John Kerry announced today that the US is doubling aid to Syrian rebels. Nothing like increasing funding to terrorists in the same week the US was hit by terrorists on our own soil.
Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday announced that the U.S. will provide $123 million to Syria’s rebels in additional nonlethal aid that may include armor for the first time. …
The new aid doubles nonlethal assistance to the rebels, according to the State Department.
The State Department said U.S. officials will work with opposition representatives to determine how best to use the new assistance “to meet the needs of the Syrian people and lead the way to a political transition that will bring an end to this conflict, and build the inclusive, democratic Syria that its people deserve.”
The new support will go beyond military food rations and medical kits to include other types of non-lethal supplies, the department said.
Kerry also announced nearly $25 million in additional food assistance. (Read More)
We have been mystified by what appears to be the widespread belief in the United States that any outcome in Syria that removes President Bashar al-Assad from power will be better than the status quo. A Syria controlled in whole or part by al-Qaeda and its affiliates — an outcome that grows more likely by the day — would be more dangerous to both our countries than anything we’ve seen up to now. Americans should remember that an unintended consequence of arming insurgents in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets was turning the country over to the Taliban and al-Qaeda. (Read More)
Apparently nobody listened. Although the assistance Kerry announced is “non-lethal” in nature, it frees up funds they can use to buy arms.