Kerry Channels Baghdad Bob, Claims No Saudis Fighting in Syria

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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This is one of those “It may be sorta technically true, but it’s a complete lie in every other sense of the word.”

Secretary of State John Kerry’s assertion Tuesday that no Saudis are fighting in Syria raised eyebrows, but the State Department said later the point he was making was that the kingdom is not actively involved in the conflict in the same way Iran is on the regime’s side.

“We do not believe it is appropriate for the Assad regime to have invited the Iranians and Hezbollah to cross international lines and to have their fighters on the ground,” Kerry said. “There are no United States fighters. There are no Saudi fighters. There are no Qatari fighters on the ground.”

Kerry is obviously channeling Baghdad Bob here. And you can see why since they do have some things in common. There are plenty of Saudi fighters on the ground. They are being armed by the Saudi and Qatari governments. But they just aren’t officially part of the Saudi military.

The distinction here is mostly meaningless. Iran was originally playing the same game in Syria, refusing to admit that its Revolutionary Guard was on the ground. And Hezbollah is a terrorist group. It certainly balances out the Al Nusra Front.

Qatari trainers are on the ground in Jordan providing training to the rebels. If Obama pulls a No Fly Zone, they will be officially on the ground in Syria. And they probably are already anyway.

Kerry’s complaint is nothing short of bizarre considering that the United States has been arming and training Syrian Jihadists. Does he consider it appropriate to arm and train fighters, but not appropriate to actually go to the next step and send actual troops in? The distinction becomes minor after a while. A legalism. A question of degree.

Turkey and Qatar are waging war on Syria. The war is part of a regional religious war between Sunnis and Shiites with Iran on one side and the Sunni Islamists of Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia on the other.

What exactly does Kerry expect? Both sides have fighters on the ground. Obama Inc. has just chosen to back the Sunni terrorists over the Shiite terrorists. But let’s not pretend that represents some kind of moral high ground.

  • cathy

    Sunni and Shiite terrorists represent two of many factions of Islam that hate each other but both factions have common ground when it comes to hatred of Jews and Christians … when it comes to an ultimate goal of a worldwide Islamic takeover. Something akin to two fighting crocodiles.

    Ted Cruz to Obama on Syria: Don’t arm those who hate us!
    June 20th, 2013
    http://therightscoop.com/ted-cruz-to-obama-on-syria-dont-arm-those-who-hate-us

    • tpellow

      from tpellow:-

      Yes.

      “By pledging at a meeting in Qatar last weekend to send more arms and equipment to the rebels, the 11-member so-called ‘Friends of Syria’, including the US, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, decided in effect to stoke the civil war in Homs and the rest of Syria. To pretend it is not a civil war or to support the rebel side as somehow uniquely representative of the Syrian people flies in the face of demonstrable facts. West of Homs in the port city of Tartus on the Mediterranean there is a long wall with pictures of many of the 2,000 young men from the city killed fighting as soldiers for the government in the last two years. The Syrian state, in control of most of the country, is not going to implode just because the rebels receive fresh supplies of money and arms.”

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/a-return-to-homs-the-atmosphere-here-is-poisoned-by-fear-of-a-kind-i-have-only-ever-seen-once-before-8677413.html

  • OfficialPro

    Oh yeah, and there never any chem weapons in Iraq either eh? [/sarcasm]

  • DogmaelJones1

    Wake me if I’ve fallen asleep on this: But, didn’t we reap fatal consequences from aiding Afghan “rebels” in their fight against the Soviets? Didn’t that aid and gratitude come back at us in the form of two planes hitting the WTC, one the Pentagon, and one nose-dived into a Pennsylvania field? Is this lesson lost on Obama? Or is he even aware of the parallels? And if he is, does he care? We have troops in Jordan, troops in Egypt, and God knows where else. Is history repeating itself?

  • Gee

    Secretary Kerry is absolutely as honest as the rest of the Odumba regime. ‘nuf said