March 2nd, 2012
05:59 PM ET

U.S. military not reaching out to Syrian opposition

By Chris Lawrence

A U.S. defense official said there are no immediate plans for American military officials to work with the newly created military council in Syria.

"This was just announced a few days ago, so it's probably premature to make decisions on what our role will be," the official said.

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The Syrian National Council chairman said Thursday that the group had formed a military council that would act as a de facto Defense Ministry to oppose President Bashar al Assad's regime.

The American defense official said the State Department remains the primary lead for U.S. contact with Syrian opposition groups. He also cautioned that the fragmented nature of those groups represents a challenge in coordinating strictly with one agent.

"We know the Syrian National Council doesn't speak for the Free Syria movement, for example, and vice versa. So that presents an immediate question of who is and is not represented by this military council."

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  1. Nukegumby

    It's a good step forward, but there has to be a unified front in Syria against the regime, and it has to have popular support, before the US can really do anything. I hope we can reach the point of supporting them a la Libya, if just from a humanitarian standpoint. But we can't shower a collection of unknown and unorganized protesters with money and weapons and expect a positive response. That's wishful thinking and we've seen the approach fail several times in Central America and South America.

    March 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • Marilyn Monroe

      The whole world hates israel. Pass it on.

      March 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
      • Oregon John

        The world hates your facist beliefs pass it on

        March 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  2. portland tony

    This is one race in which we don't have a horse running ! There is no reason to aid a revolution that will bring another Islamic sectarian government to power in Syria. Politically, this is a non-starter. The only pressure we need to exert is on Assad to exercise more humanitarian behavior. With Iran sitting on Syria's border we would have to maintain a large presence on the ground forever. And a new regime probably wouldn't want us there long term anyhow

    March 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • portland tony

      Typo correction : ...Iran...should read Iraq

      March 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • USMC

      Vote Ron Paul!

      March 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  3. Nadim

    Our role is simple – we should have no role.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
    • Syrian Wife

      Totally Agree!!!

      March 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  4. USMC

    Wake Up America!

    Our enemy is zionism and the zionist traitors running our government. From the President on down to most members of Congress.

    Sorry George Washington.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply
    • Nukegumby

      You're not doing the corps proud, USMC. Bigotry of any kind is reprehensible.

      March 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
      • USMC

        How would you know anything about the Marines? You're not a Marine and you'll never be a Marine because you're a dirty idf propagandist in the evil baby-killing idf.

        You know it and I know it.

        You're on-the-clock in some caca-hole in tel-aviv and your shift is about up.

        So, STFU, sissy-arse B-atch!!

        March 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • John

      you so funny, you sure your a marine, you sound more like a comedion.

      May 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  5. John

    It is up to the President of the United States and Congress to approve of any military hardware or assistants to support a revolution. Not the US Military.

    March 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply

    “We know the Syrian National
    Council doesn’t speak for the Free
    Syria movement,

    March 3, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
  7. Anderson Cooper

    usa military should come home.

    take care of america first!!!

    March 3, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply

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