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  • RuralRebel 1:14 pm on June 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Obama approves military aid for Syrian rebels 

    …so…..you can kill 93000 with guns, tanks and knives and bombs…..but by golly you can’t kill 150 with a chemical agent….this is good ole Leftists thinking……and provides…yet again…this Leftist Prez….cover under International Law….and he again…can avoid RESPONSIBLY!!!!!


    Friday, June 14, 2013 NYDailyNews.com / World

    Obama approves military aid for Syrian rebels, deepening U.S. involvement in bloody civil war
    President Barack Obama said use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against opposition forces would cross a ‘red line.’ Now that chemical weapons have killed between 100 and 150 in the ongoing conflict, according to White House estimates, U.S. officials are deciding how to arm the rebels without the weaponry falling into the hands of extremists.

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize lethal aid to Syrian rebels marks a deepening of U.S. involvement in the two-year civil war. But U.S. officials are still grappling with what type and how much weaponry to send the opposition forces and how to ensure it stays out of the hands of extremists battling for control of Syria.

    U.S. officials confirmed Obama’s authorization Thursday after the White House announced it had conclusive evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime used chemical weapons against opposition forces. Obama has said the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line,” suggesting greater American intervention.

    While a small percentage of the 93,000 people reportedly killed in Syria are said to have died from chemical weapons — U.S. intelligence puts the number at 100 to 150 — the White House views the deployment of the deadly agents as a flouting of international norms. Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, said the multiple chemical weapons attacks gave greater urgency to the situation.

    “Suffice it to say this is going to be different in both scope and scale in terms of what we are providing,” Rhodes said of the ramped-up U.S. response. But he added that the U.S. would make specific determinations “on our own timeline.”

    The Obama administration could give the rebels a range of weapons, including small arms, assault rifles, shoulder-fired rocket-propelled grenades and other anti-tank missiles. The opposition forces could operate most of that equipment without significant training.

    Obama’s opposition to sending American troops into Syria makes it less likely the U.S. will provide sophisticated arms or anti-aircraft weapons that would require large-scale training. Administration officials are also worried about high-powered weapons ending up in the hands of terrorist groups. Hezbollah fighters are among those backing Assad’s armed forces, and al-Qaida-linked extremists back the rebellion.

    The CIA and special operations trainers are already running some weapons training programs for the rebels and are expected to take charge of teaching the opposition how to use the weapons the U.S. has agreed to supply, another U.S. official said.

    There is also some debate within the administration about who would provide the lethal aid and how it might be delivered, the U.S. officials said.

    U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration could supply the rebels with assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles.

    All the officials insisted on anonymity to discuss internal administration discussions.

    Obama has resisted arming the rebels until now, a cautious approach that underscores the deep divisions within his administration. The proponents of more aggressive action, including Secretary of State John Kerry, appeared to have won out over those wary of sending weapons and ammunition into the war zone.

    The U.S. has made no decision on operating a no-fly zone over Syria, Rhodes said.

    The U.S. has so far provided the Syrian rebel army with rations and medical supplies. The administration has also agreed in principle to provide body armor and other equipment such as night-vision goggles to the rebels, although the Pentagon has said there has been no movement on that as yet.

    Word of the stepped-up assistance followed new U.S. intelligence assessments showing that Assad has used chemical weapons, including sarin, on a small scale multiple times in the last year, killing an estimated 100 to 150 people.

    Obama advisers believe Assad’s regime still maintains control of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles and does not see any evidence that rebel forces have launched attacks using the deadly agents.

    The administration announced in April that it had “varying degrees of confidence” that sarin had been used in Syria. But they said at the time that they had not been able to determine who was responsible for deploying the gas.

    The more conclusive findings announced Thursday were aided by evidence sent to the United States by France, which, along with Britain, has announced it had determined that Assad’s government had used chemical weapons.

    In Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday, “The international community has made clear that any use of chemical weapons is completely unacceptable and a clear breach of international law.”

    He said he welcomes the “clear U.S. statement” and called on Syria to “grant access to the United Nations to investigate all reports of chemical weapons use.”

    Obama has said repeatedly that the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” and constitute a “game changer” for U.S. policy on Syria, which until now has focused entirely on providing the opposition with nonlethal assistance and humanitarian aid.

    The White House said it had notified Congress, the United Nations and key international allies about the new U.S. chemical weapons determination. Obama will discuss the assessments, along with broader problems in Syria, during the summit of eight leading industrial nations next week in Northern Ireland.

    Among those in attendance will be Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of Assad’s most powerful backers. Obama and Putin will hold a one-on-one meeting on the sidelines of the summit, and the U.S. leader is expected to press his Russian counterpart to drop his political and military support for the Syrian government.

    But Putin’s foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said Friday that Moscow had doubts about Washington’s claim Assad had used chemical weapons against the opposition.

    He told reporters the information provided by U.S. officials to Russia “didn’t look convincing.”

    The Syrian fighters have been clamoring for bolder Western intervention, particularly given the estimated 5,000 Hezbollah guerrillas propping up Assad’s forces. Assad’s stunning military success last week at Qusair, near the Lebanese border, and preparations for offensives against Homs and Aleppo have made the matter more urgent.

    Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he supported the president’s decision “to expand assistance for the vetted Syrian opposition.” But other lawmakers expressed reservations, including Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


  • RuralRebel 10:57 am on June 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Mitch McConnell, Patriot Act   

    Here is how the Left “MAKE” news (WFPL) 

    Louisville Tea Party Calls Mitch McConnell A

    Hypocrite for Defending NSA Surveillance


     The Louisville Tea Party is blasting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for defending the National Security Agency’s surveillance program while decrying a secret recording of his own campaign office.

     The Louisville Tea Party is a JOKE…they are NOT and were NOT supporters of McConnell to begin with….

    Earlier this week, McConnell said the NSA obtaining the call logs for millions of Americans is legal, adding it has the proper congressional and judicial oversight.

     McConnell was talking about the true and original Patriot Act…NOT the EXPANDED and abused use by this administration! The Patriot Act was to track calls to or from known foreign terrorists…..

    McConnell acknowledged privacy concerns, but said the national intelligence director declassified enough information to downplay the public’s concerns.

    In a Twitter message sent out Wednesday afternoon, however, the tea party group representing Kentucky’s largest city called McConnell a “hypocrite” for supporting the program.

    “Hey @Team_Mitch, why do you get so upset when someone spies on you, but you want to spy on all of us?”

    The online message makes reference to McConnell and his re-election staff crying foul over a liberal activist who recorded campaign strategy session.

    In a recent Salon.com piece, political activist Curtis Morrison revealed he was behind the secret audio tape where McConnell’s campaign staff can be overheard discussion ways to attack actress Ashley Judd’s struggles with depression and other mental health issues.

    Asked about the recording, McConnell compared Morrison’s action to “Nixonian tactics” while campaign manager Jesse Benton called it “bugging” and a “Gestapo-style” attack.

    “One would think that after Senator McConnell’s reaction to someone recording a conversation that could be heard from the hallway outside his office, the Senator would understand that we don’t like having our privacy invaded anymore than he does,” Louisville Tea Party President Sarah Durand told WFPL.

    “Senator McConnell claims that the NSA surveillance program is ‘lawful.’  He is wrong. ‘Laws’ like the Patriot Act that Senator McConnell helped champion through Congress, and that have empowered the NSA to collect phone data and private emails of Americans, are in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.  We remind Senator McConnell that the Constitution is the supreme law.”

    the above statement proves my point…Durand does not even know the difference between the Patriot Act…and what Obomber has expanded it too….

    Durand did applaud Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has said he will file a federal lawsuit challenging the NSA program, and she implored McConnell to do the same.

    The public jabs are a pivot for the Louisville Tea Party, which had been reticent when it came to criticizing McConnell compared to other tea party groups in the state.

    As LEO Weekly reported earlier this week, a prominent tea party activist says he has found a GOP primary challenger for McConnell. The Louisville chapter’s criticisms could be a sign the tea party frustration is beginning to peak ahead of a potential opponent’s announcement.

    Besides defending the program, McConnell also called for the full prosecution of Edward Snowden, who admitted to leaking information about the NSA program to a British newspaper.

     Again the reporter takes a jab….McConnell was defending the original program….not what will eventually prove to be a very unconstitutional expansion by Obomber and his Leftists buddies, of the Patriot Act…..another of his many  against the American citizen…..

    The McConnell campaign has not responded to our request for comment.

     Responding to lies and distortions…gets tiring I can imagine….



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