December 8, 2012

Arming Syrian Rebels in U.S. Interest

Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

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Until now, the administration has hesitated to supply weapons because it hoped for a negotiated solution to the war. "We had no desire to further militarize the situation; that was one of our catchphrases," Hof said. "But that phrase is no longer relevant.... The accelerating demise of the regime and the threat of sectarian bloodletting is destroying Syria. Time is our enemy. The worse it gets, the harder it gets for Syria to be rebuilt." This isn't mainly about getting the rebels more weapons; those are already flowing in. It's not about them; it's about us — and the amount of influence we'll have in Syria once the insurgents win.

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