Insiders: Obama Ready to Arm Syrian Rebels
President planning more aggressive Syria policy, officials say
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2013 2:58 AM CDT
Updated May 1, 2013 6:02 AM CDT
President Obama answers questions during a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama may not have sounded very threatening during yesterday's White House press conference, but senior administration officials say he is planning a much more aggressive line on Syria, the Washington Post reports. The president is planning to supply the Syrian opposition with lethal weaponry for the first time, and plans for the US to take a leading role among allies seeking to get rid of President Bashar al-Assad, officials say.

"We’re clearly on an upward trajectory," according to a senior official, who says Obama is "ready to move" and is weighing all options, including a no-fly zone and even boots on the ground. “We’ve moved over to assistance that has a direct military purpose," the official says. The president will make a decision on sending arms to Syria rebels within weeks, before a June meeting with Vladimir Putin in which he will try to persuade the Russian leader that Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons should be enough for him to stop supporting Assad.

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May 5, 2013 8:50 PM CDT
Here we go, another democratic president getting the United States into ANOTHER war..
May 2, 2013 7:35 AM CDT
Meet Robert S. Ford, our man in Damascus since January 2011, 2 months before the "uprising": formerly in civil-war-ravaged Iraq, formerly in tortured-corpse-filled el Salvador. Common denominator: death squads. And his friends: American sponsored 3,000 tons of guns to Syrian al Qaida since November last: The US initiated this "uprising", and sustained in; an "uprising" without popular support in Syria. The US is guilty of ethnic cleansing, of the deaths of over 70,000 Syrians. And because it is Obama, this is permissible to the mindless leftists.
May 2, 2013 3:22 AM CDT
I watched that Frontline piece on Syria. Assad is using jets, tanks & rockets against guys with machine guns, mortars & RPGs. Essentially he's just slowly blowing up every town that puts up any resistance against his military. Its pretty nasty. If what Bush did in Iraq got him an eternal open invitation to a trial at the Hague, what Assad is doing in Syria definitely qualifies for a Hague trial as well. Obama is in a no-win situation on this one though. Putin & Russia like Assad. He's their type of SOB. Russia isn't likely to back military action against him through the U.N. so figure putting it to the U.N. security council is a waste of time (I can imagine China going along with Putin on the vote to not use force against Assad). Going to be interesting to see how Obama handles this one. If you haven't seen the Frontline piece it's definitely worth watching. Brutal shit :(