Friday, June 21, 2013

Kerry to defend Syria policy in Mideast visit

Syrian rebels/terrorists

Over 70% of Americans do not want our troops involved in Syria's Civil War.  However, when has this administration listened to the people? As a matter of fact, when has President Obama paid attention to the U.S. Constitution, or presented his case of another ME Islamic war to Congress; has Obama taken time out to addressed the nation? Kerry wants to "defend" these actions in Qatar (where they plan on negotiations with the Afghanistan Taliban) and yet, he nor Obama has defended this action to the American citizens.  

Read this article carefully; note the mention of France and Saudi Arabia.  If I remember correctly, France was all hot and bothered about Libya - look how well that worked out for us!  Leading from behind seems to be the norm with this White House; since when does the United State go to war after war at the bidding of other nations, or NATO?!  And, as my friend Bruce notes, since when do our leaders aid and abet the enemy?  The rebels/terrorists in Syria are connected to al Qaeda!  We're fighting them in Afghanistan, while arming them in Syria.  This sounds like something only an insane leader would consider, never mind actually following through with and expecting America to agree to such insanity.

Are the Saudis Obama's puppet masters?

Be sure to glance at the article written by Daniel Greenfield, on Front Page Magazine:
 Obama Inc. Has Been  Training Syrian Fighters in Use of Anti-Aircraft Weapons1. Obama made a big show now of only providing anti-tank and not anti-aircraft weapons, letting the Saudis provide the anti-aircraft weapons out of plausible deniability. However clearly this was the plan all along.
2. The weapons shipments had nothing to do with any supposed red line, since training was already being provided, as a prelude to arming.
 So once again we learn that Obama has been coordinating weapons shipments and training with terrorist supporting countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar while pretending not to be involved.Deja vu, just like in Libya.
Let's go to the Jerusalem Post to read the latest fiasco of this administration's foreign policy. Please note that Michael O’Hanlon  is not sure if a "few arms" will make a difference.  Really?  The newspapers are like a leaking faucet - drip, drip, drip.  We know that our troops have been on the Turkey/Syrian border since last year (at least one year!); we know weapons have been smuggled into Syria by way of Turkey, from Libya, since BEFORE last Sept. 11th, when four Americans were killed/tortured in Benghazi; and we know they are training Syrians in Jordan.  My guess is there are over 4,000 American troops at the edges of Syria - and who knows how many more Obama will commit to this insane war, if not stopped by Congress.

This so-called "man of peace", with his Nobel Peace Prize, is a crocodile in disguise.

by Bloomberg
June 21, 2013
Kerry to address allies concerns that providing Syrian rebels with small arms won't be effective in ousting Assad.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, May 31, 2013.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, May 31, 2013. Photo: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

US Secretary of State John Kerry will confront concerns Saturday from Mideast and European allies that a US plan to send small arms won’t do enough to bolster Syrian rebels battling Bashar Assad’s regime.

The top US diplomat is to meet in Doha, Qatar, with foreign ministers from 10 other countries backing the Syrian opposition. Some, such as Saudi Arabia and France, have pushed to provide greater firepower to rebels who say they need anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons.

“The administration has a big challenge,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a defense analyst at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “It’s not clear that a few arms can make much of a difference. I see little evidence to back up that hope.”
Talks on Syria’s civil war, which has killed more than 93,000 people and driven more than 1.5 million refugees into neighboring countries, will be just the start of Kerry’s 11-day trip to seven countries. Efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons are among contentious issues on an itinerary that includes stops in Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and India.
Kerry arrives in Qatar after a flap there this week stole attention from the announcement of plans for talks with the Taliban on a peace agreement in Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai objected when the Taliban opened a Doha office under the name it used when it controlled Afghanistan and initially said his government wouldn’t participate in the negotiations.
The Taliban changed the name of its facility and talks may begin as early as this weekend, starting with a meeting between US and Taliban officials. Kerry won’t be seeing Taliban representatives while in Doha, according to a State Department official who briefed reporters on the secretary’s trip yesterday on condition of anonymity.
Syria Debate
The White House has announced only that the US would expand military aid to the Syrian opposition. While President Barack Obama has authorized providing small arms and ammunition, he’s stopped short of backing air strikes against Assad’s forces, a no-fly zone over Syria or heavier weaponry to battle the regime’s tanks and aircraft, according to a US official familiar with the decision who asked not to be identified discussing the move.
“Everyone knows we’re going to have to do a lot more, and a lot more together, to get rid of Assad,” Andrew Tabler, a Syria analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said in an interview. “The question is how to get there. Everybody is torn, but I think this is going to be an interesting chat.”
Kerry’s tour includes his fifth visit to Israel in as many months in an effort to revive Israeli-Palestinian talks that have been moribund for almost three years amid disputes over the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. During stops in Jerusalem and Amman, Jordan, Kerry is scheduled to meet with Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian Authority officials.
“We’re running out of time,” Kerry said to the American Jewish Committee, a Washington advocacy group, on June 3. “Let’s be clear: If we do not succeed now, and I know I’m raising the stakes, we may not get another chance.”
That provocative comment was probably a mistake, said Aaron David Miller, a former adviser to Republican and Democratic secretaries of state who is now a vice president at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington.
“You can say it once, but you can’t say it more than that,” Miller said. “It just makes us seem desperate.”
No ‘Ownership’
The danger of starting U.S.-brokered talks now, Miller said, is that Israelis and Palestinians haven’t yet shown a commitment, or sense of ownership, in the peace process.
“The real problem here is the absence of ownership,” Miller said. “I don’t understand how Kerry can get around that. Rarely have I seen a secretary of state who seems so sure of himself.”
In meeting with Israeli officials, Kerry also is sure to hear concerns that an international coalition against Iran’s nuclear program may weaken after the victory of President-elect Hassan Rohani, a cleric backed by Iranian reformers, said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran analyst at the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
“For Israel and neighboring Persian Gulf countries, a Rohani presidency is the equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig,” Sadjadpour said. “They worry that Iran’s nuclear ambitions will remain unchanged, but under a more moderate leadership the international sanctions regime could unravel.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is extremely suspicious and worried that a diplomatic outcome will allow the Iranians to sneak a bomb through the back door,” according to Miller, who said Kerry will “want to retain a certain amount of independence from the Israeli view on this.”
Kerry also is scheduled to visit India, Kuwait and Brunei.