you very much.

I don’t live in the Middle East, and we’re talking about putting fellow Americans in harms way, so STFU, TYVM. I won’t demand your brothers come fight for me, I would appreciate the same respect in reverse.

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Assad issued a stark warning that intervention in Syria could prompt a region-wide conflict. “The Middle East is a powder keg, and today the flame is coming very near,” he said. “We cannot talk merely about the Syrian response, but about what might take place after the first strike. But nobody knows what will happen. Everyone will lose control of the situation when the powder keg explodes. Chaos and extremism will spread. There is a risk of regional war.”

Assad is correct on this point. And this is exactly how WWI got started. Blind unthinking reaction without a bit of common sense. The Obama administration cannot guarantee a limited campaign lasting hours not days.

And, seriously, what exactly is the purpose of a “pin prick” response? What are the consequences of doing it? At this point what difference does it make really? These are questions that the thin-skinned rat has still not answered.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 8:11 AM

You talk of purpose? Why the national security of the United States would be imperiled if the gravitas of the CIC was the least bit undermined. After all he did end the war in Iraq and he did get bin Laden – or so goes the narrative.

Basilsbest on September 3, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Video: ISW’s Elizabeth O’Bagy Breaks Down Composition of Syrian Rebels

[saus on September 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM]

Thanks for that, saus. The graphic is useful but she’s kind of hard to follow her assessments to her conclusions. Maybe it’s just that she’s new to being in front of a camera.

Dusty on September 3, 2013 at 9:18 AM

its a no win for us and way to give the blame america crowd more ammo.
both sides suck and neither are worth our troops getting killed over or our money being wasted.

dmacleo on September 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Why inserting ourselves into Syria is backing the wrong horse is spelled out by Andy McCarthy. There are two compelling links within the piece, one of which I cited last evening.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/357421/syria-argument-has-not-changed-spring-andrew-c-mccarthy

The “rebels” are composed largely of jihadists and Islamic supremacists.

McCain has absolutely no good judgment. He is a dupe for Obysmal.

onlineanalyst on September 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Assad/Snowden 2016?

AngusMc on September 3, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Ugh. That old coot McCain is on F&F defending them screaming Allah Akbar. “Come on, they’re Muslims! BUT, they’re moderate Muslims”

BettyRuth on September 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM

There is a difference. Between extreme and moderate Muslims.

Extreme Muslims kill the Infidel in extreme ways.
Moderate Muslims only want to kill the infidel in moderate ways.

mechkiller_k on September 3, 2013 at 9:30 AM

I don’t live in the Middle East, and we’re talking about putting fellow Americans in harms way, so STFU, TYVM. I won’t demand your brothers come fight for me, I would appreciate the same respect in reverse.

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Thank you — this is spot on!

saus, your argument is over the use of Islamist vs. Al Qaeda. At the end of the day, who cares? You said it yourself above, “Most of the Arabs hate America, so do the Muslims, that’s the way it is.”

That’s why not one American life should be lost in Syria. Not one.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on September 3, 2013 at 9:51 AM

This might explain it all, if true.

Obama is a card carrying member of Muslim Brotherhood

I would not be at all shocked really, Obama is one shady character all around.

Alinsky on September 3, 2013 at 9:54 AM

AQ is exactly the group Obama wants to take control of Syria.

sadatoni on September 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM

If you believe anything Assad Obama says you deserve to live in delusion.

saus on September 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Fixed it for ya!

HarryBackside on September 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Assad/Snowden 2016?

AngusMc on September 3, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Sadly for many on this site these two characters are heroes…

mnjg on September 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM

It’s pretty bad when a middle east dictator makes more sense than Obama.

redguy on September 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM

The only way to win is not to play.

And to think I voted for McCain (well more Palin).

Will Obama and Kerry learn from Libya?

talkingpoints on September 3, 2013 at 10:05 AM

All of a sudden there are tens of thousands of Al Qaeda!!.. If you believe anything Assad says you deserve to live in delusion. Most of the rebels are Muslims, some are Jihadists. They are made up mostly of the roughly 1/2 of his army and generals which defected when they got orders to start slaughtering their own people 2.5 years ago.

saus on September 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Yes, many of the people fighting Assad are members of the Free Syrian Army. That would have been great two years ago, but the Muslim Brotherhood has co-opted the FSA, and now makes up much of their leadership. The FSA has become the military wing of of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, who provides much of the funding and weapons for the FSA. The other major group supporting the FSA comes from the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey.

The Syrian resistance may not be entirely composed of Jihadists, but they are all Islamists.

HarryBackside on September 3, 2013 at 10:06 AM

saus on September 3, 2013 at 8:44 AM

saus: There are multiple sources indicating that Zawahiri is actively recruiting jihadists to join their fellow “rebels” in Syria to topple Assad.

onlineanalyst on September 3, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Assad is lying but it is expected… Al Qaeda terrorists are barely 10% of the rebels… How about the terrorists supporting Assad and fighting for him like Hizballah?… In fact Assad is a terrorist regime and has the blood of hundreds of US troops on his hands because Syria was the main conduit to Al Qaeda terrorists during the Iraq war…

mnjg on September 3, 2013 at 8:56 AM

How about the fact that the leftist Muslim Brotherhood is financing the Free Syrian Army?

HarryBackside on September 3, 2013 at 10:12 AM

I don’t live in the Middle East, and we’re talking about putting fellow Americans in harms way, so STFU, TYVM. I won’t demand your brothers come fight for me, I would appreciate the same respect in reverse.

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Excuse me, but I did not demand you come fight for me, in fact Israel struck the nuclear reactor in Syria, it is Israel that is the only country that struck Syria this year, not once, not twice, not 3 times but more.. Further, it is Israelis that will receive the brunt of retaliation and Israelis that will lose their lives from very safe US cruise missile attacks.

We are courageous and willing to do so so that the message that use of WMD anywhere on anyone is totally unacceptable. So that such a thing will never happen to Israelis OR AMERICANS as is in our national interests. In case you didn’t realize Hezbollah the terrorist group is fighting for Assad, who is deploying WMD in conjunction with HEZBOLLAH. I’m sick of hearing this line of Americans fighting for us, to date not a single American soldier has ever fought or died for Israel. We fight and die plenty. We’re your most stalwart allies, we fight bravely, never complain. I won’t STFU as you put it. We’re the ones whom are prepared to sacrifice so WMD is never Gd forbid used on Americans too, we’re the ones who have stood up for Christians in the region. I’ll see you in hell you ingrate.

saus on September 3, 2013 at 10:17 AM

saus on September 3, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Let’s not misunderstand each other here, I love Israel. But if you, as an Israeli, support American intervention in Syria I’m going to have to tell you to go pound sand. There is no vital American interest here, and Israel is under no greater threat if we don’t intervene.

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Syria is the Obama’s and Kerry’s way of weaseling out of doing anything serious about Iran. Their riskless and meaningless saber rattling about Syria distracts attention from Iran.

We need to ask what is more evil? Assad killing a few thousand people with chemicals, many of whom are Al Qaeda supporters, or what Iran will with nuclear weapons? If you agree with me, we should be demanding that Iran becomes the focus of the world’s attention.

thuja on September 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

I’m afraid turning our backs on innocent victims is the only way to keep peace. Hard sacrifices.

jamesgreenidge on September 3, 2013 at 10:29 AM

How about the fact that the leftist Muslim Brotherhood is financing the Free Syrian Army?
HarryBackside on September 3, 2013 at 10:12 AM

How wonderful for them, anyone who has even cursory knowledge of these issues knows that Saudi Arabia + Qatar have provided the FSA the vast majority of its funding and weapons, and they stage in Turkey. Jihadists are being recruited and funded by Jihadists. If you’re going to comment, please at least show your fellow commenters the smallest amount of respect by at least at the minimum, getting the basic facts right. Thanks Harry. Have a nice day.

saus on September 3, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Bishop on September 3, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Any more ruthless than say, our civil war?

astonerii on September 3, 2013 at 10:36 AM

How wonderful for them, anyone who has even cursory knowledge of these issues knows that Saudi Arabia + Qatar have provided the FSA the vast majority of its funding and weapons, and they stage in Turkey.

saus on September 3, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Because I don’t know all basic facts, I thought I would ask if Saudi and Qatar are funding the same groups in Syria? I had read where the two countries are taking different foreign policy paths.

thuja on September 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

If you’re going to comment, please at least show your fellow commenters the smallest amount of respect

saus on September 3, 2013 at 10:29 AM

I’ll see you in hell you ingrate.

saus on September 3, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Interesting stuff!

Bishop on September 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Any more ruthless than say, our civil war?

astonerii on September 3, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Put on a scale and measured against each other, I don’t know, does it matter?

Bishop on September 3, 2013 at 10:39 AM

How wonderful for them, anyone who has even cursory knowledge of these issues knows that Saudi Arabia + Qatar have provided the FSA the vast majority of its funding and weapons, and they stage in Turkey. Jihadists are being recruited and funded by Jihadists. If you’re going to comment, please at least show your fellow commenters the smallest amount of respect by at least at the minimum, getting the basic facts right. Thanks Harry. Have a nice day.

saus on September 3, 2013 at 10:29 AM

You are bringing facts but many are not willing to listen… They are just grabbing every piece of propaganda that the Assad terrorist regime is putting out there and believing it…

mnjg on September 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM

You are bringing facts but many are not willing to listen… They are just grabbing every piece of propaganda that the Assad terrorist regime is putting out there and believing it…

mnjg on September 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM

When did Israel officially proclaim they supported the rebels over Assad?

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Because I don’t know all basic facts, I thought I would ask if Saudi and Qatar are funding the same groups in Syria? I had read where the two countries are taking different foreign policy paths.

thuja on September 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

You know a lot. Qatar’s weapons have reached people neither of us are fond of, and they don’t seem to mind backing extremists in the mix.

saus on September 3, 2013 at 10:54 AM

When did Israel officially proclaim they supported the rebels over Assad?

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 10:52 AM

That is Israel’s position, the government does not comment on the record to preserve so called ‘non-interference’ but that is merely politics, nothing more. It’s clear that Assad is an insane mass murderer aligned with Iran and Hezbollah, who has now even deployed WMD. (the British say 14 times). It is Iran and Hezbollah who will takeover Syria if Assad survives, he owes his existence to them, he’s now a puppet. He’d have been killed and lost by now if not for them fighting for him. Israel’s position is Assad must go, just like the USA’s position.

Former MI chief Yadlin says potential US strike on Syria will deter those contemplating use of unconventional weapons against Israel; argues it is vital for Israel that “Tehran-Damascus-Hezbollah axis” not win in Syria.”

saus on September 3, 2013 at 11:03 AM

That is Israel’s position, the government does not comment on the record…

saus on September 3, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Then it’s not Israel’s position. Israel is not neutral in this, they just don’t have a good side to support in this. Israel gains nothing from either side winning. If the rebels win Iran is still Iran, and Hezbollah backed terrorists become Muslim Bortherhood backed terrorists. And the chemical weapons remain in place.

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Assad is lying but it is expected… Al Qaeda terrorists are barely 10% of the rebels… How about the terrorists supporting Assad and fighting for him like Hizballah?… In fact Assad is a terrorist regime and has the blood of hundreds of US troops on his hands because Syria was the main conduit to Al Qaeda terrorists during the Iraq war…

mnjg on September 3, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Please explain how any of these things are good…

… it’s barely 10% dog poop in the brownies!
… it’s barely 10% Ex-Lax in the brownies!

… it’s barely 10% TREASON in arming our enemies!

I fail to see where your (unsupported) assertion is in any way a positive commentary on our getting involved.

dominigan on September 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Except that is Israel’s position. You don’t have to go on the record to hold a position. Israel does not see the situation as you do, because the rebels are the Free Syrian Army, and not Al Qaeda as I stated in this thread. There are Islamist elements, and extremist elements but they don’t makeup the majority, nor would they have the funding and money and INTL support to try to rule Syria if Assad falls. That’s just nonsense put forward by Assad and Putin. Putin incidentally won’t support those extremists either. How will they seize and rule Syria with no support, no money, and no legitimacy? By magic? Nor do they have the military power to wrest control of Syria from the Christians, Kurds or rest of the FSA. What would result is an election, with a power sharing agreement between those minorities, the FSA, and Islamists. Similar to Lebanon, a country nearly identical to Syria. No one has the numbers or support to take Syria for themselves and that goes for the WMD too.

That’s why Israel, the West, the USA, and equally the bulk of the Middle East / Arab countries are supporting The Free Syrian Army, officially on the record or not.

saus on September 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Soon obama will negotiate with Asaad. The rebels and Asaad are the enemies of the USA.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Gawd, I hate to say it, but the murderous little thug makes a fairly powerful argument…

JohnGalt23 on September 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Ed, learn the difference between the words comprised and composed.

discojoe on September 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Gawd, I hate to say it, but the murderous little thug makes a fairly powerful argument…

JohnGalt23 on September 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Just because you’re a bloody monster doesn’t mean you can’t speak truly on occasion. I see at least two true statements here.

1) al-Qaeda are dedicated terrorists, homicidal enemies and dangerous threats to every civilized nation. There is only one way to deal with them, and it is to annihilate them.

2) The Middle East is a powder keg. Perhaps the most dangerous idiocy of the proposed half-a$$ed intervention is the failure to recognize the magnitude of the potential to spark a much broader regional war that will include Israel.

Recognizing the overwhelming risks of half-a$$ed pinprick attacks on Syria, intended to make Obama’s self-serving political points, does not make you an isolationist. That particular straw man needs to be identified and outed before the talking heads adopt it as conventional wisdom and it becomes part of the Narrative.

I’m not opposed to foreign intervention per se. I’m opposed to half-measure lead by faculty lounge liberals who don’t grasp the concept or purposes of waging war.

novaculus on September 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I believe it is in our national interest to allow or assist these Islamist terrorists (all of them) in killing as many of them as possible. Not us killing them. kill each other. They hate us why should we help them?

scboy on September 3, 2013 at 2:48 PM

RUSH: What if Assad was framed by the rebels and the Obama admin? ALSO video proof rebels used chem weapons… http://fw.to/uJldMbc

U.S. intelligence agencies involved in chemical attack in Syria http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/09/02/us-intelligence-agencies-involved-in-chemical-attack-in-syria.html

exodus2011 on September 3, 2013 at 7:12 PM