The White House promises that before any money is awarded to anyone, the recipient groups will be “appropriately vetted.” To make sure that only the “moderate” rebels will get the money.
This is supposed to allay fears that money and weapons might end up in the wrong hands. Keep in mind that these are mostly anti-gun politicians calling for sending loads of money, heavy weapons and training to Mohammedan terrorist groups. Isn’t that a little ironic? Foreign terrorists get free money and truly automatic “assault” weapons and rocket-propelled grenades and even crash courses to show them how to use them. But if you’re an American, you have to jump through hoops just to get a permit to own a handgun. After you pay the fee, submit to a background check and wait. Makes perfect sense. Reuters reported:
President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers to provide more help to Syria’s opposition, asked the U.S. Congress on Thursday to approve $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
It was the administration’s most tangible move yet to help beleaguered Assad opponents who have been frustrated at a lack of U.S. assistance after Obama stepped back from launching air strikes on Syria nearly a year ago.
Senior Obama administration officials have long debated how best to help rebels in Syria’s three-year-old civil war, which is showing signs of spilling over into neighboring Iraq.
A White House statement said Syrian rebels would be “appropriately vetted” before being given assistance, in what amounts to an effort to assuage concerns that some equipment provided to the Syrian opposition might ultimately fall into the hands of U.S. enemies.
Reuters of course waits until the very last paragraph to remind us who these groups are that are going to be receiving our financial and military aid:
Syrian rebels fighting Assad are a disparate array of groups including the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which seized parts of northern and western Iraq in an offensive this month; Nusra Front, which is affiliated to al Qaeda; and moderate, non-ideological factions such as the Supreme Military Command.
Of course the money and weapons will end up in the wrong hands. That’s the point. The U.S. is trying to de-stabilize the region, not stabilize it. They want Assad gone. After he’s gone, the U.S. will support someone else who is a lot easier to control.