patches70 wrote:I think JB will need to come in and spin this.
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1 ... malertNEWS
General Salim Idris who is was the leader of the Free Syrian Army has been run out of Syria by the more extremist Al Aqeda backed rebel factions and then took over key warehouses containing US supplied military gear.
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q ... 7247,d.eW0from the article wrote:Gen. Idris flew to the Qatari capital of Doha on Sunday after fleeing to Turkey, U.S. officials said Wednesday. "He fled as a result of the Islamic Front taking over his headquarters," a senior U.S. official said.
An Islamic Front spokesman also said Gen. Idris had fled to Turkey.
The Front took over the warehouses and offices controlled by the Supreme Military Council, the moderate opposition umbrella group that includes the FSA and coordinates U.S. aid distribution, officials said. They also seized the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey, near the warehouses in the town of Atmeh.
There was no actual fighting, as the FSA couldn't even protect the warehouses in the first place-from the article wrote:U.S. officials say there was no battle for control of the facilities between the SMC and the Islamic Front. One senior U.S. official said the takeover amounted to "an internal coup." But other U.S. officials disputed that characterization.
U.S. officials said the Islamic Front offered to help protect the headquarters and two warehouse facilities from harder line groups. Then, when the Islamic Front came in and helped secure the sites, "they asserted themselves and said: 'All right, we're taking over,' " a senior U.S. official said.
So pretty much when we delivered weapons and supplies to one rebel faction, they went ahead and turned over that equipment to another faction (one much more hostile to the US).
It appears that the US State department has finally come to the conclusion some of us had already come to long ago-from the article wrote:The U.S. decision to suspend the delivery of nonlethal aid to rebels in northern Syria is another blow to American efforts to strengthen and unify insurgents fighting Bashar al-Assad, analysts say.
The State Department said Wednesday it made the decision after Islamist groups within the opposition captured a warehouse and headquarters of the mainstream opposition alliance backed United States.
The decision reflects the challenge the United States has in supporting a fractured opposition where extremist groups are gaining an edge over moderates.
"There is simply no way to separate the two," said Michael Rubin, an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute.
That conclusion being that the US arming of supposed moderate rebel factions will just lead to much more extreme and dangerous factions getting their hands on that equipment.
So, how is this to be spun?
Notice how Syria has completely fallen out of the news cycle and all the chickenhawk e-activists have packed-up their faux outrage and moved onto other things? Syria was just another drive-by dalliance for them, like Gunna Get Koni! Their passionate concern with the Levant have been stowed in the closet and they're now focused on the Golden Globes.
Yesterday, Seymour Hersch revealed that the Obama regime lied about the intelligence that led to accusations of the use of chemical weapons by the government of Syria. So we're proved right - just like Bush and Yellowcake. And Israel got exactly what it wanted all along - a castrated Syria with no capability to defend herself against Zionist nukes. Obama and his supporters, once again, carrying water for Tel Aviv. One evil man and ten million dupes and morons.