February 28, 2013

Secretary of State Kerry's First Act Interfere in Middle Eastern Conflict

I have a very bad feeling about this.

ROME—Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. is preparing for the first time to directly provide nonlethal assistance, including food rations and medical supplies, to rebel Syrian fighters as part of a bid to change President Bashar al-Assad's "calculations" and expedite his removal from office.

Washington's top diplomat also announced at an international conference in Italy on Thursday that the U.S. will provide $60 million in assistance to Syria's main political opposition group, the Syrian Opposition Coalition, to help it unify politically and better distribute humanitarian supplies and public services to areas of Syria that have been liberated from Mr. Assad's rule.

The irony is Kerry and Obama have continually argued against these types of actions by the US in the past. The similarity to 1980's Afghanistan is pretty apparent.

Arms are already flowing to Syria from Libya and other nations like Saudi Arabia so the non-lethal nature of the aid is less relevant. What is relevant is that this aid will most likely be co-opted by al-Nusra and other allies of al-Qaeda in their campaign to win Syrian hearts and minds by lending civilian aid. al-Nusra is already the most effective group at delivering civilian aid in occupied areas.

I have little faith that any promises made to cut al-Qaeda aligned groups out of this process can or will be kept.

We might as well just write a check to Ayman al-Zawahiri.

By Howie at 08:46 AM | Comments |