Welcome To Obama’s Syrian Twilight Zone: Gun Control To Prevent Terror Versus Arming Terrorists To Prevent Chemical Weapons

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The Administration of Barack Obama is so dedicated to the idea of getting involved in Syria’s civil war, despite domestic and international objection to the U.S. meddling in the conflict, that it is willing not only to waive provisions of Federal law prohibiting the arming of terrorists but also to put its hypocrisy on full display.

Even as Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are working on a deal to force Syrian President Bashar Assad to surrender his chemical weapons stockpiles to the international community in return for the assurance that the U.S. will not strike the Syrian government, the Federal government has made moves to ensure its ability to ship supplies to rebels in the Mideast nation.

The President announced earlier in the week that he would “waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A” of the Arms Export Control Act in order to provide assistance to Syrian rebels.

Those sections, which the President can waive if he “determines that the transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States,” prohibit sending weaponry to countries:

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“For purposes of this subsection, such acts shall include all activities that the Secretary determines willfully aid or abet the international proliferation of nuclear explosive devices to individuals or groups or willfully aid or abet an individual or groups in acquiring unsafeguarded special nuclear material,” reads subsection 40(d).

The Obama Administration contends that the provision was waived in order to provide “chemical weapons-related assistance” to “select vetted members” of the Syrian opposition forces.

“This action will allow the U.S. Government to provide . . . where appropriate, certain non-lethal assistance inside or related to Syria,” related to surviving chemical weapons attacks, according to National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.

“This action is part of longstanding and ongoing efforts to provide life-saving chemical weapons-related assistance to people in need in Syria,” Hayden also said.

While the Administration claims that the action will apply only to chemical weapons survival equipment, the sections waived by the President could also apply to lethal munitions.

And some reports indicate U.S. munitions may have already begun making their way into rebel hands.

Via Reuters last week:

The United States is providing lethal assistance “because they are sure that the mechanisms that the SMC has established are well tested and they will be sure that the weapons are not falling into the wrong hands,” [a spokesman for the Syrian Coalition of groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad] said.

He apparently referred to Washington’s concerns that U.S. arms could end up benefiting radical Islamist groups, such as the al Nusra Front, active in northern Syria.

[The] comments at a Washington news conference may be the first public indication that U.S.-provided military goods such as arms or ammunition are actually moving to anti-Assad forces.

One U.S. government source said it was “unlikely” that any U.S.-supplied arms were on the ground in the hands of Syrian rebels at this time, while not dismissing the possibility that such aid was in the works.

Under section 40(g) of the AECA, Obama must provide Congress 15 days’ notice before handing supplies over to the rebels along with “the name of any country involved in the proposed transaction, the identity of any recipient of the items to be provided pursuant to the proposed transaction, and the anticipated use of the items.”

If the Obama Administration has already begun — or if it plans — to provide munitions to Syrian rebels, it is willing to arm terrorists. There are reports that indicate “half the rebels fighting to topple the Iranian-backed Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad are either diehard al-Qaida jihadists or hardline Islamists.” There are reports of horrible atrocities being carried out by the Syrian rebel groups with no regard to the Geneva Conventions. And there is evidence that people with different ideological leanings than the majority of the rebel faction are doomed to suffer if the opposition is victorious.

Obama has based his steadfast support of the Syrian rebels on reports that Assad has resorted to using chemical weapons to quell the uprising. According to The New York Times on Monday, a “United Nations report … confirmed that a deadly chemical arms attack caused a mass killing in Syria last month and for the first time provided extensive forensic details of the weapons used, which strongly implicated the Syrian government.”

But there is still some international skepticism, mainly from Russia, that the world can be 100 percent sure the Syrian government was responsible for the attacks.

“We want the events of the 21st of August to be impartially, objectively, professionally investigated,” Lavrov said Tuesday, noting that the Syrian regime’s claim that rebels launched the poison gas attack should not be dismissed.

The Obama Administration’s silence with regard to possible atrocities carried out at the hands of Syrian rebels and the lack of explanation about how the U.S. leadership plans to address the heavy extremist influence over the group it could possibly end up arming should be alarming to any observer. It should also highlight a bit of hypocrisy on the part of the Obama Administration.

For months, the President and top Administration officials have been pushing the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty on the American people, much to the annoyance of 2nd Amendment supporters who see the treaty as a possible way to abrogate certain American gun rights.

In June, Secretary of State John Kerry said: “The Treaty is an important contribution to efforts to stem the illicit trade in conventional weapons, which fuels conflict, empowers violent extremists, and contributes to violations of human rights. The Treaty will require the parties to implement strict controls, of the kind the United States already has in place, on the international transfer of conventional arms to prevent their diversion and misuse and create greater international cooperation against black market arms merchants. The ATT will not undermine the legitimate international trade in conventional weapons, interfere with national sovereignty, or infringe on the rights of American citizens, including our Second Amendment rights.

“We look forward to signing it as soon as the process of conforming the official translations is completed satisfactorily,” Kerry’s statement continued.

Taken together, all this information leaves the average American with quite a head scratcher: If conservatives hadn’t been going to great pains in recent months to encourage lawmakers to stop the United States from signing the treaty out of fear for the 2nd Amendment, would that very treaty hamstring the Nobel Peace Prize-winning President who advocated its signing from putting weapons directly into the hands of people who will use them to fuel conflict, empower violent extremists and contribute to violations of human rights?

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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • peter

    We need to seriously reflect on this fact! Without the Arms and Munitions Industry the USA is bereft of any meaningful growth in their GDP. The supply of arms and lethal ammunition is absolutely essential to the American economy, bandages and gas masks excluded. Seriously, what is the difference if one is shot by a rifle bullet or sprayed with a substance – one is still dead! The need is to sell major weaponry such as missiles, planes, cluster bombs and so on and on. There are willing buyers and willing sellers so the problem is not going away any time soon. Hopefully we will be able to have and use sufficient of these weapons to eventually wipe out everyone. Hallelujah! The agendas of the worlds dictators has NOTHING to do with humanity and everything to do with power, control and greed and all our leaders are members of the same club, but alas they too are doomed to perish and disappear without trace, their infamy and notoriety included. There will be none to grieve, none to remember. Nothing at all, but a Planet beginning anew without our destructive influence and sheer stupidity. The Planet is and we are not.

    • dan

      Pete, consider Albert Nobel , the SWISS inventer of dynamite
      or the Germain origins of chemicals and armaments
      (Farben, Krupp,Haber-Bosch) and you se that it’s not so much what’s invented as how it is developed and used ie someones agenda,,,,
      but I suggest that it is a spiritual influance .
      While it is true that we’re al going to die, the object is to be an example and to let them live long enough to learn the lessons necessary for harmonious existance in the universe.

      • peter

        Quite true Dan. Thanks and be blessed.

  • Huey Dude

    OK… Two things. 1. What type of weaponry are we supplying our Al Qaida “friends” with? American small-arms such as the M-4, or AK-47s/AK-74s? If Kalashnikovs, then where are they coming from? And 2. HYPOCRITE!!!! The enemy of my enemy, even though they are my enemy, too, is my friend? Don’t worry about the fact that Al Qaida has been responsible for thousands of Americans perishing, both here and abroad, let’s arm them so they can get rid of Assad (even though we have 0 interests in Syria). We can worry about them later after he’s gone.

    • jaybird

      All these countries are interested in the oil rich countries and the bigger ones want to control it. That is why the Saudi’s are willing to pay for our military to get rid of Assad, they want to control the pipeline and extend it to Turkey. I just read a 1979 newspaper article stating that the Saudi’s paid for Obummer’s college education and help seal the records (where did Obummer get the money to do that, now we know). He owes the Muslims. Valerie Jarrett was born in Iran, other of his appointees are Muslims. When George H.W. Bush was Pres. it was decided by the military industrial complex that about 7 of these countries should be invaded and turned into democracies . We did not get the oil we wanted from Iraq, it went to Russia. We need to clean house.

  • FreedomFighter

    America is being controlled by “usurpers” we must take our country back from these progressive communist/fascist’s.
    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • brownstoneconstr

    sounds like impeachment time . but who has the BALLS to start the process. that’s the big question

    • jaybird

      No impeachment! He can be pardoned by Biden. Arming the enemy is “Treason” and imprisonment, we need to be able to reverse all of his appointees, Exec. Orders and whatever else he has down that is bad for our country. Check the status of Muslims at the Mosque’s and send them back if their papers are not in order. If they are citizens of the U.S. they have to abide by our Constitution, Bill of Rights and Laws, no Sharia laws or any Foreign laws, same goes for any foreigners in our country. Nothing can supercede our Constitution. We need to clean up our country and that goes for the politicians that do no follow our Constitution.

    • Freespirit

      It requires people with CONNECTIONS ,POWER, KNOWLEDGE and WEALTH but UNFORTUNATELY those types are all WITH the PSYCHOPATHS

  • Warrior

    Syria is in shambles because Syrians are not paying their “fair share”. It can’t be their “leader’s” fault. Leaders are infallible! America has learned that “lesson”. Why can’t the Syrians just learn from our example?

    • willy

      Because the Syrians just leave their country they do not wish to fight for it their is no love for their country so in my mind they get what they ask for

  • dan

    One would have thought that they would have had an adequate supply havingbeen a Soviet satellite for so many years….
    I guess the commies were stingey with the AK mags and amo.

  • REYKOOL

    This article is right on target,the rebels supported by the “West” (US / UK their NATO poodles & Israel) did use the poison Gas, but the most important
    reason why the Obama administration is pushing for more war in Syria is not mentioned here…AIPAC the American Israeli lobby which is really in control of our Middle Eastern (war) policies, Obama like every other US Presidents before him is following the Zionist agenda, to weaken divide & destroy as many Muslim countries which could challenge Israel Military superiority in the region when we will attack their MAIN TARGET : IRAN so the Obama haters out there should realize that he is just another AIPAC puppet, AIPAC also is lobbying to remove as many weapons as possible from the hands of American Citizens, see the Senators who are screaming the loudest in term of “arm control” Feinstein, Chuck Shumer etc ALL AIPAC stooges who are more concern with “Crowd Control” and “National Security” than freedom of US citizens.
    Those who give up liberty for security deserve neither said Ben Franklin, it still apply today….We have an elephant in our living room: the Israeli lobby representing the American Jewish interest which is1% of our population contributing to 80% of political campaign contribution & you are Still wondering WHY we are in a “PERMANENT WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST ECONOMY ?
    AIPAC is in violation of FARA ( Foreign Agent Registration Act) but was never charged… organizations lobbying for a foreign country can do so but must registered under FARA which prevent them to give political contribution therefore BUYING Congress to manipulate policies which is EXACTLY WHAT AIPAC IS DOING, so before blaming this war mongering on Obama while Senator John Mc Cain an AIPAC puppet and Christian Zionist (his father was in charge of the USS liberty cover up) went in person to Syria making deal with the Syrian rebels , just look at AIPAC policies and you ‘ll find out OBAMA’s policies.
    NEXT TIME YOU WANT TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AND TRY TO EXPOSE AIPAC, YOU WILL BE DEAD ON ARRIVAL, DESTROYED BY US MAINSTREAM PRESS ….Still wondering WHY ? See what happened to Ron Paul who wanted to cut ALL foreign including to ISRAEL ….

    • jaybird

      Obummer is a puppet of the Saudi’s, they want to pay our Military to overthrow Assad so they can control the oil/gas pipeline and extend it to Turkey. I just read a 1979 newspaper article published in Fl. that stated the Saudi’s paid for his college education and help seal his records. Most of his appointees are Muslim, Valerie Jarrett was born in Iran and it is said “she has more security than the Pres. H owes the Muslims. In approx. 30 yrs. the Muslims will out number the American people and will have installed a lot of their laws. It was decided in George H.W. Bush admin. by the military industrialized complex that approx. 7 countries should be taken over. It is all about the “oil”. We were hoping to get the oil from Iraq but Russia got it instead.

      This POTUS is supplying arms to the enemy and that is “treason”, he and others should be arrested and thrown in jail so that all things can be reversed.

    • Robert Messmer

      Why would Israel want Obama to bomb Assad and thereby allow the radical Muslim terrorists to win the civil war? Since they border Syria it would make more sense to destroy the terrorists, not Assad. The Syrian government is no good guy but at least most of the time it acts like a real country–unlike the terrorists who eat their opponents hearts, etc.

  • http://batman-news.com Jim B

    Ironic, isn’t it; I guess that’s why God gave us to sides of the mouth, uh!

  • Fred

    F#@king for virginity comes to mind……

  • Deerinwater

    Well editorial like Sam has presented here, ~ need to keep coming.

    Thank Sam and Mr. Livingston so very much for standing with me on this issue.

  • Vash the Stampede

    Now they can support their terrorist buddies out in the open. Instead of on the sly.