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Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels
« on: June 26, 2014, 03:34:00 PM »
Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

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Associated Press
By JULIE PACE
11 minutes ago

     
President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $500 million to train and arm vetted members of the Syrian opposition, as the U.S. grapples for a way to stem a civil war that has also fueled the al-Qaida inspired insurgency in neighboring Iraq.


The military training program would deepen the Obama administration's involvement in the more than four-year conflict between rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. If approved by Congress, the program would supplement a covert train-and-assistance program run by U.S. intelligence agencies.

The Senate Armed Services Committee has already approved a version of the sweeping defense policy bill authorizing the Defense Department to provide "equipment, supplies, training and defense services" to elements of the Syrian opposition that have been screened. The Senate could act on the bill before the August recess.

The president hinted at the increased support for the opposition forces during a commencement address at West Point last month.

"In helping those who fight for the right of all Syrians to choose their own future, we also push back against the growing number of extremists who find safe haven in the chaos," Obama told the graduating cadets.

Officials said the administration would coordinate with Congress and regional players on the specific types of training and assistance the U.S. would provide the opposition. One potential option would be to base U.S. personnel in Jordan and conduct the training exercise there.

The $500 million request is part of a broader $65.8 billion overseas operations request that the administration sent to Congress Thursday. The fiscal package, which would fund an array of Pentagon and State Department programs, also includes $1 billion to shore up nations bordering Syria that are dealing with an influx of refugees and the threat of extremists.

Iraq in particular is buckling amid lightening gains by the Sunni extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which also has a stronghold inside Syria. The group has seized large swaths of Iraq and seeks to carve out a purist Islamic enclave across both sides of the Syria-Iraq border.

The total overseas contingency package is about $21 billion less than the administration said it expected to request when Obama submitted his fiscal year 2015 budget to Congress earlier this year. Officials said the decrease is in part of reflection of Obama's plans to drawdown the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan to about 10,000 forces by the beginning of next year.

Obama is still waiting for the Afghan government to sign a security agreement with the U.S. that would allow those forces to stay.

In Congress, some lawmakers have looked at the overseas account as a source of cash as the Pentagon has been forced to cut its core budget. The House's version of the sweeping defense policy bill for next year shifts some $600 million from the overseas account to spare the A-10 Warthog, the close air support aircraft that has a strong coalition of Republican and Democratic support on Capitol Hill.

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Re: Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2014, 03:47:30 PM »
Aren't these the same Syrian rebels we just sent troops to Iraq to fight against?  This is utter madness.  It's infuriating that the administration has somehow been inoculated by the GOP and the MSM from having to explain it. 
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Re: Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2014, 04:04:41 PM »
Aren't these the same Syrian rebels we just sent troops to Iraq to fight against?  This is utter madness.  It's infuriating that the administration has somehow been inoculated by the GOP and the MSM from having to explain it.

Not to mention that $500 Million is chump change.  He's stumbling around in the dark making a show to try and create some kind of foreign policy victory. any victory at all.  He has no clue how to proceed (which is why he has done nothing to date) and nobody around him knows what to do either. 


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Re: Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2014, 04:35:06 PM »
Aren't these the same Syrian rebels we just sent troops to Iraq to fight against?  This is utter madness.  It's infuriating that the administration has somehow been inoculated by the GOP and the MSM from having to explain it.

AL QAEDA?  The smartest president ever would send money to train our enemies? I think that is called treason. :peeonobama:
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Re: Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2014, 06:00:13 PM »
Aren't these the same Syrian rebels we just sent troops to Iraq to fight against?  This is utter madness.  It's infuriating that the administration has somehow been inoculated by the GOP and the MSM from having to explain it. 

no.  there are other groups opposing the syrian gov't, not just ISIS/ISIL; that being said, a "moderate" syrian opposition group is probably as reliable as the "moderate" Iranians that keep popping up in the US gov't's collective wishful thinking.

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Re: Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2014, 06:30:42 PM »
no.  there are other groups opposing the syrian gov't, not just ISIS/ISIL; that being said, a "moderate" syrian opposition group is probably as reliable as the "moderate" Iranians that keep popping up in the US gov't's collective wishful thinking.

You don't think there is any collaboration with the so called "moderate" factions and ISIS?  The whole idea of "moderate" opposition to Assad is mostly a Sunni made up myth to persuade the US congress and public to fund the enterprise.  They keep coming up with new names in this shell game, but it's the same old story: Sunni jihad or Shiite caliphate. Those are really the only two sides.
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