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To win dirty war in Syria, Obama admin ignores Al Qaeda chemical weapons program

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Al Qaeda has a chemical weapons program, revealed in a United States Attorney's case, reported on CBS (see video).  This has real implications for the Obama administration's Syria policy of supporting rebels that include Al Qaeda groups.  It also raises questions as to who perpetrated the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on August 21.

In their rush to war, the Obama administration downplayed the importance and the numbers of Al Qaeda fighters involved in the attack on Syria. Kerry told Congress that Al Qaeda constitutes just 15% to 25% of the rebels attacking the Syrian government. That's at odds with many  observers of the war who maintain Al Qaeda is the best performing fighting force among the rebels.  The dominance of Al Qaeda was demonstrated this week when the Al Nusra faction in Syria attacked and expelled the "good rebels" in the Turkish border town of Azaz.

The Obama administration just can't admit that its strategy in Syria is a complete disaster.  As a result, facts like these go largely unmentioned:

  • Al Qaeda has a chemical weapons program
  • Turkish prosecutors charged Syrian Al Qaeda group, Al Nusra, with attempting the purchase of chemicals to make sarin gas.
  • Sarin gas was one of the chemical weapons the United Nations report said was used in the August 21 attack. 

Somebody needs to tell President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry that winning isn't everything.  They've lost their bid to have Obama use Zeus-like power to rain down destruction on the Syrian government and people.   They were saved from a certain defeat in Congress on their attack Syria authorization bill.  Vladamir Putin stepped in just before the Senate vote and saved Obama's presidency by coming up with the disarmament option.  Yet, with all of this, the administration continues to peddle an incomplete story on what is really happening on Syria.

This prevents the public from knowing the risks of continued arming of the rebel faction.

How hard will it be for Al Qaeda to get the weapons the United States is providing the "good" rebels when Al Qaeda violently evicts the "good" rebels from a key border city?

What will happen if the administration provided US weapons give Al Qaeda enough of an edge to capture some of the chemical weapons sites that the Syrian government is going to hand over to Russia under the UN agreement?

What dangers to the United States are posed by a chemically armed Al Qaeda

These are questions that require answers right now.

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Another A+ essay Mr. Collins. I am making a post o... by Elizabeth Hanson on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 11:47:35 AM
Thanks Elizabeth.  It would be amazing to see... by Michael Collins on Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 2:08:07 PM
I just emailed the following letter to the editor ... by Geoffrey Young on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 11:48:00 AM
Great letter Geoffrey.  It's time for truth o... by Michael Collins on Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 2:09:05 PM
Oooh, it looks like someone's got some explaining ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 12:07:40 PM
Yeah, nothing new here Mark. Just the bumbling att... by comncents on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 3:10:37 PM
Great links!  Yeah, right, they can't shut do... by Michael Collins on Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 2:10:27 PM
Oh they've got it alright! The truth is that the s... by Archie on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 12:33:30 PM
They couldn't get the old Libya "no-fly" zone so t... by Michael Collins on Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 2:14:12 PM
Robert, you were and are right (for $800 lol).&nbs... by Michael Collins on Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 3:49:07 AM
What is your evidence that al Qaeda dominates the ... by Jim Arnold on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 1:46:49 PM
Hi Jim! There are links to follow in this essay. W... by Elizabeth Hanson on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 8:48:22 PM
Jane's ... a very respected defense publication, h... by Samson on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 11:40:01 PM
Sorry for the delay Jim.  The 3D world intrud... by Michael Collins on Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 2:17:13 PM
Unfortunately not enough voters have got the wake ... by Gail Harrison on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 1:47:16 PM
There's a western origin, US-Israeli led Middle-ea... by Douglas Jack on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 4:11:07 PM
To the rattling bonesman Kerry.alQaeda fight as me... by remo on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 4:51:21 PM
This is a "war" which we cannot win.  It has ... by Clayton Berling on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 11:22:59 PM
Good point about the Russians.  Diplomacy has... by Michael Collins on Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 4:56:42 PM
Please explain why the US and Israel would prefer ... by Jim Arnold on Sunday, Sep 22, 2013 at 10:33:37 AM
Jim, "Why . . . US and Israel would prefer?" ... by Douglas Jack on Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 12:37:37 PM
Israel's strategy os "Balkinization" of the Middle... by Michael Collins on Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 2:20:01 PM
That doesn't explain Turkey, which is the main con... by Jim Arnold on Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 5:23:42 PM
The Turks started taking the Kurds seriously when ... by Michael Collins on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 2:21:04 AM
Michael C. What I find alarming is that: Finance-M... by Douglas Jack on Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 9:44:39 AM
OOPSS.  This "into Nuclear War over Syria/Ira... by Douglas Jack on Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 12:45:32 PM
Well said - "deeply negative misunderstanding abou... by Michael Collins on Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 3:53:57 AM
I'd like to extend a sincere thank you to the OpEd... by Michael Collins on Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 3:55:46 AM