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.Many on the so-called anti-imperialist "Left" found this request somewhat embarrassing because they had been saying for years that Obama has always been the principal force funding and training Assad's opposition. So without offering something like a shred of evidence of previous funding, they simply claimed it and made reports like these.
From Anti-War.com we got:
Having thrown hundreds of millions of dollars at the various “moderate” Syrian rebel factions, the US has very little to show for it...Still, President Obama sees no reason to try something new, and is doubling down with a request to Congress for another $500 million for Syrian rebel funding, aiming at both training and equipment for the factions.And from Democracy Now we got:
President Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and arm Syrian rebels. If approved, it would mark the most direct U.S. military role in the conflict to date, following more covert forms of support for the rebels.If by "more covert forms of support," they mean radios and MRE (meals ready to eat), I will concede the point, if they mean military support of the type that Obama started requesting then and is still requesting today, then they have a steep hill of proof to climb.
At the time it was also being reported that 160,000 people had been killed in the Syrian conflict. Now after almost three months, 40,000 more Syrian lives and the prominent be-headings of three westerners, Obama is still campaigning for that $500 million to arm those now fighting both Assad and ISIS in Syria.
This is the long and short of Obama's celebrated support for those fighting for democracy in Syria. For more than three years now he has been all bark and no bite in the fight for freedom in Syria.
High diplo source told me that Arabs put an offer on table for #Obama to fight radicals in #Syria back in 2013. Included military help.
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) September 14, 2014
Michael Weiss said the story of "Syrian rebels" who "signed a ceasefire with ISIS" was nothing but "media fairy dust" #syria Genius
— FSA Support (@FSASupport) September 14, 2014
Clashes reported between opposition forces & ISIS fighters in Hajar al-Aswad amid regime shelling. #Damascus #Syria
— Paradoxy (@Paradoxy13) September 14, 2014
#Syria #Assad regime continues its lethal bombing campaign against everybody, including women and children: http://t.co/fzpVKIJMa6
— Peter Clifford (@PeterClifford1) September 14, 2014
#Syria VDC document the names of 80 civilians from #Douma killed over 4 days due to airstrikes http://t.co/8OYXbfvWPN
— •REC (@lopforum) September 13, 2014
Pay some killers to kill a couple of innocent western journalists & forget about Assad's genocide! #Syria pic.twitter.com/BVigJRt0GX
— Magpie V (@i_magpie) September 14, 2014
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