Sen. John McCain was brought across the Turkish border into Syria to meet with a group of the so-called “rebels” who have been fighting the Assad regime for nearly two years.
According to the mainstream press, the Obama Administration has been “resisting” arming the rebel groups in Syria for fear they could “fall into” al-Qaida hands. McCain, champion of liberty that he is, has been pushing to have the U.S. send arms to escalate the violence.
This is why the mainstream media and Republican leaders in Congress are seen as such jokes across the country. It’s as if neither of them have any memory or have read previous stories in the press.
From Reuters, Wednesday, August 1, 2012:
“Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian rebels
“(Reuters) – President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said.
“Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.
“This and other developments signal a shift toward growing, albeit still circumscribed, support for Assad’s armed opponents – a shift that intensified following last month’s failure of the U.N. Security Council to agree on tougher sanctions against the Damascus government.”
That the U.S. has been funding, arming and recruiting personnel for the Syrian agitators has been known since before the attack in Benghazi, Libya, and seems to be the crucial fact that helps explain what actually happened on September 11.
The mainstream press has been ignoring conservatives’ assertions that the U.S. was smuggling arms through Benghazi to Turkey and across the border to Syria (the same route McCain took).
But even an ultraliberal outlet like the Daily Kos reported in October 2012 that Ambassador Chris Stevens was neck-deep in a CIA plan to send arms and fighters to Syria:
“The attack on the Ambassador and U.S. intelligence personnel in Benghazi on September 11 coincided with the reported delivery to anti-Assad opposition groups of a number of missiles aboard a Libyan freighter that docked in Turkey.”
The inscrutable man behind the curtain in this little drama is Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been an ally of Syria’s because the country provides Russia with access to Mediterranean ports.
That he has played a role in the Syrian conflict is certain, but exactly what that role is may be questionable. He has also hinted publicly that he knew about, and was unhappy with, the connection between Benghazi, Libya, and the smuggling of weapons and personnel into Syria.
In December 2012, the BBC reported:
“Russia’s President Putin says he is concerned that the push to unseat Syrian President Bashar Assad could plunge the country even deeper into violence.
“Speaking during his annual news conference, Mr Putin said mistakes from Libya should not be repeated in Syria.”
According to media reports of McCain’s Syria trip, the rebel leaders asked him for U.S. heavy weapons and a “no fly” zone.
While McCain was making like a Founding Father with his Syrian rebel pals, many of whom have acknowledged ties and dedication to al-Qaida, the joke is that the Obama Administration has already been providing rocket launchers and probably other weapons to the people we spent years fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It wouldn’t be a bit surprising if McCain was even fronting for the Administration so that the warmongering gets blamed on the GOP while the real warmonger, President Obama, gets to publicly pretend to be the reluctant voice of reason.
The current Administration, too arrogant to acknowledge the lessons of Iraq and the War on Terror, is repeating deadly mistakes in country after country throughout the Muslim world, where it is clearing the way for dominance by al-Qaida and other Islamist groups and even trying to make alliances with terrorists.
As the Washington Times pointed out, “Rebel groups that profess friendship today may be chanting jihad tomorrow.”