There used to be a basic distinction between military and humanitarian aid. Military aid meant weapons. Humanitarian aid meant medical and food supplies.
Nonlethal aid blends the two together by combining medical supplies with military gear into something that is military aid, but pretends not to be. Nonlethal aid is not humanitarian aid. It’s military aid that you give to enemy forces that you want to see win, but whom you don’t trust. It’s military aid that bypasses international blocks on military aid.
Nonlethal aid is dishonest. It tries to make military aid sound humanitarian by emphasizing defense rather than offensive equipment. But defensive battlefield equipment is still there for an offensive purpose when being dispensed to a force that is pushing forward to capture territory.
The United States is providing Syrian rebels with $123 million in new nonlethal aid that may include body armor and other types of supplies that haven’t been part of the assistance package in the past.
The additional money will double the nonlethal assistance to the Syrian opposition as well as increase humanitarian aid. The nonlethal aid could include armored vehicles, night vision goggles and advanced communications equipment.
Armored vehicles, body armor, night vision goggles and communications equipment are only nonlethal in the sense that you don’t use them to physically kill someone with. Instead you use them in military engagements in which people are being killed.
The distinction approaches the point of absurdity. A Syrian FSA unit equipped with body armor, armored vehicles and night vision equipment can launch an attack on a Syrian position that would not be possible without it. The non-lethal military equipment amounts to support for a military attack.
The United States is not officially sending weapons. It is however standing aside while Qatar sends the weapons. This was Obama’s M.O in Libya. Now it’s his M.O. in Syria.
Obama never admits to starting wars. His military engagements lack that basic honesty. Instead in Libya he called for a No Fly Zone and acted as the air force for the Libyan Islamist militias. Now he’s preparing to do the same thing in Syria.
For years the left shrieked that Bush lied about WMD in Iraq, Obama however lies about the very existence of the wars that he fights.