President Obama requested $500 million from Congress on Thursday to train and equip what the White House is calling “appropriately vetted” members of the Syrian opposition, reflecting increased worry about the spillover of the Syrian conflict into Iraq.
(The New York Times published yet another horrific illustration of how ruthless some of the rebels can be, noting that while Assad’s forces have certainly committed atrocities, the rebels certainly aren’t eschewing violence, and their crimes pose a “dilemma” for the west. The article includes video of the rebels executing seven badly beaten Syrian soldiers, the leader intoning: “We swear to the Lord of the Throne, that this is our oath: We will take revenge.”)
The reportage is a stunning entanglement of contradictions, claiming that the additional funding for terrorists fighting in Syria will somehow address “spillover” that is in fact a direct result of US, NATO, and their Persian Gulf collaborators’ creation, expansion, and perpetuation of the war in Syria in the first place.
The NYT also stated:The training program would be a significant step for a president who has consistently resisted providing military aid to the rebels in the conflict in Syria, and has warned of the dangers of American intervention. But military and State Department officials indicated that there were not yet any specific programs to arm and train the rebels that the money would fund, nor could administration officials specify which moderate Syrian opposition members they intended to train and support, or where they would be trained.
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