Arutz Sheva – Feb. 22, 2013 – Against the backdrop of rebel forces firing on the palace of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, visiting United States Senator Marco Rubio told an Israeli news conference, Thursday, that the leadership that succeeds Al-Assad must be assisted to “become the best-organized, the best-funded, the best-armed, the best equipped and the most capable post-Assad force on the ground in Syria.”
The Florida Republican also said the U.S. must continue to identify “actors that will be responsible, not just in this conflict but in the aftermath of this conflict”.
The Folly of Supporting the Syrian Rebels
Frontpage Mag – Feb. 20, 2013 – Recently, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) co-sponsored a non-binding Senate resolution with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) that called for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria and for the US to back the Syrian opposition by “urg[ing]the President to support an effective transition to democracy in Syria by identifying and providing substantial material and technical support, upon request, to Syrian organizations.” Like other resolutions introduced in Congress over the past year, this one falls short of calling for arming the Syrian rebels. However, even limited and targeted support for the opposition is a very bad idea at this juncture. For a wide variety of reasons, supporting the opposition is sure to be a crap shoot — with a good chance the US and the West would roll snake eyes.
The Rubio resolution was also co-sponsored by several other Democrats, including Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), one of the most liberal members of the Senate, along with Johnny Isakson (R-GA), one of the body’s most conservative senators. The strange legislative bedfellows underscores the belief in Congress that President Obama simply isn’t doing enough to assist the opposition in Syria and staunch the flow of blood from civilians who are agitating for Assad’s ouster. The resolution also condemns Russia and Iran for their support of Assad’s crackdown, and calls upon the State Department to find ways to “encourage defections” from the Syrian military. [read more…]