The administration has decided to arm the Syrian rebels after concluding that chemical weapons were used by the regime - the timing, if nothing else is interesting.
The implications of how this plays out will have huge implications for US policy. The decision and rationale comes as the rebels have been losing ground following the assistance to the regime by Iran and Hezbollah. In our decision to arm the rebels, we are now de facto on their side and will be given a win or loss following the outcome. The decision can't simply to be to arm the rebels it has to be to win the conflict. Anything else will be a policy failure.
From where do you get this stuff?
Moreover, isn't the arming of rebels an enterprise you tend to do from time to time, as the mood/circumstance suits you, where (important bit here) Mr. Obama is not your first President to do so, nor will he be your last.
As it appears Mr. Obama is your present most-despised President, whom, for entertainment value, is your most-beloved President? After making your selection, research how many and which freedom fighters, rebels, terrorists, and/or liberals (the terms, as well as the actors, are synonymous) did your most favorite President sponsor?
"The decision can't simply to be to arm the rebels it has to be to win the conflict. Anything else will be a policy failure."
You mean it'll turn out just like Iraq, unless the Syrian rebels believe in democracy and a secular government, which I doubt they do.
Your government backs, supports, sponsors other from whom they are antagonistic, and tends to pay very little attention to who they are, their beliefs, values, etc.
This approach also tends to back-fire upon the U.S., which is why the U.S. is so much fun to watch.
As for democracy and secular government, how naive and close minded of you to suggest either or both are the better solution or worthwhile.
"At least this is a humanitarian effort to help the rebels, not a big lie" REALLY
Are you really that naive Keep? The big difference between what is going on in Syria and what happened in Iraq, is that Syria is becoming a proxie war with Iran, Russia and Hezbollah supporting Syria and the US now providing lethel force to the rebels. Do you think that the Syrian supporters are going to do nothing in response to our decision? Not only will they provide more weapons and fighters but look for them to expand the conflict outside of Syria if that helps their cause. Neither side will want to be viewed as the loser in this and thats how escalation starts.
You show your true colors and bias with such a one sided assesment.