jehovahs witness protection: Has Obama EVER been on the right side of ANYTHING?
bison0329: I think this about covers it."The Obama administration has been reluctant to provide weapons to the disparate opposition, fearing that they will fall into the wrong hands in a volatile region. McCain said he discussed what types of weapons the rebels need and whether they could ensure their control."I'm confident that they could get the weapons into the right hands and there's no doubt that they need some kind of capability to reverse the battlefield situation, which right now is in favor of Assad," McCain said."
TimonC346: I'm pretty sure Obama has only been on the fence at the very most--McCain is the one who is all gung ho about it--and I'm also pretty sure this type of thing is exactly why Obama hasn't been all for it.
EyeballKid: jehovahs witness protection: Has Obama EVER been on the right side of ANYTHING?As for correctness, I dunno, but he always winds up on the right each time he compromises.
VictoryCabal: Um, hasn't the Obama administration been the ones slow-playing arming the Syrian rebels over just these sort of concerns? I swear conservatives have shorter memories than meth-addled goldfish.
InvertedB: jehovahs witness protection: Has Obama EVER been on the right side of ANYTHING?Have you EVER been on the right side of ANYTHING?
RyogaM: Arm the rebels=Obama loves terrorist. Don't arm the rebels=Obama loves bloodthirsty, genocidal dictators.
EyeballKid: RyogaM: Arm the rebels=Obama loves terrorist. Don't arm the rebels=Obama loves bloodthirsty, genocidal dictators.I know Republicans will no doubt go with this tact, given that Republicans have been shown to love both terrorists and bloodthirsty, genocidal dictators./Country First
FlashHarry: well, gee, i guess obama was right not to arm the rebels without any questions asked.syria is a clusterfark right now and a humanitarian disaster. but both sides are bad. so, short of going in with a half a million UN troops, what else is there? a no-fly zone, perhaps.
LasersHurt: Coincidentally Russia has been selling them air defense systems.
HotWingConspiracy: I think Obama was the one resisting giving them weapons.
2wolves: A large number of the "rebels" are private armies of one or another of the six-ish most powerful families. It's very much like central & south American countries that are dominated by the same 1% and the baton is passed around between the families.
xanadian: EyeballKid: jehovahs witness protection: Has Obama EVER been on the right side of ANYTHING?As for correctness, I dunno, but he always winds up on the right each time he compromises.Ba dum bum bssh.In all fairness, it would be very difficult to be on the right side for *anyone* in this conflict. Supposedly, you have al-Qaeda helping one or more of the rebel factions. And supposedly Hezbollah are on Assad's side. Which group of terrorists do you help? And both sides, ignoring any external governmental or organizational influence, have committed atrocities.I don't see there being any way of winning this one.
Arkanaut: This. In fact, IIRC Obama has pretty much been personally insisting on NOT arming the Syrian rebels, against the advice of almost his entire foreign policy team. So I'm not sure where subby or jwp is coming from.
Boxcutta: You misspelled "McCain," subtroll.Also, what's the worst that could happen? If only there were some sort of historical events where the US armed rebels against their government. Oh well, I'm sure it will work out fine.
Mrbogey: Obama arms them.
RsquaredW: David Ignatius (whose analysis is usually good on these subjects) thinks it's because he hasn't seen an action plan he likes - as in how the US will get in, get out, and be able to declare victory.
Dansker: Mrbogey: Obama arms them.You must know something the rest of the world doesn't.
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