Secretary of State Kerry's First Act Interfere in Middle Eastern Conflict

I have a very bad feeling about this.

ROME—Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. is preparing for the first time to directly provide nonlethal assistance, including food rations and medical supplies, to rebel Syrian fighters as part of a bid to change President Bashar al-Assad's "calculations" and expedite his removal from office.

Washington's top diplomat also announced at an international conference in Italy on Thursday that the U.S. will provide $60 million in assistance to Syria's main political opposition group, the Syrian Opposition Coalition, to help it unify politically and better distribute humanitarian supplies and public services to areas of Syria that have been liberated from Mr. Assad's rule.

The irony is Kerry and Obama have continually argued against these types of actions by the US in the past. The similarity to 1980's Afghanistan is pretty apparent.

Arms are already flowing to Syria from Libya and other nations like Saudi Arabia so the non-lethal nature of the aid is less relevant. What is relevant is that this aid will most likely be co-opted by al-Nusra and other allies of al-Qaeda in their campaign to win Syrian hearts and minds by lending civilian aid. al-Nusra is already the most effective group at delivering civilian aid in occupied areas.

I have little faith that any promises made to cut al-Qaeda aligned groups out of this process can or will be kept.

We might as well just write a check to Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Posted by: Howie at 08:46 AM


1 Seems like this Administration would like nothing better then the devil we don't know, rather then the one we do, in power. I just wonder who in the hell they are going to blame for the fuckup that is sure to follow this time?

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at February 28, 2013 09:00 AM

2 Kerry and Hagel are just faces. They move their mouths and make sounds come out while someone else (I mean you, Valerie J.) sends support to the greater of two evils.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at February 28, 2013 09:05 AM

3 So Howie who ARE you supporting in this fight? The rebels or Assad. Of course Assad is supported by Iran and Iraq. The rebels are already receiving heavy support and arms from our "allies" Saudi Arabia

Posted by: occam at February 28, 2013 09:32 AM

4 I would Not support either in this Syrian clusterf.. The result will be great instability in the area and then the crazies will start on Jordan and/or Israel. The next thing will be a local war of Israel trying to protect itself from attacks on it from the surrounding terrorists.
Results: Much bigger conflict.

Posted by: Kafiroon at February 28, 2013 10:05 AM

5 Moshe @ 1- The f ckup you predict will be Israel getting attacked by the unified (like 1947) mohamadan fraternity. And the answer to who will get blamed? Booooshhh/Cheney/da Joooos.

Posted by: EROWMER at February 28, 2013 11:13 AM

6 John al Qerry, formerly Ho Chi Kerry, has always been a slimy POS and a traitor. Hagel is basically a Democrat. Remember, Obama be for de revolution! He cannot see the consequences of the ones he supports abroad or at home. Fuck him.

This skinny affirmative action clown will ensure there is nuclear war in the ME.

Posted by: Mark at February 28, 2013 12:01 PM

7 It's his and Obama's now if they break it, they bought it and it's theirs to own good or bad.
Kerry? He's going to phuc this up really good and it will be a pleasure to see him sitting in the same chair Hillary sat saying "What difference does it make and I went to Nam, see my little lucky boonie bonnet!"
Obama cannot blame Syria's being phuc'ed up by Kerry on Bush, heterosexuals or Christian conservatives and even if the republican party wimps out and accepts the blame laid on them the blame will belong to Obama.

Posted by: obsidian at February 28, 2013 03:29 PM

8 OCCAM: I don't know about Howie and who he is supporting BUT I'm on the side of firepower and ammunition.
The Syrian's can just kill each other with extreme prejudice and glee!

Posted by: obsidian at February 28, 2013 03:42 PM

9 I'm for Assad even though he is going to lose. I feel the United States and Israel had a hand in this Arab Spring that has turned out to be a disaster. Assad and the other dictators had things in control. Soon the Muslim Brotherhood will control everything. One country at a time. The goat fuckers are wining. Next up. Jordan. Farewell to the King.

Posted by: Warmachine at February 28, 2013 08:14 PM

10 I don't believe Israel had anything to do with it and I'll tell you why. They live in the area and they know Assad. They know he is a Dictator and yes he should have been disposed of long ago. Like most countries, the Israeli's value normalcy and while Assad is what he is, he was a known quantity. If the Israeli's really wanted him gone, the Mossad would have done so along time ago. The fact that they didn't speaks volumes because it's better the Devil you know then the one you don't.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at February 28, 2013 09:02 PM

11 "We might as well just write a check to Ayman al-Zawahiri."
What makes you think we haven't?

Posted by: irish19 at February 28, 2013 10:30 PM

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