Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to confirm Tuesday that the U.S. is training anti-Assad forces in the Syria conflict, saying the hope is to convince President Bashar Assad to “change his current calculation.”
Kerry, speaking to Fox News in Doha, Qatar, became the first U.S. official to acknowledge the off-site training on the record. He would not go into detail about the training, describing it as “one part” of the U.S. effort and something that “a lot of countries” are doing.
If you were a sitting President and it was discovered that you were openly supporting al-Qaeda—openly supplying them with weapons—what would you do?
Since al-Qaeda is the sworn enemy of the United States, since al-Qaeda has murdered countless Americans, and therefore supporting al-Qaeda would be treason in every sense of the word, of course you would resign or brace for impeachment.
Newly released WikiLeaks cables reveal that the US State Department has been secretly financing Syrian opposition groups and other opposition projects for at least five years, The Washington Post reports.
That aid continued going into the hands of the Syrian government opposition even after the US began its reengagement policy with Syria under President Barack Obama in 2009, the Post reports. In January, the US posted its first ambassador to the country since the Bush administration withdrew the US ambassador in 2005 over concerns about Syria’s involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.