A few weeks ago our President gave an “important” foreign policy speech wherein he outlined that we would begin giving “material” aid to the Syrian rebels who were fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad. Assad is a violent and evil dictator, but the rebels are mostly Islamofascists who would likely set up a theocratic Islamic regime if they are victorious. In fact, quite a number of these rebels (a percentage which seems to be growing daily) happen to be affiliated with al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. It seems very likely that soon we will be providing money and weapons to members of al-Qaeda… I kid you not.
Two weeks ago we learned that the Senate and House Intel committees had decided to hold up the funding President Obama wanted to send to the Syrian rebels. There were a lot of concerns about who would get the money and weapons and about how they might be used. It also didn’t help the President’s case that the vast majority of Americans wanted our government and our money to stay out of the conflict in Syria. It seemed that perhaps our representatives would actually listen to our concerns and would continue to withhold aid to the Syrian rebels. Not so fast.
Reuters is now reporting that the “concerns” of key Congressional leaders has been assuaged and the President’s promised aid will begin flowing to the terrorists–er– rebel groups aligned against Assad.
A few terrifying elements of the administration’s decision to begin arming and paying for this Syrian rebellion. First, Senator John McCain believes that the most important goal would be to establish a “no-fly” zone over Syria. This effort would only cost us $1 Billion a month. Also, our military leaders advise that this would be mostly useless. Secondly, the rebels are not just at war with Assad but with each other as well. Third, one of our greatest concerns over the last two decades has been weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorists. Well, if Assad falls, terrorists will likely get control of a cache of chemical weapons.
The decision to not intervene is so glaringly easy that the President shouldn’t have even needed to call a cabinet meeting to discuss it. This is a no-win situation for us that will only provide more fodder for our enemies while weakening our military and our economy. We can denounce Assad as an evil man who has no “right” to rule as a dictator, but the decision to arm and finance his enemies is foolhardy… especially when some of them happen to be our enemies as well.
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