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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
    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.

    Furthermore,
    Those are all the groups that make up the council. There is also the Syrian Islamic Front who's mission is as quoted below from Wiki:

    The front's founding statement describes its ideology as based on a Salafi understanding of Islam and declares its aims as toppling the Assad government and establishing an Islamic state, governed by religious Muslim law, for the benefit of all Syrians.[4]
    You should really read the link. There are a LOT of different groups that make up the council.

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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 Institute for the Study of War? Where did you read that?
    Did you actually read the articles available on the front page of their website? The headlines alone were enough to see where they were coming from.

    I'm not trying to insult them, or denigrate them. If that is their thing, they have a right to discuss it on their own website. You just have to view their site and their writings through the prism of context, that's all.

    http://www.understandingwar.org

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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
    Those are all the groups that make up the council. There is also the Syrian Islamic Front who's mission is as quoted below from Wiki:



    You should really read the link. There are a LOT of different groups that make up the council.
    Reading your link, I found this:

    The Supreme Joint Military Command

    The Supreme Joint Military Command, or SMC, was officially formed to act as the Defense Ministry of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, yet it functions on its own authority. Rebel commanders from across Syria—260 in all—participated in its foundation in December 2012.

    While it has representatives from the various factions of the rebels, I do not have enough data to see how close it is with the Islamist elements.

    "The level of coordination between these armed groups and the SMC varies group-to-group."

    I'll need to read up some more before I can go on ChrisL.
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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
    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.
    Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, relayed this information in a press conference. And I believe Obama did as well, I'll try to find a link.
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    Re: Is Obama's Public Support of the Syrian Rebels a Diversionary Foreign Policy Tact

    Quote Originally Posted by ChezC3 View Post
    I think supporting and providing arms to one group who is in alliance with another group we are currently battling against is asinine. Let Syria sort itself out.
    I concur.

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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
    Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, relayed this information in a press conference. And I believe Obama did as well, I'll try to find a link.
    Don't bother, sweetie, I was just curious. It's not worth more of your time.

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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
    Did you actually read the articles available on the front page of their website? The headlines alone were enough to see where they were coming from.
    I've read the articles, and while the titles seem provocative, I don't see the bias in the writing itself.

    Maybe I'm just biased to my own sources. If you could point it out, I'd be very much appreciative.
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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've read the articles, and while the titles seem provocative, I don't see the bias in the writing itself.

    Maybe I'm just biased to my own sources. If you could point it out, I'd be very much appreciative.
    I've pointed out my interpretation of what I saw. You have no obligation whatsoever to agree with that interpretation.

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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've pointed out my interpretation of what I saw. You have no obligation whatsoever to agree with that interpretation.
    Fair enough.
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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've pointed out my interpretation of what I saw. You have no obligation whatsoever to agree with that interpretation.
    I posted that video because that is what that man called it, and that analysis got me thinking so i decided to post the poll to see what the rest of the DP community thinks.


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