Obama to authorize aid to Syrian Rebels:
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStor ... s-19395758
The Obama administration could give the rebels a range of weapons, including small arms, assault rifles, shoulder-fired rocket-propelled grenades and other anti-tank missiles. The opposition forces could operate most of that equipment without significant training.
So Russia is sending the Syrian government missiles and we are sending the rebels whatever we are sending them. Fun.
I'm also not sure about the claim Syrian government used a chemical weapon.http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/14/18955554-us-military-officials-say-help-for-syria-likely-to-escalate-gradually
Earlier Friday, Syria said that the United States was lying about the regime's use of chemical weapons, while Russia called the claims unconvincing — a dramatic turn in the two-year conflict.
"The United States, in resorting to a shameful use of pretexts in order to allow President Obama's decision to arm the Syrian opposition, shows that it has flagrant double standards in the way it deals with terrorism," Syria's foreign ministry said.
Syria has maintained that "terrorists" are using the chemical weapons.
Russia, which has opposed sanctions and vetoed U.N. Security Council resolutions to put pressure on Assad, reacted with skepticism to the White House's announcement.
President Vladimir Putin's senior foreign policy adviser said Friday that the information the U.S. has "does not look convincing."