Obama’s Move to Arm Al Qaeda in Syria

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


Islamic extremist fighters in Syria grow more ambitiousOn Monday, twelve years and five days after al Qaeda precipitated the worst domestic attack in modern history, President Obama waived two sections of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), allowing him to provide military assistance to “vetted” rebel grips in Syria. Though the AECA was designed to prevent arming terrorists, Obama announced that he had the authority to “waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40(a) of the AECA related to such a transaction.”

Section 40, “Transactions With Countries Supporting Acts of International Terrorism,” and Section 40(a), “Prohibited Transactions by the United States Government,” ban sending munitions to any nation described in Section 40 (d), “Countries Covered by Prohibition:” “The prohibitions contained in this section apply with respect to a country if the Secretary of State determines that the government of that country has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.”

Section 40(g), “Waiver,” grants the president the power to waive these provisions if he determines “the transaction is essential to the national security interest of the United States.” The same section requires the president to give Congress the name of any country involved in the proposed transaction, the identity of any recipient of the items to be provided pursuant to the proposed transaction, and the anticipated use of those items” at least 15 days before the transaction takes place.

In addition, he must provide a description of the items involved, the reasons the transaction is essential to our national security, the date of delivery, the name of every government “department, agency or other entity” involved in the transaction, as well as “every foreign government involved..and every private party with significant participation in the proposed transaction.”

Yet unless the Washington Post is inaccurate, Obama has dispensed with the notion that Congress gets their 15-day notification. Five days before the president announced his waiver, the paper revealed that the CIA and the State Department had already begun delivering weapons to Syrian rebels, along with vehicles, advanced communications equipment, and cutting edge medical kits.

Nonetheless, National Security Council Spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden contended that this action will allow the president to provide, “where appropriate, certain non-lethal assistance inside or related to Syria,” (italics mine) ostensibly related to giving rebel forces “life-saving chemical weapons-related assistance” currently prohibited by the AECA. Hayden further noted that the AECA no longer applies to “international organizations…[and] select vetted members of the Syrian opposition, including the Supreme Military Council.”

The idea that the Obama administration can determine “select vetted members of the opposition” is utter nonsense. A new study by IHS Jane’s, a defense consultancy, estimates that, out of the approximately 100,000 rebels fighting the government of Bashar Assad, 10,000 are jihadists, including foreign fighters linked directly to terrorist organizations like al Qaeda. Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share the same sentiments, but are focused on the war in Syria, as opposed to the effort to realize a worldwide Islamic Caliphate. An additional 30,000 are so-called moderates, but even they belong to groups described by IHS Jane’s as having “an Islamic character.” Thus, non-Islamist, secular or nationalist groups comprise a minuscule minority.

Charles Lister, who authored the analysis, minced no words. “The insurgency is now dominated by groups which have at least an Islamist viewpoint on the conflict. The idea that it is mostly secular groups leading the opposition is just not borne out.”

Apparently that reality is irrelevant to the true believers. “Our intelligence agencies, I think, have a very good handle on who to support and who not to support,” said Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) on CBS last Sunday. “And there’s going to be mistakes. We understand some people are going to get arms that should not be getting arms. But we still should be doing everything we can to support the free Syrian opposition.” Sen. John McCain dismissed the IHS Jane’s report completely. “Not true, not true!” he exclaimed, contending there are “about 70 percent still who are Free Syrian Army.”

That would be the same Free Syrian Army that coordinates regular military operations with al Qaeda and other terrorist entities, and the same John McCain who, along with our equally clueless Secretary of State John Kerry, cited research by the now-discredited Elizabeth O’Bagy to back up their assertions. O’Bagy, who was subsequently fired from her “senior analyst” job at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) for lying about her education credentials, has now admitted that her original contention that she had defended her dissertation, and was only waiting for Georgetown University to confer her Ph.D. degree, was also a lie. She never enrolled in the Ph.D. program.

McCain remains undaunted. He insists his strategy is to provide “meaningful lethal assistance to moderate opposition forces.”

Unfortunately such silliness obscures the more ominous implication of Hayden’s contention that the AECA no longer applies to international organizations. That means the additional shipments the president intends to make to rebel forces also violates the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012. Section 1021(b)(2) of the law, upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd District, allows for detention of citizens and permanent residents on “suspicion of providing substantial support” to groups engaged in hostilities against the U.S.

How this statute fails to apply to the “some people” Corker has essentially admitted are terrorists, is anyone’s guess.

The primary rationale for arming rebel factions is that the Assad regime crossed a “red line” by employing chemical weapons. The subsequent circus that ensued from those two words culminated in an agreement where Assad would submit a list of his chemical weapons cache within a week, allow U.N. weapons inspectors into Syria no later than November, and completely destroy the stockpile by the middle of next year. If Assad refuses to comply, the use of force may or may not be an option.

As advantageous as that deal is to Assad and Putin, highlighted by reports that Assad may already be moving his chemical weapons to Iraq and Lebanon to avoid detection, it may already be in jeopardy. Yesterday, Russia announced that it will present evidence provided by the Syrian government to the U.N. Security Council, revealing chemical weapons use by rebel forces in the Damascus suburbs. “We will present all this in the UN Security Council, of course,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, according to Interfax.

Earlier in the day, Russia denounced the U.N. report of the August 21 chemical attack in the al-Ghouta area of Damascus as “politicized, preconceived and one-sided,” according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. Likely this is due to the reality that British, French and US envoys said the report leaves no doubt Assad’s government was responsible, even though the investigative team itself refrained from blaming either side. Thus, it seems likely that Russia is building a case to veto any punishment that France, Britain and the U.S. might mete out to Assad for any violations of his promise to abandon chemical weapons.

Yet none of these machinations negates the reality that the president, members of his administration, and members of Congress will be engaged in arming America’s mortal enemies, even as they claim they can sift the secular/nationalist wheat from the terrorist chaff.

Radio host Glenn Beck cut right through that pernicious assertion. He made the irrefutably logical case that if we are providing military aid to the “good guys,” it shouldn’t be necessary to waive sections of a law aimed at preventing terrorists from being armed.

On Monday, the remains of a 49-year-old man killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 were identified using an advanced DNA technique. Only 1,638 out of 2,753 people murdered that day have been identified. They were murdered by the same group of Islamist savages that President Obama and the useful idiots in his administration and Congress would arm a dozen years later. How long before these weapons are inevitably turn on us?

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  • cathy

    Why should anyone be surprised?

    Barack Obama is a willing puppet whose strings are being pulled by those who have A WORLDWIDE AGENDA to raise up the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood and establish Sharia Law. This will be accomplished by destroying ALL present systems including regimes controlled by other Islamic factions. This destruction is happening through anarchy/violence/terror or PC infiltration.

    Considering ALL factions of Islam have a meeting of the minds when it comes to regimes/faiths that do not bow to Allah … the aiding and abetting of ANY faction of Islam by Obama is akin to treason.

    • truebearing

      Given the nature of Islam and it’s stated goals, simply being a Muslim is treasonous. There is no compatibility between a constitutional republic and Islam. The two cannot coexist.

      • al_kidya

        Obama, being not only a Muslim but a closet member of the Sunni, Wahhabis sect of Islam, has committed treason. Ever since he kissed the ring of the Saudi King, Abdullah, he has been showing his true colors. These colors (primarily green) are intensifying as we get deeper into his second term as POTUS.

    • kikorikid

      In 1992 documents were discovered that outlined the
      Muslim Brotherhoods “Plan” to subvert the United States
      thru “Civilization Jihad” and “Creeping Sharia”. To destroy
      the U.S. “by our own hands and with the help of believers”.
      This is being facilitated by the intellectual fascism of
      Political Correctness. NOTHING may/can be said about
      Islam that is not considered “blaspheme” and therefore
      “Offensive” to Muslims. Muslims have and are pushing
      for more and more “hate laws” which abrogate our
      1st Amendment Right of free expression. The EU-UK
      experience of this is telling. Muslims have imposed
      “Muslim Only” NO-GO zones in most cities and have
      “Sharia Compliance” goon squads patrolling to enforce
      Sharia. Currently,in the U.S., the City with the highest
      percentage of Muslim population is Dearborn.Michigan.
      On Google Earth you can find the City Hall and all appears
      copacetic until you look directly across the street and
      find the “Arabian National Museum”. Well,OK, until
      you look on top of the building and see the “Dome of
      the Mosque.” Christians have been assaulted by Muslims
      while Police look on, a microcosm of what is the new
      “Normal” in EU-UK. Sharia compliance is THE factor
      that compels Obama to call Ft.Hood an act of “workplace
      Violence” and NOT an act of Jihadi Terrorism. Obamo IS
      Sharia Compliant to the detriment of our Nation.More….

      • defcon 4

        It’s considerably worse than the police “looking on”. The police have been complicit in the facilitating death threats against Christians (look at David Wood’s website) and arresting Christians under false pretenses (for which I think David Horowitz’s AFDI is suing the corrupt judicial system in Dearbornistan).

    • Margaret Rocheleau

      Ditto. Felice

  • cathy

    Barack Obama backed the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood Morsi in Egypt and then two years later opposed the opposition that brought him down. It is obvious what faction of Islam the President of the United States adheres to.

    • truebearing

      Obama does appear to have an affinity with the Sunnis, but his ignoring the Status of Force agreement in Iraq, his unwillingness to support Iran’s democracy protestors, and his flaccid response to Iran’s nuclear program suggest that he is sympathetic to Shiites as well….or is he just facilitating the prophesies of an Islamic Armeggedon in Syria — by both Sunnis and Shiites — as the necessary precursor to the establishment of the caliphate?
      A number of things are clear: Obama has no love for this country nor respect for our laws, he is deeply invested in the outcome of all things Islamic, he is enabling Islam, and he is fundamentally evil.

  • Hass

    Osama Obama is not only a Muslim, he’s a Sunni. And he seems proud to be one. Just look at his ring.

    • victoryman

      Obama’s core religion is anti-Americanism – with a healthy dose of anti-Semitism thrown in for good measure. He and his angry wife despise our country and all it stands for. Obama stated that he wanted to “Fundamentally change” this country and with the help of the traitors in the (So-called) republican party he is succeeding. Wake up, America and smell the Quislings among us who are partnering with the “Religion of peace” animals throughout the world. The barbarians are no longer at the gates. They are in our cities and occupy high positions in our government.

    • cathy

      Obama’s ring: ‘There is no god but Allah’
      10/10/2012

      http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/obamas-ring-there-is-no-god-but-allah/

  • Alvaro

    Let me get this straight: Obama wants to send weapons to supporters of “international terrorism” because it is “essential to the national security interest of the United States”?

  • benjabo1machal

    Barak Obama wants to be the “Caliph”

  • http://www.facebook.com/melvin.polatnick Melvin Polatnick

    The theory that putting an AK-47 in the hands of al-Qaeda will help destroy the Arab ruling class works. It will create an army of holy warriors who can easily be controlled by US and Israeli drones.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Sure. Like in Afghanistan.

    • kikorikid

      Melvin, You are delusional.

  • 10sgal

    It won’t be long until they use the weapons against us!

  • Gee

    US laws and the President of the United States are not on speaking terms.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Obama waived two sections of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), allowing him to provide military assistance to “vetted” rebel grips in Syria.

    How does one distinguish a moderate Muslim from an Islamists? Do moderate Muslims wear a lapel pin and smile, while Islamists have a permanent frown and a look of disdain on their face?

    Moreover, if the Obama administration provides weapons to Muslims that then turn those weapons on us, is he going to be held to account and made to suffer consequences? Well, is GWB suffering consequences for his gross incompetence while in office? Hardly.

    The reality is there are no so-called moderates and so-called Islamists, since the first and foremost prerequisite of Islam is the total, complete, and unconditional submission of all Muslims to the “will of Allah” under the penalty of death for blasphemy and apostasy, which, by the way, reveals that Islam is a totalitarian cult as opposed to being a faith-based religion, as the freedom of conscience is prevented in Islam via the penalty of death for blasphemy and apostasy.

    Furthermore, what is the “will of Allah” that all Muslim totally, completely, and unconditionally submit to under the penalty of death for blasphemy and apostasy? In essence it is Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law.

    Hence, for anyone of Islamic persuasion to be considered a true moderate in the Western sense of the word, that person would necessarily have to disavow their total, complete, and unconditional submission to the “will of Allah” under the penalty of death for blasphemy and apostasy, and such action would not make such a person a so-called moderate Muslim, but an ex-Muslim apostate with a death sentence hanging over their head instead. Thus, the existence of so-called moderate Muslims is little more than political correct myth.

    As a matter of fact, jihad is not only the highest pillar of which Islam stands; it is also a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims in one form or another. Hence, all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another. Otherwise, they are blasphemous apostates that per the texts and tenets of Islam must be executed.

    Indeed, Islam is a very totalitarian cult posing as being a faith-based religion to dupe its intended victims. Thus, there are no Islamists in Islam, just like there are no moderates in Islam, only jihadists in one form of another, as every Muslim is a jihadist.

    A new study by IHS Jane’s, a defense consultancy, estimates that, out of the approximately 100,000 rebels fighting the government of Bashar Assad, 10,000 are jihadists, including foreign fighters linked directly to terrorist organizations like al Qaeda. Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share the same sentiments, but are focused on the war in Syria, as opposed to the effort to realize a worldwide Islamic Caliphate. An additional 30,000 are so-called moderates, but even they belong to groups described by IHS Jane’s as having “an Islamic character.”

    Complete and utter balderdash! All Muslims in the world are jihadists in one form or another. Terrorism is strictly only a Western manifestation, as Muslims fight jihad in the cause of Allah for the establishment/expansion of Islam instead, and the effort to realize a worldwide Islamic Caliphate is another very moronic myth, as the sole fundamental purpose of Islam is the subjugation into Islamic totalitarianism of all religions and all infidels through both violent and non-violent jihad and the eventual imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law.

    Charles Lister, who authored the analysis, minced no words. ”The insurgency is now dominated by groups which have at least an Islamist viewpoint on the conflict. The idea that it is mostly secular groups leading the opposition is just not borne out.”

    Charles Lister is a complete and utter incompetent. Nevertheless, the reality is ALL MUSLIMS are our eternal mortal enemies and therefore should never be armed under any circumstances, especially due to the fact that ALL MUSLIMS are jihadists in one form or another.

    “Our intelligence agencies, I think, have a very good handle on who to support and who not to support,” said Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) on CBS last Sunday.

    Another total incompetent!

    Sen. John McCain dismissed the IHS Jane’s report completely. “Not true, not true!” he exclaimed, contending there are “about 70 percent still who are Free Syrian Army.”

    Sen. John McCain has been senile since at least Bosnia. Anyone dumb enough to listen to that moron deserves exactly what they get.

    Yet none of these machinations negates the reality that the president, members of his administration, and members of Congress will be engaged in arming America’s mortal enemies, even as they claim they can sift the secular/nationalist wheat from the terrorist chaff.

    Indeed, our entire government, along with the President and Congress are all for the most part totally incompetent. Not to mention that our so-called MSM is as well.

    They were murdered by the same group of Islamist savages

    Including this writer, as there are no Islamists, since ALL MUSLIMS are jihadists in one form or another.

  • lyndaaquarius

    It’s all so unnerving.

  • Rosasolis

    The reports of the anti-American strategy of Obama are increasing
    everyday. It seems that as his 2nd.term as President drags on, the
    problems he is causing for America and the entire Western World
    are getting worse. I cannot help wondering how it is possible that this
    crazed leader is using the tax-payers money to support El-Qaida, and other
    Islam terrorist groeps such as The Brotherhood, and Boko Harem!
    Every year during the week of 9 – 11 we remember the terrible nightmare,
    together with you in America. Again last week several reports and films of this tragedy were sent out on all our TV senders. They seemed to make us even more
    aware of the fast-growing danger of The Rise of the Islam. And the ever-going
    threat of their plans to take over the whole world, and force their Sharia Law
    upon all people…(As written in the Koran).
    During the past 2 years we have been reading more reports from several
    Americans who have been supporting plans to Impeach Obama…
    But nothing has been achieved up until now…and so he is able to continue
    his support for the terrorists….Are you planning to wait until the next election,
    whereby one of his cronies will be elected and will just carry on with more of
    Obama’s orders….While the Sunni Jihad claims yet more of the world?

  • LDMack

    So Kerry is wobbling on the, “boots on the ground,” posture and we’re sending arms to who? This is a scenario for a potential nightmare that just won’t go away. Glenn Beck has an excellent point. Why would a waiver be needed if there were no questions about who might be getting these arms?

    So it is in our national security interests to arm militant extremists on one hand, and simultaneously campaign to strip Americans of their 2nd amendment rights on the other? So we’ll take guns away from the mentally touched in America, but give them away for free to the “mentally stable” overseas?

    It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, mad world. Angry Birds.