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Wait, Syrian Islamists Were Stealing Our Stuff?

Golly, who could have seen this coming? Who? [1]:

The United States has suspended the delivery of nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition in northern Syria after concluding that some of it has fallen into the hands of extremist Islamic fighters, American officials said on Wednesday.

But … but … freedom fighters!

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#1 Comment By Chris 1 On December 11, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

Hey, Rod, nonlethal aid excludes guns.

Just sayin’…

#2 Comment By Rod Dreher On December 11, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

Noted. Fixed. Thanks!

#3 Comment By Bugg On December 11, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

Does John McCain know about this? Someone needs to be bombed right now!

#4 Comment By Jon Cogburn On December 11, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

As far as I understand the Times article, lethal aid has not been suspended (State had been handling non-lethal and CIA the rest).

But our CIA has a good track record with this kind of thing, so clearly there’s no reason to worry.

#5 Comment By HeartRight On December 11, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

It’s me, someone like me, or the Brotherhood, as Mubarak was wont to say.

A ‘moderate opposition’ in the Arab World is a flight of fancy, and the sooner the West simply accepts that ‘moderate oppositions’ are as non-viable alternative-wise in the Arab World as quondam in South Vietnam, the better.

What, pray, are they supposed to be moderate versions of?

#6 Comment By Henri James On December 11, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

Yeah, I’m guessing the lethal aid they stole probably won’t be disclosed for a few decades.

#7 Comment By Brad On December 12, 2013 @ 12:14 am

The FSA is a ruse (as it’s sold as a single “moderate” opposition group). Kind of like the PLO- the FSA was and is an umbrella group for dozens of different rebel groups, but at the top, there is a single command structure for the sake of legitimacy. PLO was largely secular with many leftist groups (ex: PFLP), but FSA groups have varying shades of jihadist ideology.

During this September’s rebel attack on Maaloula, FSA was fighting alongside Al Nusra in a joint operation – as it’s been all along.

Remember the heart-eater? He was Al-Farouq Brigade, which was at that time FSA. Our weapons (though most weapons were Saudi and Qatari originated, yet coordinated by U.S. Intel officials) were literally going to those fighting alongside Al-Qaeda, which pretty much means the U.S. was supporting Al-Qaeda led operations.

Even above and beyond arming, we (and I say “we” to say I am a former Marine) are training Syrian rebels in Jordan near the Syrian border. This, of course, makes me sick.

I have Christian family members in Damascus (through marriage); yet my beloved Marine Corps is currently training the allies of terrorists!

#8 Comment By Paul Emmons On December 12, 2013 @ 1:59 am

I’m about ready to believe that freedom fighters fight freedom, just as fire fighters fight fires.

#9 Comment By Puller58 On December 12, 2013 @ 7:43 am

The recent flap over Seymour Hersh’s expose of the Obama administration cherry picking intel might well be the last gasp of a fading reporter, but the whole Syrian episode screams for those who care about the US’s wellbeing to insist on the administration keeping away from this rolling disaster. Yes, there are refugees and innocent civilians being killed, but between Assad’s desperation to remain in power and the jihadists’ desire to take over the country and turn it into a terrorist base of operations there are no options for “intervention.” Walk away already.

#10 Comment By Brad On December 12, 2013 @ 10:31 am

“The recent flap over Seymour Hersh’s expose of the Obama administration cherry picking intel might well be the last gasp of a fading reporter…”

The “flap” was the result of solid investigative journalism which questioned the mainstream establishment narrative on Syria.

There have been multiple sources reporting that there was a revolt within the CIA over the White House’s one-sided false narrative on Syria (one source even here at TAC).

Foreign Policy Magaizine rolled out with an article trying to debunk Hersh, yet their big “debunker” was Eliot Higgins of “Brown Moses” blog – a guy who examines Youtube videos from his living room in England! A guy who admits he’s neither been to Syria, nor handled the weapons and technologies he is a so-called “expert” in!

This was no real “flap” -just an attempt to control the narrative by preventing real debate and analysis.

#11 Comment By Charlieford On December 12, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

I wouldn’t touch Syria with a 7 thousand mile long pole, but as I understand it, the aid was captured by Islamists.

But if it were sold, or bartered, or whatever, what of it?

American farmers sold beef to the British during the Revolution. Northern businesses bought cotton and sugar from the South during the Civil War.

As some book says, “Set thine own house in order.”

#12 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On December 12, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

But … but … freedom fighters!

Well, yeah, that’s what Ronald Reagan and Charlie Wilson used to say…

A ‘moderate opposition’ in the Arab World is a flight of fancy…

Nonsense, there obviously is a moderate opposition. They are the ones that march peacefully in the streets demanding that their government peacefully step aside, having long overstayed whatever usefulness the leadership may once have had. That may well be a majority of the civilian population.

Then their government sends troops with automatic weapons to shoot down peaceful demonstrators, at which point people who are armed, have well developed ways of getting more arms, and have experience in military tactics, step forward and claim the mantle of “opposition.”

What the moderate opposition lacks is coherent political leadership, and a skilled, experienced military force. The American Revolution succeeded, barely, because the local militia was by and large revolutionary, because officers like Washington, Gates, and Greene had professional experience to some degree, and because there wasn’t a “more radical” opposition to rush in with more weapons and more ruthless capacity.