Assad: We’ll start handing over our chemical weapons when the U.S. stops arming Syria’s rebels

posted at 2:01 pm on September 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

I … don’t remember this being part of the offer.

Obama had better run it past Putin right away to see how he wants the U.S. to respond.

Syria will fulfil an initiative to hand over its chemical weapons only when the United States stops threatening to strike Syria, RIA news agency quoted President Bashar al-Assad as saying in a television interview…

“When we see the United States really wants stability in our region and stops threatening, striving to attack, and also ceases arms deliveries to terrorists, then we will believe that the necessary processes can be finalized,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with Russian state television.

He said that in an interview with Russian state television, naturally. Putin told reporters on Monday that the White House must withdraw its threat of an attack on Syria as a precondition to launching the big face-saving weapons inspections charade at the UN but, unless I missed it, said nothing about the rebels. Now here’s Assad upping the ante on the same day that U.S. papers are announcing that American weapons shipments to the rebels have begun. There’s no way Obama will agree to it, needless to say. He accepted the UN deal because it preserved more of his credibility than a landslide defeat in Congress would have, but the more Putin humiliates him and the more demands are placed by Russian and Syrian on the U.S. to preemptively neuter its military options, the more O’s credibility calculus will change. At some point here, continuing this pattycake session with the Kremlin and their degenerate client in Syria will cost him more political capital than simply going ahead and bombing will.

That makes me wonder what the angle is to what Assad said here. Obviously he wants to drag out negotiations at the UN, but the U.S. isn’t going to haggle over a demand that they withdraw completely from the battlefield in Syria. If Assad insists on it, negotiations will collapse quickly and then we’re back to the bombing scenario. Maybe this is more of a rhetorical play to get western media to pay extra attention to the rebels and their relationship with the U.S. If Assad can make this a key point of debate at the UN, he can do damage to the White House even if he’s prepared to eventually drop the demand. The media is filled with stories lately about how radical the rebels are: Mike McCaul said just yesterday that at least 50 percent of them are “bad guys” and Mother Jones is out with a piece this morning exploring how lax the controls are among the “moderate” rebels in keeping U.S. aid away from jihadis. Then there’s this, via the Daily Caller, from an expert who spent time with the rebels in Syria:

“The ‘moderate’ force which we are told about supposedly consists of those rebel brigades aligned with the Supreme Military Command, of Major-General Salim Edriss,” he continued. ”Most of the units aligned with the SMC actually come from a 20-unit strong bloc called the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front. This includes some powerful brigades, such as Liwa al-Islam in the Damascus area, Liwa al Farouq and Liwa al Tawhid. These and the overwhelming majority of the units aligned with the SMC are Islamist formations, who adhere to a Muslim Brotherhood-type outlook.”…

“I spent some time with the Tawhid Brigade in Aleppo city at the height of the fighting there,” Spyer said. ” I interviewed one of the leaders of the brigade. I’ve been in the Middle East for a long time and have worked on these issues for a long time. This was an Islamist fighting force, adhering to an Islamist ideology. So even those forces nominally aligned with western supported bodies are themselves overwhelmingly Islamist in outlook (there may be a very small and marginal number of forces who are ostensibly secular, but these are of no military significance). It’s my contention that the real power in the rebellion lies not in the external structures, but among the commanders of the major fighting groups. These men are Islamists.”

Having Russia and Syria make a big stink at the UN about the rebels being “terrorists” who shouldn’t be supplied with arms will spur more coverage like that, which will drive support in the U.S. for intervening in Syria even lower. That doesn’t mean the White House will agree to shut the weapons pipeline to Assad’s enemies — at this point, simple credibility demands that it stay open — but it can make life even tougher for O.

By the way, in some precincts of the Obama-admiring media today, the Russian denouement is being treated as a big win. No foolin’.

Update: Ed suggests this as a video complement to the post.


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CurtZHP on September 12, 2013 at 2:03 PM

How about we’ll stop arming the rebels when Russia and Iran stop arming you. Plus, the Hezbollah trops and Iranian troops go home. After all if we have no boots on the ground neither should they.

KW64 on September 12, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Syrian Islamic Liberation Front.

Splitters!

NotCoach on September 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I … don’t remember this being part of the offer.

Of course not.

Obama is their bi*ch now. They can make all kinds of new demands.

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Terrorists breaking promises/altering the deal? No way!!!

thebrokenrattle on September 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Obama had better run it past Putin right away to see how he wants the U.S. to respond.

Heh.

SailorMark on September 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM

See? Assad and Putin just want peace. It’s the US that wants war.

That, I’m afraid, is how much of the world views it.

Putin completely played Obama.

SteveMG on September 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM

why do I get the feeling that the Rebels, Assad, Putin and Obama are all working together to screw American citizens…

equanimous on September 12, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Of course, the United States is going to lose this game and be a zero in world affairs until the end of the Obama presidency. Even if the ghost of Reagan were take over Obama’s body, no improvement is possible until Obama is out of office.

thuja on September 12, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I … don’t remember this being part of the offer.

Maybe it is time to quote Dear Leader…

Don’t call my bluff!

… I sure hope someone is writing this all down for the amusement of future generations.

Seven Percent Solution on September 12, 2013 at 2:10 PM

HA HA!

/muntz

Ward Cleaver on September 12, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Kerry better put his Super Test hat on. The one that reads “DUNCE”.

patman77 on September 12, 2013 at 2:10 PM

In Assad’s defense (sort of), he knows that if he loses that he and his family and allies are dead. There is no negotiated solution that won’t end up with him hanging by a rope.

Remember Churchill’s line about dictators riding the tiger:

“Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount.”

SteveMG on September 12, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Don’t call my bluff!

Seven Percent Solution on September 12, 2013 at 2:10 PM

that still cracks me up…

equanimous on September 12, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Of course, the United States is going to lose this game and be a zero in world affairs until the end of the Obama presidency. Even if the ghost of Reagan were take over Obama’s body, no improvement is possible until Obama is out of office.

thuja on September 12, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Yep, Jimmy Carter squared.

Ward Cleaver on September 12, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Thank you Sir may I have another?

sandee on September 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM

equanimous on September 12, 2013 at 2:09 PM

With 0bama, they don’t have to work together. Obama will do all the work.

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Nothing comical yet because I apparently need to wait for verbaluce’s posts only at this moment and solely on this thread.

rogerb on September 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Next up: Assad will turn over his chemical weapons when, and only when, Israel turns over her nuclear weapons.

Fabozz on September 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Obama had better run it past Putin right away to see how he wants the U.S. to respond.

Brutal.

John the Libertarian on September 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM

So Assad wants us to stop arming al Qaeda? He obviously doesn’t know obama well enough.

oceansidecon on September 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Assad: We’ll start handing over our chemical weapons when the U.S. stops arming Syria’s rebels

This is the guy cowering and willing to cut a deal because of smart power?

The world mocks us further.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Why are we arming Islamists again???

Murf76 on September 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM

rogerb on September 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I don’t think even verbulance is stupid enough to try this one.

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Mmm I guess no one in the administration kind of,maybe thought Assad might string this out a little more now that he knows there will be no retaliation

jaywemm on September 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Ed was right about the video, btw. It does compliment the post.

Murf76 on September 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

John Boehner and Eric Cantor shocked at how easy Putin and Assad make it look to back Obama into a corner.

DaveDief on September 12, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Obama had better run it past Putin right away to see how he wants the U.S. to respond.

Heh.

SailorMark on September 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM

DITTO “heh”.

Lourdes on September 12, 2013 at 2:15 PM

This is what happens when the President is feckless and weak.

What scares me even more than our feckless and weak President is that the leadership of the opposition party is as, if not more, feckless and weak.

It’s 35 or so years after Jimmy Carter’s feckless and incompetent Presidency – and we’re still paying a high price for the missteps and failings of Carter. We’re going to be paying even longer – and ultimately in blood and treasure – for the fundamentally wrong actions and vision of Barack Obama.

Athos on September 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

This is what happens when to have a FacePalm Foreign Policy.

‘Toons of the Day: Syrian Slapstick

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Putin and Assad are pwn’ing Obama about as well as Obama pwn’s Boehner.

Athos on September 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

That is gonna leave a mark.

Johnnyreb on September 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

John Boehner and Eric Cantor shocked at how easy Putin and Assad make it look to back Obama into a corner.

DaveDief on September 12, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Moment such as that is when thinking people go: “I don’t like it, it’s too easy.”

It’s too easy. Obama, Putin, Assad, Syrian rebels of varieties, it’s too easy how they’re making strange music together. I don’t like it. Or any of them.

Lourdes on September 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Remember when Bush had a shoe thrown at him? I think Obama has had an entire shoe factory thrown at him.

NotCoach on September 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Obama had better run it past Putin right away to see how he wants the U.S. to respond.


Life Imitates Art: The Manchurian Candidate III: This Time, It’s Personal

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Update: Ed suggests this as a video complement to the post.

haha!!

This isn’t going to end well, is it?

JetBoy on September 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM

But just yesterday the True Believer Bots said

That Threat Worked By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
For all you innumerable skeptics of President Obama’s calls for military strikes on Syria, consider this:

For decades, Syria has refused to confirm that it has chemical weapons. Now, facing a limited strike, its position abruptly changed to: Oh! We do have them after all! And we want to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention! We want to show them to United Nations inspectors.
In short, the mere flexing of military power worked — initially and tentatively. And while it seems that neither Congress nor the public has any appetite for cruise missile strikes on Syria, it will be critical to keep the military option alive in the coming weeks or Russia and Syria will play us like a yo-yo.

To which I can only reply that it’s not a “yo-yo” Obama’s being played for, it’s a “ho-ho”. You know, the kind Al Sharpton dates.

M240H on September 12, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Disaster. :-(

Punchenko on September 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

‘Toons of the Day: Syrian Slapstick

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

The third one from top is the winner: “BINGO!”

Lourdes on September 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Weeeeee!

de rigueur on September 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

So, not only is Putin out-smarting Obama…

Now Assad is out-smarting Obama.

sentinelrules on September 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Capt. Renault is Shocked!
Who didn’t see this coming?
John Kerry, perhaps…

Haiku Guy on September 12, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Can we replace Boehner with Putin?

He’s playing Obama like a cheap fiddle.

cool breeze on September 12, 2013 at 2:22 PM

M240H on September 12, 2013 at 2:19 PM

One of my good buds isn’t speaking to me the last couple of days…got in a real heated argument over that same thing…how Obama ridded Syria of chem weapons without firing a shot and should be praised for it…and that Putin played only a very small part.

It ain’t easy being me. But dang, it’s never boring.

JetBoy on September 12, 2013 at 2:22 PM

The third one from top is the winner: “BINGO!”

Lourdes on September 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

The face says it all. ‘Take that! I’m sooooo smaht!’

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Barry & Kerry are more flexible now that the election is over.

Punchenko on September 12, 2013 at 2:24 PM

“These men are Islamists.”

I don’t want to be indelicate here…

… but isn’t arming ‘terrorists’ an infraction anymore?

Seven Percent Solution on September 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

The Laurel and Hardy Presidency: After the Syrian slapstick, it’s time to sober up U.S. foreign policy.

After writing in the London Telegraph that Monday was “the worst day for U.S. and wider Western diplomacy since records began,” former British ambassador Charles Crawford asked simply: “How has this happened?”

On the answer, opinions might differ. Or maybe not. A consensus assessment of the past week’s events could easily form around Oliver Hardy’s famous lament to the compulsive bumbler Stan Laurel: “Here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten us into!”

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

I … don’t remember this being part of the offer.

Obama had better run it past Putin right away to see how he wants the U.S. to respond.

OOF!

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Hope and Change!

Smart power!

Forward!

The world will respect us again!

So glad I never fell for this garbage.

Jack_Burton on September 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Barry & Kerry are more flexible now that the election is over.

Punchenko on September 12, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Flexible? They’re veritable contortion artists!

sandee on September 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

So, not only is Putin out-smarting Obama…

Now Assad is out-smarting Obama.

sentinelrules on September 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Not that hard really…look at Obama’s cabinet.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Let’s face it.
Assad and Putin have this whole thing gamed-out. And THEY are pushing the buttons.

Obama ( and America ) is being herded into a corner from which he’ll (we’ll) be consolidated, humiliated and kicked out of the Mid-East.

Jabberwock on September 12, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Obama Presidential Puppet…Putin New Puppet Meister

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Life is satire now.

NO fiction could have imagined all this.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Of course not.

Obama is their bi*ch now. They can make all kinds of new demands.

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Now that he’s tied to the bed, the rest of the gang can come in.

slickwillie2001 on September 12, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Jug Ears has too much ego involved. Eventually we’ll be drawn into this mess because ‘the smartest man in the world’ is to damned dumb to stay the hell out of it.

Let ‘em kill each other.

GarandFan on September 12, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Not that hard really…look at Obama’s cabinet.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 2:27 PM

The Post Turtle’s Post Turtle Cabinet

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 2:29 PM

IF Obama really was the smart power guy he was touted to be, the genius at … well…everything… including foreign policy… that the LEFT has asserted him to be… he might be able to parlay this ultimatum into the best possible policy for the US and the West in Syria and the Middle East… CONTAINMENT.

thatsafactjack on September 12, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Obama should have stayed in the Kiddie Pool.

kingsjester on September 12, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Remember when Bush had a shoe thrown at him? I think Obama has had an entire shoe factory thrown at him.

NotCoach on September 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Remember Bush’s lightning quick duck? Obama can’t even girl throw a soft pitch.

patman77 on September 12, 2013 at 2:31 PM

There’s no way Obama will agree to it, needless to say. He accepted the UN deal because it preserved more of his credibility than a landslide defeat in Congress would have, but the more Putin humiliates him and the more demands are placed by Russian and Syrian on the U.S. to preemptively neuter its military options, the more O’s credibility calculus will change. At some point here, continuing this pattycake session with the Kremlin and their degenerate client in Syria will cost him more political capital than simply going ahead and bombing will.

I said last night and today that obama’s ego and tiny set will NOT be mocked.

Putin better watch out – obama is clinically ill with NPD.

He’ll bomb, at any blood/treasure cost, just to show Putin.

Btw, people, dead/alive, are just stats fro Putin and obama. No one should kid themselves otherwise.

Putin is overplaying the hand obama dealt him.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 2:31 PM

slickwillie2001 on September 12, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Yep, the United States had a great run until democrats ended it.

I expect Canada to look to China for that pipeline any day now.

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Is there any way we could petition to have Putin demand that the Dear Liar renounce Obamacare?

Galt2009 on September 12, 2013 at 2:31 PM

thatsafactjack on September 12, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Big “If” :)

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Branco has a good cartoon. about the 3rd story down.
http://legalinsurrection.com/

countrybumpkin on September 12, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Ha ha Ed. Perfect video choice.

gwelf on September 12, 2013 at 2:34 PM

It did seem kind of strange that Assad would give up his most deadly weapons while the US/al qaeda alliance is attacking him. Giving up his best weapons didn’t help Q’daffy at all. In fact, it made it safe for Obama and his al qaeda allies to go in and kill him.

Buddahpundit on September 12, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Spine of steel or something.

mankai on September 12, 2013 at 2:36 PM

By the way, in some precincts of the Obama-admiring media today, the Russian denouement is being treated as a big win. No foolin’.

Gaslighting for Bark, big time.

“Who do you believe? Us or you own lying eyes?”

Bruno Strozek on September 12, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I expect Canada to look to China for that pipeline any day now.

Won’t happen. It’d have to go through (and be approved by) British Columbia. BC voters look at Seattle voters and think, “What a bunch of right-wing troglodytes.”

Fabozz on September 12, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Obama is like a cheap whore getting bitchslapped by her pimp.

David in ATL on September 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM

If the table was turned, I’d be laughing.

Cindy Munford on September 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I think that Rodeo Clown pretty much nailed it…

Seven Percent Solution on September 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM

This is very sad. If it wasn’t so serious it would be laughable. Obambi and Kerry are being played like a fiddle. I see Kerry forgot to wear his cap with the propeller and his whistle ring should things get tough. What an incompetent overmatched pair of dunces.

rjoco1 on September 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Tired of having Putin and Assad kick his a$$ on a regular basis, Barack Obama will make his 20th pivot to the economy in the latest attempt to restore to himself the illusion of leadership and competence.

Athos on September 12, 2013 at 2:44 PM

‘Toons of the Day: Syrian Slapstick

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Brutal

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Putin must be a racist.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Assad is doing more to sway American public opinion than Obama.

Deafdog on September 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Hey Barry, can you bend over and pick up that soap bar for me.

Thanks, Pootie

hillsoftx on September 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Ummmm – back to square one? I can hear Obama now – “What? But, but, I was about to pivot back to economy …”

djl130 on September 12, 2013 at 2:48 PM

So Assad will only give up his chemical weapons if the US government stops committing treason by arming the Al Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood rebels? Sounds like a win/win for the American people!

FloatingRock on September 12, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Assad should shut up while he’s ahead or he’s going to get smacked hard and then find out only afterwards that he and Vlad don’t have anything to back up their big mouths.

Deafdog on September 12, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Quick, give Obama a reset button!

JustTruth101 on September 12, 2013 at 2:49 PM

‘This was my plan all along!’

- President Barack Obama, 12 September 2013

‘I can’t believe the White House’s strategy on Syria is working out this well. I doubt they can, either.’

— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) September 10, 2013

Yeah, Bam’s got Putin and Assad right where he wants them or something!

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Putin Makes Obama Pay A High Price For His Escape

This is exactly what coldwarrior and I were pointing out the other evening.

No one should ever underestimate Vladimir Putin.

Putin is the ex-head of the KGB. He cut his teeth there. He hasn’t forgotten the lessons he learned there.

Kerry was always a poseur, and one who was willing to sell out his own brothers in arms in the military to garner political capital within the Democrats inner circle, even if that meant lying.He’s also an elitist of the highest order who basks in his own appraisal of his talents and intellect.

While Putin didn’t maneuver Obama and Kerry into making these monumental mistakes in the execution of their preferred policy in Syria, he certainly didn’t miss the opportunity to use their mistakes, and their own personal weaknesses, against them very effectively. It was in how well he read the situation as it unfolded,judging when and how to act, that reflects Putin’s efficiency.

Vladimir Putin is not a genius. He’s not even brilliant. He is smart…he is patient… and he learned his lessons at the KGB very well, indeed.

thatsafactjack on September 12, 2013 at 2:52 PM

What a maroon. Obama I mean not Assad. We shouldn’t be arming AQ with taxpayers money.

Mini-14 on September 12, 2013 at 2:53 PM

We are going to have to bomb Syria just to get some credibility back. What a maroon!

Cindy Munford on September 12, 2013 at 2:57 PM

By the way, in some precincts of the Obama-admiring media today, the Russian denouement is being treated as a big win. No foolin’.

meh, just the usual sycophants.

Flapjackmaka on September 12, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Nun: Syrian Rebels Cut a Little Girl In Half With a Frame Saw While She Was Still Alive

‘In the village of Estreba they massacred all the residents and burnt down their houses. In the village of al-Khratta almost all the 37 locals were killed. Only ten people were able to escape.

A total of twelve Alawite villages were subjected to this horrendous attack. That was a true slaughterhouse. People were mutilated and beheaded. There is even a video that shows a girl being dismembered alive – alive! – by a frame saw. The final death toll exceeded 400, with 150 to 200 people taken hostage. Later some of the hostages were killed, their deaths filmed.’

Two Men Allegedly Overheard Incredibly Explosive Skype Conversation While Being Held Hostage in Syria

• In August, Belgian teacher Pierre Piccinin and Italian journalist Domenico Quiric were reportedly abducted in Syria by armed men in pickup trucks, possibly with the Free Syrian Army.

• The men were released on Sunday and have been speaking out about their horrific experience.

• Both men claim they overheard an English-language Skype conversation suggesting Syrian rebels are behind chemical attack.

• 62-year-old journalist Domenico Quiric says radical Islamists want to topple Assad and extend global caliphate.

Syrian Rebels: BIBLES are ‘More Dangerous Than Chemical Weapons’…

A video apparently made by Islamic rebels in Syria shows a large collection of confiscated Bibles and biblical materials, such as the Book of John, that it describes as “more dangerous than chemical weapons.”

The video appeared yesterday, just as reports from Syria said Islamic rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s army were “liberating” villages and forcing Christians there to convert to Islam or die.

Christians reportedly were being abducted and executed, although there were conflicting reports.

The new video of the confiscated Bibles was posted by Eretz Zen, who describes himself as a secular Syrian who opposes “having my country turned into a Taliban-like state.”

The video shows stacks of Arabic language Bibles and other books. A sign is posted with the warning: “O nation of Muhammad, wake up. For there are things even more dangerous than chemical weapons. Beware the Christianization campaigns.”

According to the Eretz Zen site, the footage was taken Sept. 3 in the Syrian town of Jarablus on the Turkish border.

A voice on the video says, “They exploit the needs of Syrian citizens in order to spread Christian thought.”

The narrator also describes a small bag of communion wafers as a “pork meat derivative,” which is supplied “to fool the gullible children with.”

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Mini-14 on September 12, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Opps, I must have seem that as I responded, to funny.

Cindy Munford on September 12, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Where are the drooling trolls?

oldroy on September 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM

The ‘moderate’ force which we are told about supposedly consists of those rebel brigades aligned with the Supreme Military Command, of Major-General Salim Edriss,

This, from the leader of the ‘moderate’ force:

‘ISRAEL IS AN ENEMY COUNTRY. I SAY THIS LOUD AND CLEAR. It occupies Syrian lands. The FSA will not change its position regarding that country before it withdraws from the Syrian lands, and recognizes the legitimate rights of the Arab Palestinian people.’

- Brigadier General Salim Idris, Chief of Staff of the US-backed Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army

General Idris is one of McCain’s close ‘friends.’

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Where are the drooling trolls?

oldroy on September 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Even they ain’t stupid enough to wade into this 0bamanation.

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM

I hear Obambi is going to be more assertive and demanding… if it’s ok with Assad and Putin

rjoco1 on September 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Vladimir Putin is not a genius. He’s not even brilliant. He is smart…he is patient… and he learned his lessons at the KGB very well, indeed.

thatsafactjack on September 12, 2013 at 2:52 PM

He’s also a thug, more cunning than the thug he fiddles with.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM

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