Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Obama’s Contras: The Syrian ‘Rebels’

...US-Saudi covert action in the Syrian civil war picked up just as Obama balked in the face of public outrage and just before the announcement that an agreement had been reached to dismantle Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons arsenal....
...Track one – direct US military intervention – has been effectively derailed, at least for the moment; however, this just means track two – a years-long effort to build up Syrian opposition forces – has been accelerated. The much-vaunted 'moderate' rebel forces are getting $250 million in aid, including 'light' weapons and ammunition, as well as 'management' training in local governance. The idea is to focus on communities where al-Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, is strong, so as to buttress supposedly 'emerging moderate leaders.''
That’s the theory: the practice, however, is quite another matter...
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