Source: Obama to move forward with plan to arm Syrian rebels
July 23rd, 2013
05:00 PM ET

Source: Obama to move forward with plan to arm Syrian rebels

By Brianna Keilar, Jessica Yellin and Tom Cohen

Reluctant approval from Congress for providing military support to Syrian rebels allows the Obama administration to move forward with plans first announced almost six weeks ago.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday that the goal of the military aid expected to include small arms, ammunition and perhaps anti-tank weapons is to keep the Syrian opposition going against forces aligned with President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Noting al-Assad's forces have been helped by Hezbollah in Lebanon as well as Iran, Carney said Syrian rebels need the help of the United States and allied nations to withstand an increased assault.

"The aid is intended to help the opposition resist Assad and eventually prevail," Carney said, adding that any resolution of Syria's civil war will require a political transition.

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  1. George Patton

    I hope US economy recovery speeds up and we start financing middle eastern conflicts on bigger scales. A good broker makes money no matter stocks go up or stocks go down.

    July 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  2. George patton

    This is pure stupidity to say the least. Now we can't even run Iraq with all the violence going on there and now Obama wants to take over in Syria. How ludicrous!!!

    July 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  3. Also

    Just when the Egyptians decide to fight radical islam within their own country, we stop the delivery of f-16 fighter jets.

    hmmm.

    July 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  4. Ethan Moffitt

    The sad truth of the matter is that if you do nothing your inadvertently aiding the rise of the Russian establishment, yes they by their mere existence bare the same right as we to establish an empire, the confliction is reality, being that the human existence is an inflating species and resources with higher and higher demand are become more and more scares. Russia does not like us and behind China’s mask of friendship they are plotting a foundation for the obtaining of future resources in Africa. The world is a shrinking macrocosm of life and unity is the only vehicle for success. Sadly this means we must arm those whom are our or future allies, especially when they harbor valued resources. “Times are a changing”

    July 24, 2013 at 9:08 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Good grief Ethan, you sound like another hillbilly Tea Partier from the South. It is we who are endeavoring to take over Syria, not the Russians. Wise up, will you?!

      July 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        Well I reread the article, and I have to admit, there is some truth in what Ethan says; now I feel like I am another hillbilly Tea Partier from the South. It is Russia who are endeavoring to take over Syria, not us. Sorry my friend!

        July 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm |
      • Jay

        The Russians have long been allies of Al-Assad even before the Civil War, the U.S. didn't take interest in Syria until 3 years into this conflict. International relations is not based as much along party lines as one would normally think.

        July 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm |
    • Alex279

      Sometimes it feels that US interest is purely to cause damage to Russia and China (to a somewhat lesser extent) just for the sake of causing damage without any potential benefit for US.

      While Russia's goals are very clear - to maintain status quo - simply put, Assad may be not the best guy in the World, but there is no viable, or even more or less sane alternative in sight. US interest, or at least US officially stated interest is to topple Assad regardless of who comes instead of him. What is the rational for this? A hope that after the dust setles some religious fanatics will be more reasonable than other religious fanatics, or what? One should not look very far to find examples where it goes badly. Yet US stubburnly pursuing this apploach one country after another after another.

      July 25, 2013 at 1:56 am | Reply
  5. StanCalif

    Time to stop all this madness! What did we accomplish in Iraq? NOTHING! Today, the Iraqis are back to killing each other! What happened to the "freedom and democracy" we supposedly won for these people? Afghanistan the same. Egypt's new democracy failed in one year.
    Countries that were prosperous under dictators are now "basket cases". Where will this end? Economies are destroyed, cities lie in ruins. More guns, more bullets, more bombs are not the answer!

    July 24, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
    • Ethan Moffitt

      The US involvement in the Middle East prior was to the attempt to attain their oil, this is an attempt to maintain a facet of the world’s interconnectedness for the best of the US and our "allies."

      July 24, 2013 at 9:14 am | Reply
  6. Hiding in Plain Sight

    Stupid idea. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
    But then again we've come to expect stupidity from Washingtion, haven't we?

    July 24, 2013 at 7:32 am | Reply
  7. simplyput

    Just in time to greet escaped Al Quida terrorists.

    July 24, 2013 at 1:08 am | Reply
  8. Zerg

    And you won't find any negative news about this on the front page of any news agency either. The press, and TV, LOVE way. They want all out war. They want to cover the troops leaving, the contractors working, the arms flowing, the aircraft taking off, the battles, the killing, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc, the coming home shows, the after war effects, the budget crunches, the layoffs... the list goes ON AND ON. You won't find negative news because it makes BILLIONS over many years for news and tv.

    July 23, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  9. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    This is sheer lunacy at it's very worst! Besides, what will it prove in the end? Nothing except to show just big the bullies are that we have become. This international bullying needs to stop as it embarrasses us all even to be Americans!

    July 23, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  10. m&m

    Im against this, madness.

    July 23, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Reply
    • m&m

      Now we're actually going to overtly, intentionally fund jihadists. Funds run out sept 30th for this but they will do it again.

      July 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  11. Big T

    .I am a DEM...and NO NO NO NO NO to this McCain plan........

    July 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  12. USMC1369

    It looks like not all h*ll is going to stop this clown Obama from dragging this country into Syria's civil war! Now the Syrians will die by the hundreds of thousands, if not by the millions, thanks to this President's idiocy! This is senseless to say the least and it's no wonder ours is the most hated country in the world today!

    July 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @usmc1369,remember bud who's presidents have created or intervened in more wars the republicans bud..And yes I'd like to stay out of Syria and I bet Pres.Obama hopefully will keep the boots off the Syrian ground and if necessary just give weapons letting them fight for themselves for once..Our country was the most hated in the world because of imbeciles like Bush who liked to stick his nose in every countrys business like Iraq,Afghanistan and now Pres.Obama is trying to be diplomatic in advocating peace against the likes of McCain and the MIC who've got their nails in capital hills republican reps the real warmongers!!

      July 23, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Reply
      • USMC1371

        That has to be one of most retarded posts I have ever seen.

        Obama is going to advocate peace by arming rebels/terrorist? ???

        And it's bush's fault????

        July 24, 2013 at 6:15 am |

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