Saturday, February 9, 2013

President Obama's New National Security Team Will Probably Not Reconsider Arming Syria's Rebels

Obama Unlikely To Reconsider Arming Syrian Rebels Despite Views Of Security Staff -- Washington Post

President Obama is unlikely to shift his stance against the expansion of a U.S. role in Syria’s civil war, despite a death toll topping 60,000 and acknowledgment that key members of his national security staff favored a plan first proposed in June to arm the Syrian rebels.

U.S. officials said that the issue was shelved in October after an extended “red team” analysis by the CIA concluded that the limited-range weaponry the administration was comfortable providing would not have “tipped the scales” for the opposition.

Syrian opposition forces already had sufficient quantities of light weaponry from other outside sources and raids of government depots, the analysis determined. The question of providing shoulder-launched missiles to shoot down government aircraft, officials said, was never considered.

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My Comment: Secretary of State Kerry has pretty well confirmed that he is not in favor of Secretary Clinton's support for arming the rebels. If John Hagel is confirmed, I will be expecting the same advice from him.

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