June 9th, 2013
10:18 PM ET

Will U.S. arm Syrian rebels? White House to discuss it this week

By Elise Labott

JERUSALEM (CNN) - Obama administration officials confirm there will be White House meetings this week on Syria, where discussion of possibly sending lethal weapons to Syrian rebels will be on the agenda.

The officials stressed no final decisions have been made, although they said President Barack Obama was inching closer to signing off on arming moderate rebel units that had been vetted.

The White House meetings will also discuss a possible no-fly zone, although officials said that was less likely.

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  7. Joseph Hiddink

    THe "rebels" just massacred a Christian Village , thanks to Obama's promise of bringing peace.o Syria with new lethal weapons for the terrorist killers and looters.. .

    June 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  8. Joseph Hiddink

    Yes, we need more people who are not Sunnis murdered. Obama and his advisers will get the 72 Virgins too.
    THe USA was once the countruy of inventors and democracy, now it is on the road of becoming has beens.

    June 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  9. Vijay

    Once again we, the U.S. seem to be on the brink of getting involved in a messy civil war in Syria. Mr. President and Mr. Cain et al, you are not going to be the saviours of liberty around the middle east, at the expense of American lives and economy. Nip it in the bud. Carefully calculated small arms aid, subject to congressional approval is all we should do.

    June 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  10. Trollallday

    All this is going to do is create another Osama. And sadly history will repeat it self. The Americans will go in and wont get anything done and hey we get to add more terrorists to our list and endanger our people more.

    June 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
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    Syrian Regime never hurt anyone outside their country other than Lebanon. I much rather have to worry about one tyrant (al-assad) we know about rather than 3000 tyrants we don't know about.
    Giving weapons to these rebel thugs will do nothing but create problems and instability for the region. Israel will probably have to defend themselves against these same weapons in a few years.

    As for Hezbollah, have any of you checked to find out how many rebel fighters in Syria are actually Syrian? Do we know where these people came from? Do you think they'll just leave if they topple the Syrian regime? All Hezbollah does is repel invaders, thats what they are good at, they extremely disciplined. Have any of you been to a Hezbollah neighborhood, they may be religious, but their neighborhoods are clean, disciplined, and without crime, and they are tolerant of other beliefs in their communities.

    June 11, 2013 at 10:19 am | Reply
  12. John Smith

    Qusair’s strategically important. Western-backed death squads controlled it for over a year. On June 5, Syrian forces triumphed. Insurgent fighters were routed. Many were killed. Others were captured. Remaining elements fled.

    June 10, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • USMC1369

      Well said, John. If true, this is very good news. I'm quite sure that the right-wing thugs in Washington can live without Syria!

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  13. M.I.C.

    Of course we will! We pull the strings.

    June 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  14. Rotor

    with hezbollah's involvement, they should be armed.

    June 10, 2013 at 10:39 am | Reply
    • USMC1371

      So you want to arm terrorist?? No thanks

      June 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,why not marine that old idiot in McCain thought so with that pic opt in Syria weeks ago right..Hey just another Vietnam or Afghanistan to help poor misguided farmers,rebels supposidly fighting for democracy and then years later they start looting,shooting at the sightseers going there to visit their country with the weapons we so nicely gave them,trained them as well,nice touch ha!

        June 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
  15. George Patton-2

    absolutely, we should arm them and make enemies friends, we might need them in future to fight Chinese and Russians !!!

    June 10, 2013 at 10:13 am | Reply
    • Killer O'Bama

      Well said, Phunnie boy. Thank you for posting the above. Don't worry, I'll use American tax payer money plus money borrowed from China help these clowns out!

      June 10, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        we call it investment with high returns.

        June 10, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • StanCalif

      Stupid! These Muslim idiots will never "help" us fight China or Russia!!! All they care about is killing each other!

      June 11, 2013 at 8:40 am | Reply
  16. robot

    You ask why? why did they arm the cartels?? same reason i think

    June 10, 2013 at 7:16 am | Reply
  17. welid hasssan

    Why should the U.S arm them leave the Arabs alone let them sort it out .

    June 10, 2013 at 5:32 am | Reply
  18. john smith

    "Syrian people" have spoken. Roughly 70% support the government of Bashar al-Assad. Another 20% are neutral. And only 10% are aligned with the Western-supported "rebels", including those of the kidnapping, lung-eating, beheading jihadi kind.

    The data was provided mostly by independent relief organizations working in Syria.

    June 10, 2013 at 1:45 am | Reply
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  20. Portland tony

    Just who exactly are these rebels? They are, of course, Sunnis, but there are so many splinter groups....jihadists etc...Who gets the arms? Getting involved and choosing sides in this sectarian rebellion will not win the hearts and minds of many Shia. And more likely will eventually blow up in our face!

    June 10, 2013 at 12:09 am | Reply
    • John Geheran

      You forgot to mention here that the biggest half of these so-called "rebels" are outsiders from places like Jordan, Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia and others armed to the teeth by the West! Let Assad win, I say!

      June 10, 2013 at 7:29 am | Reply
      • Portland tony

        Concur.....There are few "good guys" in this rebellion. Assad is no saint, but we knew where he stood. There was relative peace and prosperity in Syria albeit at the expense of some Sunni tribes.

        June 10, 2013 at 9:44 am |

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