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    White House reassesses policy on arming Syria rebels

    WASHINGTON – An increasingly dire situation for Syria’s fragmented rebel movement is likely to prompt an immediate policy reassessment in the White House this week.
    US President Barack Obama is to take meetings throughout the coming days in which he is expected to consider sending lethal arms directly to fighters in opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. Government forces haveturned the tide in recent days with aggressive assaults on increasingly fractured rebel groups.

    Assad’s reclamation of Qusair
    – a city valued for its position on the supply route between the Assad-loyalist West and the heartland of the country and the city of Homs – represents a significant moment in the conflict that reminds some in Washington of the moments before forces of Libya’s Colonel Muammar Gaddafi were preparing to descend on rebel-held Benghazi during their 2011 civil war.


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    Although i suspect that we may already be arming the rebels covertly, i do hope we stay out of this conflict all together with no aid for either side, but only going to civilians.


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    Re: White House reassesses policy on arming Syria rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Although i suspect that we may already be arming the rebels covertly, i do hope we stay out of this conflict all together with no aid for either side, but only going to civilians.
    Agreed. Best we just watch and take notes.

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    Re: White House reassesses policy on arming Syria rebels

    Why can't we simply do what we did in Libya, and start bombing the regime? We don't need to provide particularly complex or dangerous weapon systems to the rebels.

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    Re: White House reassesses policy on arming Syria rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Why can't we simply do what we did in Libya, and start bombing the regime? We don't need to provide particularly complex or dangerous weapon systems to the rebels.
    And how did that turn out for us?
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    Re: White House reassesses policy on arming Syria rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by austrianecon View Post
    And how did that turn out for us?
    Fairly well, all things considered. Would have been better off I suppose if State hadn't gotten as involved as it did. Good After Action Review point for next time.

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    Re: White House reassesses policy on arming Syria rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Why can't we simply do what we did in Libya, and start bombing the regime? We don't need to provide particularly complex or dangerous weapon systems to the rebels.
    Well, we could do that. But how is that favorable to doing nothing ? Neither winner will be our friend. Let us observe the mutual attrition, and bide our time. Doing nothing is an appropriate choice for us.

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    Re: White House reassesses policy on arming Syria rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by Eighty Deuce View Post
    Well, we could do that. But how is that favorable to doing nothing ? Neither winner will be our friend
    That is correct, but destroying the Assad regime is in our interests. There are no good options here, but there are less worse-ones; and it's legitimate for us to push to ensure that they are the ones that come to fruition.

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    Re: White House reassesses policy on arming Syria rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    That is correct, but destroying the Assad regime is in our interests. There are no good options here, but there are less worse-ones; and it's legitimate for us to push to ensure that they are the ones that come to fruition.
    I have yet to see any evidence what-so-ever that the replacement for the Assad regime will better serve our interests. That is not an endorsement, just an acknowledgement that they all suck. So why get involved at this point ? Let them sort it out, and let us see who is left in the end.

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    Re: White House reassesses policy on arming Syria rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by Eighty Deuce View Post
    I have yet to see any evidence what-so-ever that the replacement for the Assad regime will better serve our interests.
    They won't. They're just likely to be less effective at hindering them.

    That is not an endorsement, just an acknowledgement that they all suck. So why get involved at this point ?
    Because we're not in it to help al Nusra. We're in it to A) make good on the US guarantee that use of WMD against civilian populaces has consequences and B) reduce Iran.

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    Re: White House reassesses policy on arming Syria rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Why can't we simply do what we did in Libya, and start bombing the regime? We don't need to provide particularly complex or dangerous weapon systems to the rebels.
    Russia would get pissed off.

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