December 17, 2013
Obama State Department announceswillingness to engage with Islamic Front (al-Qaeda) in SyriaTopics: Middle East News and Perspectives, Political News and commentaries
More Islamist appeasement from the Obama administration: U.S. considering allying with hardline Islamists (an al-Qaeda force) in Syria.
So, what could possibly go wrong, after all ... Libya worked out so well, right?
John Hudson reports for Foreign Policy:
As the moderate faction of the Syrian rebellion implodes under the strain of vicious infighting and diminished resources, the United States is increasingly looking to hardline Islamists in its efforts to gain leverage in Syria's civil war. The development has alarmed U.S. observers concerned that the radical Salafists do not share U.S. values and has dismayed supporters of the Free Syrian Army who believe the moderates were set up to fail.Much more here ...
On Monday, the State Department confirmed its openness to engaging with the Islamic Front following the group's seizure of a Free Syrian Army headquarters last week containing U.S.-supplied small arms and food. "We wouldn't rule out the possibility of meeting with the Islamic Front," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Monday. "We can engage with the Islamic Front, of course, because they're not designated terrorists ... We're always open to meeting with a wide range of opposition groups. Obviously, it may make sense to do so at some point soon, and if we have something to announce, we will."
How soon the U.S. might engage with the powerful rebel faction, if it chooses to, is uncertain. On Saturday, Reuters reported that Syrian rebel commanders in the Islamic Front were due to meet U.S. officials in Turkey in the coming days to discuss U.S. support for the group. A Syrian opposition source speaking with The Cable said that efforts were in place to unite the Western-backed Free Syrian Army and the Islamic Front under the same coalition. "There are negotiations planned for very soon between the [Free Syrian Army's] SMC and the Islamic Front to determine what the relationship will be," said the source. America's role in coordinating the talks remains unclear.
As Jeffrey Kuhner wrote in his informative piece back on March 1, 2012, radical Islam is on the march. It is being aided and abetted by the Obama administration. It's a point of fact that the president has supported every major uprising in the Muslim world - except Iran's - the only one that truly sought to establish a pro-American, secular democracy.
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