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June 13, 2013 - 2:38 pm
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On the call with reporters, Rhodes said the administration has “already taken action increased support and types of support” to the Syrian political and military opposition.

“We’re looking at a wide range of types of support we provide,” he said. “I’m not going to be able to detail every type of support we’re providing.”

When asked why the White House seemed to lack urgency on the issue, Rhodes said “there is an urgency to the situation — there has been an urgency to the situation for two years.”

The United Nations reported today that the death toll in Syria is over 92,000.

Rhodes said Assad ally Russia had been “briefed” on the findings, and said the White House would continue to consult with the Kremlin, including at the upcoming G8 summit.

“The use of chemical weapons violates international norms and crosses clear red lines that have existed within the international community for decades. We believe that the Assad regime maintains control of these weapons,” Rhodes said. “We have no reliable, corroborated reporting to indicate that the opposition in Syria has acquired or used chemical weapons.”

“The United States and the international community have a number of other legal, financial, diplomatic, and military responses available.  We are prepared for all contingencies, and we will make decisions on our own timeline.  Any future action we take will be consistent with our national interest, and must advance our objectives, which include achieving a negotiated political settlement to establish an authority that can provide basic stability and administer state institutions; protecting the rights of all Syrians; securing unconventional and advanced conventional weapons; and countering terrorist activity.”

The White House announcement comes as Syrian government forces are believed to be preparing for a major assault on the city of Aleppo.

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Let me guess: Turkey/U.S. set up no-fly over Aleppo/Benghazi, Syrian rebels gain breathing space, advance onto Damascus/Tripoli, Assad/Khadaffi falls, American diplomats get murdered and this is covered up prior to election and Egyptian terrorists blow up Hoover Dam cuz it's easier for them to get to than Ethiopian dam and Las Vegas becomes big lake, the only positive thing, then China attacks all of Indonesia and Philippines during Hillary Clinton inauguration speech about dangerous white militias and post-colonialist privileged cisgendered mens, stock market falls, slavery rules world, Iron Man 5 released.
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Arming the Sunni rebels, no fly zone from Jordon to Syria, wagging the dog, face off with Russia. It's got it all.

Scandal? What scandal?

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[sarc on]This is truly great news considering Syrian rebels are linked with al Queada[sarc off].

This administration just keeps dumbing itself down. Exactly why are we trying to help "al Queada" when they are sworn enemies of this country and all of it's citizens? Riddle me that, o great divider.
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Two thoughts...

First, would this the be the same "intelligence community" that told President Bush that Iraq had WMD's? You know, the WMS's that the Bamster and his fellow democrats spent years ridiculing the thought of and asserting that Bush lied about?

Second, precisely WHY would we go into Syria?

None of the factions in Syria are attacking us.

We have no vital national interests in Syria - or at least none that have been clarified to the nation.

Syria actually assisted Al Quaeda in Iraq to smuggle weapons into the Iraq, weapons that were then used to kill American soldiers during the American occupation of Iraq.

Syria has a long history of opposing US and western interests.

Syria has repeatedly sought to attack Israel - a verifiable US ally in the region - for decades via either direct force as in the various Arab-Israeli Wars or via indirect force in using terrorist organizations such as the PLO.

Why in He!! would we give a rat's a$$ about what happens in Syria to Syrians now?!?

I say lock the borders down so none of them can get out and let 'em roast on their own spit.
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“we believe Bashar Assad can be a part of the future of Syria” — hoping for a negotiated political settlement despite his use of sarin on his people."

That's a far as I read ... same ol' redundant double-minded rhetoric. Assad has overseen the deaths of over 70,000 people that are mostly his own people and has allied himself with Iran and Russia in doing so. Assad should be the prime target.
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Once again our wussy-in-chief has let his alligator mouth overload his hummingbird-ass. I'm sure he regrets his line-in-the-sand comment. He's backed himself into a corner and has to do something about a situation nobody seems to know what to do and are not willing to do anything about.

What could go wrong with a lawyer practicing calculus?
1 year ago
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Okay now...a "line" has been crossed...but the question becomes: who set the train wreck in motion? If one understands the regional dynamics, plus what the Islamist-in-Chief has wrought, then it becomes much clearer, regardless of his "line".
In other words, the Pyromaniac-in-Chief may yet become the firefighter - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/10/cias-muslim-convert-brennan-his-spooky-skeletons-creep-to-the-fore-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

The region, my border, will be even hotter - if you dare imagine - in a few short weeks! Holy smokes....

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
1 year ago
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I'm rooting for Assad. There are enough Sunni jihadists in power, though never enough for Barack. At least Assad allows the Christians and other minorities a semblance of freedom.
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If it was just our jug-eared president night-dropping into Syria, I would say: Go! go! go! -- and don't forget your registered assault rifle. But it's not. This is about widening the mission of our troops in the Middle East (and Eastwards of that). And I say: under this president? This president that commands a Marine Color Guard to hold his umbrella? No no. Bad idea. Hasn't Obama already bowed to Assad in a formal setting? Or am I thinking of some other tinhorn dictator? Anyway, Hell No! We needed a war-time president. What we got was four more years of the weakest commander-in-chief that since James Buchanan.
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---- When asked why the White House seemed to lack urgency on the issue, Rhodes said “there is an urgency to the situation — there has been an urgency to the situation for two years.”

Does this apparatchik not understand what an "urgent situation" is? TWO years? And this is supposed to shine well on Obama?
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Syria's government's citizens? Assad is part of a minority that rules by force all others inside Syria. It is tribal warfare, not a government attacking it's own citizens.

That is why women, and children are murdered. They are not part of the home team, and by murdering children, one tribe tells the other there is know one to avenge your death.

All you nice folks can see the same example in the latest Boston Bombing by the followers of Muhammad. Where did they set the bomb? Close to the small Anglo boy?
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---- "Two days after former President Bill Clinton warned President Obama that he’d look like a “total wuss” if he based his foreign policy decisions on polls ..."

Isn't that what Willie Clinton did time and time again??? It's funny, these two hate each other's guts, and yet they need each other. And The Media demurs softly and sends correspondents in to sway ostrich-feather fans at them.
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