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    Re: Is Obama's Public Support of the Syrian Rebels a Diversionary Foreign Policy Tact

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    . We'll be arming Islamists of all hues, including Al Qaeda, and it's not a matter of "if" they use those weapons against us, it's a matter of "when".
    The US is arming only the Supreme Military Council, a collection of rebel forces that excludes Islamist elements.
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    Re: Is Obama's Public Support of the Syrian Rebels a Diversionary Foreign Policy Tact

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    The US is arming only the Supreme Military Council, a collection of rebel forces that excludes Islamist elements.
    Interesting, since the rebel groups are working together and, I once read, share armories and weapon storage facilities. Do you happen to have a link for that? Not trying to be a pain, just trying to sort out what's going on.

    In either case, weapons given to groups containing our enemies usually end up in the hands of our enemies at some point. That is, unfortunately, documented fact, and why Obama refused to give weapons to Libyan rebels, opting instead to offer offshore support to our allies who did.

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    Re: Is Obama's Public Support of the Syrian Rebels a Diversionary Foreign Policy Tact

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    The US is arming only the Supreme Military Council, a collection of rebel forces that excludes Islamist elements.
    The Muslim Brotherhood isn't included as one of those groups?

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    Re: Is Obama's Public Support of the Syrian Rebels a Diversionary Foreign Policy Tact

    Well, I just looked it up, and here is what I found out.

    The Structure and Organization of the Syrian Opposition | Center for American Progress

    Leadership
    The Syrian Opposition Coalition is made up of 71 representatives of key opposition groups, including the Syrian National Council, the Muslim Brotherhood of Syria, the Syrian Revolution General Commission, Local Coordination Committees, local revolutionary councils from across the country, individuals with long histories of opposing the regime, and a small number of Kurdish political leaders. Ghassan Hitto, a Western-educated businessman strongly backed by the Syrian National Council and the Muslim Brotherhood, was elected prime minister of the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s transitional government in March 2013. Moaz al-Khatib, a moderate Islamist opposition leader, served as president of the SOC from its formation in November 2012 until his resignation this April following a dispute over Hitto’s election as prime minister. George Sabra—a Christian teacher, former communist, and chief of the Syrian National Council—is serving as the interim president in Khatib’s absence.

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    Re: Is Obama's Public Support of the Syrian Rebels a Diversionary Foreign Policy Tact

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    The Muslim Brotherhood isn't included as one of those groups?
    I don't know for certain. It they were extremists, then no. But again, some in the Muslim Brotherhood are more moderate.
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    Re: Is Obama's Public Support of the Syrian Rebels a Diversionary Foreign Policy Tact

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Interesting, since the rebel groups are working together and, I once read, share armories and weapon storage facilities. Do you happen to have a link for that? Not trying to be a pain, just trying to sort out what's going on.
    http://www.understandingwar.org/site...Army-24MAR.pdf

    In either case, weapons given to groups containing our enemies usually end up in the hands of our enemies at some point. That is, unfortunately, documented fact, and why Obama refused to give weapons to Libyan rebels, opting instead to offer offshore support to our allies who did.
    That is a risk, however as I understand the armerments are being limited to small arms and possibly some anti-tank weapons; not exactly stuff that's impossible to get through other means.
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    Re: Is Obama's Public Support of the Syrian Rebels a Diversionary Foreign Policy Tact

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    I don't know for certain. It they were extremists, then no. But again, some in the Muslim Brotherhood are more moderate.
    So THEY say, but you must be familiar with their history.

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    Re: Is Obama's Public Support of the Syrian Rebels a Diversionary Foreign Policy Tact

    Thank you for the link. It's quite lengthy, so I didn't read enough to find the information you provided earlier. I did, however, note that the organization is a private, non-governmental site with a distinct pro-Sunni and anti-Shiia ideology, so I doubt they have enough information from inside Obama's administration to know what, to whom, and how much of anything the administration may or may not be considering. Even the MSM isn't privy to that at this time.



    That is a risk, however as I understand the armerments are being limited to small arms and possibly some anti-tank weapons; not exactly stuff that's impossible to get through other means.
    I would nonetheless prefer that they do indeed get such armaments through other means.

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    Re: Is Obama's Public Support of the Syrian Rebels a Diversionary Foreign Policy Tact

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    So THEY say, but you must be familiar with their history.
    If I may make a correction: The section you highlighted was about the Syrian Opposition Coalition, which if I understand is not the same as the SMC.

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    Internal divisions

    The Syrian National Council—an organization founded in October 2011 in an attempt to form a unified opposition framework—is one of the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s main constituents, and current and former members of the Syrian National Council make up roughly half of the SOC’s leadership. Both Hitto and the Syrian National Council have deep ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a point of conflict within the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s leadership and among its international backers.
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    Re: Is Obama's Public Support of the Syrian Rebels a Diversionary Foreign Policy Tact

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    I did, however, note that the organization is a private, non-governmental site with a distinct pro-Sunni and anti-Shiia ideology,
    The Institute for the Study of War? Where did you read that?
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