Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian rebels

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Inertia wrote:

At what point does reporting the news, based on “insider sources”, begin to undermine the security or cohesive front of the USA? Because according to the headline, all of this information is to be kept secret for a reason.

Maybe it’s me.

Aug 01, 2012 6:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PYoung wrote:

Shhhhh! It’s SECRET, no one is supposed to know! Oh well!

Can’t wait to see the GOP and Romney campaign spin this one into arming al-Qaida when just a few weeks ago they were chastising Obama for not supporting the rebels.

Aug 01, 2012 6:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
youngliz wrote:

Obama’s Illegal War. Congress didn’t approve this.

Aug 01, 2012 6:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
owl905 wrote:

Is this once scoop or two? Or none?

The rebel communication system has improved tremendously over the last months, but the audit trail says it’s more about walkie-talkies and training (Qatar and Saudi go here) than sky-spy (USA goes here).

And $25million? Saudi had a Syrian charity drive over the weekend and raised $80million. The SNC is talking about $150million A Month to properly fund the Assadists overthrow. $25mil may not be enough to get a seat at the table when it’s calm-down time.

The USA stayed way back on this one, and was so low-key over Libya the CnC had to be rented from NATO.

American focus is on internal problems and issues. There’s a noticeable decrease in US presence and influence around the world.

Aug 01, 2012 6:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dirtdauber wrote:

Gee, I guess it’s not a secret anymore. Wonder who leaked this news? Bet ovomit can’t wait for the muslim brotherhood to become entrenched. Someone told me he gave $1.5 billion to the new president of Egypt, one of his muslim brotherhood cronies. This is your money being given to radicals as well as mine. Enough is enough.

Aug 01, 2012 6:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

Isn’t this the same administration under investigation for compromising classified information for campaign publicity? Yes, thought so. What does blatant mean?

Aug 01, 2012 6:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Chuck890 wrote:

Is this another leak from the White House?

Aug 01, 2012 6:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheTom wrote:

So much for secret!

Aug 01, 2012 6:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CarterMiles wrote:

It seems to me like the bigger news here is the fact that Obama’s war on Islamic nations has been exposed as encompassing yet another country. It has been proven that no Arab nation was responsible for 9/11, yet somehow this was a spark for us to invade the entire Middle East. In every Arab country the US has gone into, civilians have been terrorized en masse. We already have air and ground control in Iraq and Afghanistan, so why do we keep upping the military budget? We are deep in debt and there will be a price to pay in the form of a depression. This war only helps the war profiteers, and not anybody else. Look at how the economy has turned since the war has left us $16,000,000,000 in debt.

Aug 01, 2012 6:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
skifiSSS555 wrote:

“Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian rebels”

Oh yeah, real secret alright…

Aug 01, 2012 6:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sue01 wrote:

This is news? Or, did Reuters just decide to let the people know what has been behind the scenes for the past year….the CIA has been heavily involved in supporting the rebels and where do you all think all of the “military” equipment came from….what a joke. So, now we are involved in another “war”…how dandy!!

Aug 01, 2012 6:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sue01 wrote:

This is news? Or, did Reuters just decide to let the people know what has been behind the scenes for the past year….the CIA has been heavily involved in supporting the rebels and where do you all think all of the “military” equipment came from….what a joke. So, now we are involved in another “war”…how dandy!!

Aug 01, 2012 6:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Brazilian1 wrote:

Hey, Fromkin! So you were right all the while? Congratulations!

Aug 01, 2012 6:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nyokie wrote:

Secret support??????? Looks like another leak from the we didn’t do that, Obama the clown white house!

Aug 01, 2012 6:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Wlf wrote:

SECRET! This is how we’ll help the Syrian rebels, by the Royal Obama trumpeting support so he can get votes??

Covert Ops and helping our friends abroad should be a serious undertaking not a headline opportunity like Obama’s previous bragging which endangered US assets.

Obama should stop campaigning and actually pay attention to what the people actually want.

History will see him as a failure, had four years to accomplish something and all we got was the right to buy expensive health insurance, and get massive taxeation to pay for the poor’s care.

Aug 01, 2012 6:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rima68 wrote:

This is considered “secret”? Ridiculous, I just now read it online!!!!!

Aug 01, 2012 6:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ConSciences wrote:

I don’t think Reuters understands the meaning of the word “secret”

Aug 01, 2012 6:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
HHM wrote:

It would be fantastic if the clowns in both the media as the Government could keep their mouths shut about matters of National Security.

Aug 01, 2012 6:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ConSciences wrote:

“Someone told me he gave $1.5 billion to the new president of Egypt”

Wow, hard to dispute such a valid and verified source as that!

LOL. Welcome to ‘Merica 2012, where ignorance is a virtue.

Aug 01, 2012 6:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
anneshelby wrote:

With Romney’s big mouth it won’t be a secret for long.

Aug 01, 2012 6:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
FacePalmX2 wrote:

Hahah, Should read “Obama signed a not so secret order”

What a joke.

Aug 01, 2012 6:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
imacracker wrote:

Who said so? Harry Reid?

Aug 01, 2012 6:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sbul wrote:

“Secret?” If he did this the news media that is reporting this information is irresponsible as the “leaker” who is saying he did it is violating US laws (it is a crime to divulge secret information when you work for the US) and the media speeding this gossip is not delivering news – just gossip.

I find the media culpable for the distrust in the US as well as the political parties that purposefully “leak” confidential and now “secret” information to manipulate public opinion and the media that spreeds the gossip just a tool of this manipulation.

Aug 01, 2012 7:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DawnBerkley wrote:

Is it still a secret?

Aug 01, 2012 7:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
toom wrote:

wow I knew this for months

Aug 01, 2012 7:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sweetntender wrote:

Wow… so being the great American that you are, you thought that it would be a good idea t let the world in on their little secret? Your lucky this isn’t the Bush administration… you’d be in jail… or they would ruin your life… or out your wife.

Aug 01, 2012 7:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MuskratLove wrote:

All year long McCain and Romney have been criticizing Obama for not doing enough in Syria. “SHAMEFUL” they call it. Of course they knww he was helping the rebels all along but couldn’t talk about it. We all knew that. So of course when the “news” leaks that he’s been helping out, what do we get from the GOP? (1) He’s leaking information for political gain! (In other words, he should have kept quiet so we could keep bashing him.) (2) He’s not doing enough! (In other words, whatever he’s doing we won’t be satisfied until we’ve got US Troops on the ground!)

Aug 01, 2012 7:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Curmudgeon43 wrote:

Some secret order that is if it is plastered here on The Telegraph.

Aug 01, 2012 7:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KDK1 wrote:

Hey inertia? Are you actually expressing concern about organizations that appear to have thwarted your government’s ability to keep on lying to you about the fact that they really ARE violating international law by providing material support to the overthrow of a sovereign nation by force without UN resolution as well as violation of the War Powers Act and subordination of the Constitution to the UN YET AGAIN?

Because that what it sounds like.

Maybe it’s just me.

Aug 01, 2012 7:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

If it’s a secret order, how do they know? Some “anonymous” source? We’re supposed to buy that? Dont trust the media when they wont use sources on the record.

Aug 01, 2012 7:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
iceman3232 wrote:

LOL, ya its a secret with this administration, leaks all over the place. A few observations, Obama has been president for over 3.5 years the 2 “Bush” wars are now “obama” wars since he did not end them and the Nobel Peace prize winner, not only kept us in 2 wars, started a 3rd with Lybia and no congressional approval, and now a 4th with the Syrian gov. Where is the outcry from the left? Every night we heard about the afghan, iraq war, gitmo, unemployment, economy when Bush was in office, now we in 4 wars instead of 2, gitmo still open, 2x the unemployment, and the economy is far worse. Again I ask where is the left?

Aug 01, 2012 7:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jjamerb wrote:

So now we support Al Qaeda? Were they not the ones we were just at war with? They are our allies now? They are in Syria fighting the government aslo.

Aug 01, 2012 7:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
roughman wrote:

Um… This is a “Secret?”

No, it’s about the most stupid thing I have seen…

Aug 01, 2012 7:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
FTCAIN wrote:

Obama and his administration could not keep a “secret” if our lives depended upon it.

Aug 01, 2012 7:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jakesterman wrote:

Another leak by political hack and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. Obama has no shame. Obama has no respect for the USA.

Aug 01, 2012 7:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Syria just bomb the damn Turkish base!!!!

It is against international law, and in extreme violation of international norms… bomb the crap out of it!!!

Seriously…. a foreign funded terrorist base right on your border and you just let it be?!!!

Aug 01, 2012 7:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Gandalff69 wrote:

Sheesh.. Glad that Secret information didn’t get out to our enemies. People might think US President was single handed supporting Arab Spring through the State Department & the CIA.

Aug 01, 2012 7:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Reuters, isn’t the leaking of secrets like this what Julian Assange is being hunted for?

Or do you have a ‘secret’ US state media arrangement with the pentagon?

Aug 01, 2012 7:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SalomonWisdom wrote:

I must have failed in my college education. I through “Secret” meant I would not know about it. Also, “affordable” would mean my medical insurance and co-pays would NOT go UP!

Can’t we just let them sort out their own crap and actually address the growing pile of poo we have here at home?

Aug 01, 2012 7:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TinyLites wrote:

Turkey’s moderate Islamist government. Gezzz I’m not sure thats true is it? I thought it was secular

Aug 01, 2012 7:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
__SILENCER wrote:

President Peace Price drops some loving bombs on Syrians. You know that the Pentagon funds Al Qeada, who are, in effect, the Syrian “rebels”?”

Aug 01, 2012 7:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

This president of ours is playing with fire. The sad part is that we are the ones that will get burned. When he gets thrown out in November, I just wonder what damage he will do in the following 2 months that we will pay for dearly.

Aug 01, 2012 7:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
__SILENCER wrote:

You’re supposed to quake in fear over Al Qeada hiding under the bed and submit to being groped in the airport like a slave, but the Pentagon can fund that very organization to kill the President of Libya in the streets like a dog and overrun Syria. They WANT catastrophic war. They WANT the US citizens to live in a police state.

Aug 01, 2012 7:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Georgefresh wrote:

Nice, we went from fighting Al Quaeda and the Muslim brother hood, to helping them. This isn’t going to end well for us or Israel.

Aug 01, 2012 7:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Chazz wrote:

Good thing no one else knows this!

Aug 01, 2012 7:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Finally, what took OBum so long. That pencil neck geek AL Assad needs to have his neck stretched at the end of a noose a couple of more inches. How can anyone love power and position so much to the point where you kill thousands of people for it. Him and all his spores and cronies should be summarily dealt with Khadaffi style.

Aug 01, 2012 7:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
evolume wrote:

Way to keep a secret, Reuters.

Aug 01, 2012 7:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Nomee wrote:

So by “SECRET” they mean Obama had one of his aids leak the story immediately.

Aug 01, 2012 7:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZ1811 wrote:

The White House is leaking worse than the Titanic – and we all know what happened there. This country is sinking and no one in the world is going to trust us with any information soon.

The press disclaimer that their source was not identified because “he/she was not authorized to release the information” should mean that the information should not be published. Anyone leaking information is a traitor in my eyes.

Aug 01, 2012 7:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DaveJ1948 wrote:

Well, it isn’t a secret anymore thanks to the media.
When will they ever learn?

Aug 01, 2012 7:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LeftyJax wrote:

And which White House staffer leaked this one?

Aug 01, 2012 7:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LeftyJax wrote:

And which White House staffer leaked this one?

Aug 01, 2012 7:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bisbad55 wrote:

If this is secret, then why do we know about it? Obviously another leak by the Obama administration to portray Generalissmo and Chief Warlord Obarry as another Alexander The Great.

Aug 01, 2012 7:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
billnorris wrote:

OOPS yet another leak to make Obama look good.!

Aug 01, 2012 7:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TomGenin wrote:

And Obama again announced that the intelligence leaks aren’t coming from the White House.

Aug 01, 2012 7:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
garyinco wrote:

Ahh, the Nobel Peace Prize winner is at it again. Toppling govts, murdering its own citizens without due process, running automatic weapons into violent drug cartels without tracking or followup, conducting drone strikes in sovereign nations against their wishes.

Has the definition of “peace” changed while I wasn’t looking?

Aug 01, 2012 7:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DBerger wrote:

“Secret” support for the terrorists? Hasn’t been a secret except to all those who still get their news and info from the alphabet MSM. The US/NATO et al have been putting Al Qaeda and other terroists into Syria from a command base setup on Jordanian border since at least March 2012. They also, with Israeli help, have had snipers setup in Syrian neighborhoods shooting anything that moves, men, women and children. My fellow Americans who do nothing but rah rah rah the US military and this venal, criminal government should be ashamed of yourselves. You seem to have the ability of 4 year olds to discern lies from truth which doesn’t say much. The so-called “rebels” were getting their butts handed to them by Syrian regular forces so these NATO/US miscreants have stepped it up a notch. There are XE mercenaries operating in Syria as well. This isn’t about ‘helping’ the Syrian people anymore than destroying Egypt and Libya were about helping them. It was and is about destabilizing nations in the ME who are on Israeli hit lists. Ruining them on all fronts, economically, socially etc. Fracturing them along chiefly religious lines. Do you idiots pay attention or do you just mindlessly go along with the deceit presented to you? Does Iraq look well now that we ruined it? There have been several hundred people killed in car bombings there just in the past week alone. The West and all but a few of it’s people make me sick. Shame on you all for being nothing but a cheering section for these degenerate murderers in our governments and military. Disgusting!

Aug 01, 2012 7:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bikegeepa wrote:

I knew it!!! I knew it was just a matter of time before we got involved in this crap. The way the media was showing film of the fighting every night. I knew Oblowhole would cave. Just what we need — another conflict in the Middle East. November can’t come soon enough. Next we’ll have troops helping with the fighting. Then they’ll be coming home in body-bags.

Aug 01, 2012 7:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nyokie wrote:

This hack president is making jullian assange look good. Talk about a leaky white house! Think its time for a congressional investigation into these leaks.

Aug 01, 2012 7:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
whiteheat wrote:

If it pleases Israel… then let the war begin!

Aug 01, 2012 7:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

The man promised to change the tone,
But he seeks a world-wide war zone,
His record is the worst we’ve ever known;
So the world will bleed—to save his throne!

Warfare merchants say gimme-gimme,
Mr. Obama and other war cohorts—say-certainly;
They gaze the planet for boogiemen to spank,
The war machine donates—and says thanks.

War is an unjust verdict on humanity;
But sanctimonious, no-nothing politicians & TVs—
Never raise the question of Constitutionality,
But, Article 1, § 8, calls for Congress to set policy.

T Kosciuszko

It’s not like Viet Nam,
Mr. Karzai is his left-hand man;
His Karzaiology plans an urban Afghanistan,
World War—is his international plan!

Aug 01, 2012 7:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
happy_12 wrote:

A secret order that’s on the News. Who needs national security anyway.

Aug 01, 2012 7:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SirAlfredE wrote:

Russia did this during the Vietnam war, we killed them.

Aug 01, 2012 7:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Merkin_Man wrote:

The secret’s in the sauce

Aug 01, 2012 8:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jack_Reeves wrote:

Support for the Islamic Brotherhood again! Israel needs to do something before Nov 6th or they will be destroyed!

Aug 01, 2012 8:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
P_North wrote:

The only reason that it’s secret is because the administration knows that it goes against the wishes of US citizens. As if we needed secrets to defeat Syria. Come on, folks. Don’t be so naive. The secret is on YOU.

Aug 01, 2012 8:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
blastertyr wrote:

I guess hope and change …..mean starting coups across North Africa and the Middle East…while ignoring the Depression that we are all engulfed in, in the United States.

Is this President the biggest wipe on the Planet or what??? How in the heck do you liberals follow this retard of the Muslim fanatic movement… as he establishes Sharia Law across the entire Middle East and North Africa???

These Democracies….give everyone about two days time to vote in a Fascist Religious Theocracy… that hate and undermine the Entire Western World… as well as all of the United States citizens… with World Trade Center Bombings and the like.

Now Mr. Obama and his NO WAR CROWD….are going to start a war with Iran too….just to be re-elected.

After 10 years of whining about Iraq and war deaths….the Democratic Party has started more wars in the Middle East than George Bush ever thought of….and established religious Muslim nuts to replace stable regimes that were never a threat to begin with.

All in the name of the Mad Golfer Obama and his flawed theory of everyone needs a Democracy in their country.

Aug 01, 2012 8:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
johndavis_one wrote:

Anyone want to take any bets on what China and Russia will say about this now this public?

Aug 01, 2012 8:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
S6123 wrote:

If you want to stop the leaks, you have to put a finger in Janet Napolitano.

Aug 01, 2012 8:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
John-NYAZ wrote:

If this is supposed to demonstrate Obama’s resolve it is a big fail.

All it shows is how shallow this empty suit really is.

Aug 01, 2012 8:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
blastertyr wrote:

Give to the Romney Campaign…the only sensible leader out there at the moment.

Aug 01, 2012 8:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

No one seems to be concerned about who is leaking all this classified information to Reuters. Calling the Presidential order “secret” and “classified” but publishing it on a public news website is blatant infraction of national security laws. I thought leaking classified information was AGAINST THE LAW. Where is the outrage? Where is the cry for an investigation? Legislators scream for Julian Assange to be hung by his tesicles for the WikiLeaks release of emails but this insiders violation of national secrets seems to be no big deal.

Aug 01, 2012 8:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
violetboo wrote:

Have you noticed Obama has a mouth like a torn pocket? Everything falls out sooner or later. The hell with security!

Aug 01, 2012 8:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
FAiL wrote:

Which American airline or aircraft in Afghanistan will be shot down first by rouge “MANPADS”? Who thought this was a good idea? What a cluster F.

Aug 01, 2012 8:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MadCharles wrote:

Damn Bush leaking plans again..

Aug 01, 2012 8:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
buzzstar wrote:

So now we are assisting the samr interests that we are fighting in Afghanistan. Good job Mr. President and Ms. Secretary of State.

Aug 01, 2012 8:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
foggytoo wrote:

Be interesting to know who the “rebels” are.

Aug 01, 2012 8:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
fmcart wrote:

I’m surprised the article doesn’t blame it on Bush. They must want to spin it so it will improve Obama’s chances in the coming election.

Aug 01, 2012 8:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
insideout wrote:

America doing what It does best…death and destruction…it feeds there children, and keeps them in Mercedes. The military industrial complex has taken over our nation and congress a is complicit in these treasonous acts.The whole world is watching….we see you ….we hear you….we are legion….expect us.

Aug 01, 2012 8:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Leonard001 wrote:

It is kept secret because we have 0 business getting involved in helping more radical Islamic groups take over more countries. If Assad is overthrown that will be the result just like it has been everywhere else. Hell a radical islamic terrorists is now the president of Egypt. Go figure. Obama and his administration not only support these changes they want them.

Aug 01, 2012 8:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
moosemiester wrote:

This is so a salacious headline wrapped in not a story it’s pathetic.

We’ve been providing “non lethal” aid for a long time, and according to the article precisely when this order was signed is unknown.

So is this:

A salacious yellow headline on top of a non story designed solely to get clickstream revenue?

Or

A politically motivated “Hey look at Obama he’s actually doing something in a part of the world Mitt just visited” story?

Or both?

Aug 01, 2012 8:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
geon wrote:

OK. But whatever else you do, don’t tell anyone.

Aug 01, 2012 8:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RDavid2010 wrote:

I wonder if the news learning about a “secret” agreement and a “secret” base and all these other “secret” things denotes an intelligence leak from the Obama White House? Sure seems like it to me.

So where is Obama demanding an explanation as to why his administration is leaking like a sieve?

Aug 01, 2012 8:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Gankfest wrote:

He seems to do a lot of secret stuff these days. Bring it home… Obama 2012!

Aug 01, 2012 8:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Vindi wrote:

A Secret???? No wonder Israel didn’t want to share it’s plans with obama…

Aug 01, 2012 8:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
EGSW wrote:

Doesn’t sound very ‘secret’ since it’s all over the news… oh wait, we’re talking about Obama, who uses every state ‘secret’ to prop himself up politically.

Regardless, Obama now once again joins hands with radical muslims to establish another Iranian satellite in the Middle East.

Aug 01, 2012 8:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
texas111 wrote:

Another State Dept run war.

Aug 01, 2012 8:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jillyjely wrote:

This is not a surprise. What is a surprise, though, is that so many people think this is a surprise. Webster Tarpley as been saying this since the western infiltration (Arab Spring) began. This is real simple; Al Qeada is funded by the west. All of these uprisings throughout the middle east, by “rebels,” are Al Qeada operatives funded and armed by the west. A child can figure this out. Where did you think these rebs were getting their arms from?

Aug 01, 2012 8:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

Are the secretly hidding Assad in the White House too. Would not surprise me a bit. I am serious, it would not surprise me a bit.

Aug 01, 2012 8:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Z06 wrote:

This is what a leftist politician who is in deep trouble of losing his job calls a secret

Aug 01, 2012 8:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Integr8d wrote:

Funny how the meat of the article, so very vaguely worded, is buried at the end.

“Recent news reports from the region have suggested that the influence and numbers of Islamist militants, some of them connected to al Qaeda or its affiliates, have been growing among Assad’s opponents.”

Aug 01, 2012 8:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ffrstpb wrote:

So we are supporting the rebels. Which are Al-Queda. But I have to give up all my rights here in America because Al- Queda might get me? DHS gets 450 million rounds of ammo, TSA check points coming everywhere, drones spying on US citizens!

Aug 01, 2012 8:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
cutter77 wrote:

You do know that the rebels are full of Al-Qaida. When needed like a character in a sideshow, notice how the government and media use them as the Boogie Man one day and sad victims the next. It’s amazing how the elite banks at the top can heard the American public opinion around like sheep. Divide and conquer via class warfare state side.

Obama’s (and Romney’s) largest financial donors are the exact same large Wall Street banks who created our financial disaster. To put this in perspective, banks and the military industrial complex have brainwashed Americans to do their dirty work. It’s this simple and this repugnant.

The end result… an MSM that protects banking interests because they pay their bills via advertising. 2) The MSM then pushes racial and class warfare as distractions to help elect their banking puppets. 3) America’s most powerful special interests (The Fed, Big Banks, Big Pharma, Monsanto, DOW and the Military Industrial Complex) scam the World.

Way to go America, we helped do this by not paying attention to who we elect.

Aug 01, 2012 8:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

And the communist community organizer strikes again, helping the muslim brotherhood and al qaeda take over another arab country. Would one of his useful idiots explain why he was given the nobel peace prize. He has participated in more wars, killings by drone and police actions then either bush or clinton or bush sr or reagan.And the democrats with the eyrie silence and support of their quisling lackeys in the media keep giving him a pass. But he is right about one thing congress due to lack of oversight and inaction against him has become irrelevant. Don’t be surprised if he attacks iran, as this will in his mind allow him to suspend elections to deal with a crisis manufactured by him

Aug 01, 2012 8:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Treacheries2 wrote:

Another Obama administration “secret” leaked. the obama white house is full of moles.

Aug 01, 2012 8:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
cdrntexas wrote:

Okay, so now we support Syrian rebels. After we exit Iraq and watch that country tear itself apart. And after we exit Afghanistan and watch it do the same. Bush won both those wars, Obama lost ‘em both. And now this. Some big difference.

Aug 01, 2012 8:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SpeaktheTruth wrote:

This has been known for close to 1 year.

So the bombings of police stations…

The slaughtering of people in villages….

The Al Qaeda flag being hung….

All courtesy of the Muslim Brotherhood loving Obama administration…

Who would have thought?

Aug 01, 2012 8:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
teresanelson5 wrote:

I just read within the past two days that Al Qeida is now in Syria taking over direction and instructing “rebels” in use of IED’s, car bombs etc. Way to go Obama, use my tax dollars to support the group that declared war on the US in 1993. traitor

Aug 01, 2012 8:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BigRedFlag wrote:

H. CON. RES. 107

Expressing the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 7, 2012

Mr. JONES submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

Whereas the cornerstone of the Republic is honoring Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that, except in response to an actual or imminent attack against the territory of the United States, the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress violates Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution and therefore constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

Aug 01, 2012 8:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
karela11 wrote:

I think that it’s evil to report on stories like this, and in such detail, when the story itself may well result in the deaths of people on the ground. For example, the article mentioned that Turkey and others are coordinating efforts to support rebels AND told in which border town they can be found. This seems pretty irresponsible to me. I also think that if they find the skunks that leak national security secrets—–they should smack ‘em good!

Aug 01, 2012 8:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Forzati wrote:

Why should Syria be any different from Egypt or Libya or anywhere else Obama’s minions have engineered a coup to turn over power to Al Qaeda and/or the Muslim Brotherhood?

Aug 01, 2012 8:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
fatgod wrote:

Supporting and aiding revolutionaries in their struggle against a well- armed, well-funded tyrant. What is more American than that?

Aug 01, 2012 8:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Windriver wrote:

And the Obama supporters say Romney will start a war? Obama has troops in action in more countries than Bush did. Libya, Syria and North African countries looking for jungle monsters.

Aug 01, 2012 8:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jillyjely wrote:

Don’t forget traitors, Treacheries2.

Aug 01, 2012 8:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Just what we need right now–a resumption of the Cold War, wherein we fight a proxy war against Russia (who is backing Assad) in Syria. Given the wonderful outcomes of our previous meddlings in the Middle East, this one is bound to have a great ending.

Aug 01, 2012 8:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Billmenow wrote:

So if it is a secret how come the world know? My colander has less leaks than the Obama administration.

Aug 01, 2012 8:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bezniar wrote:

So he is basically ligitimizing to the poor American sheeple what has been taking place for a long time now. This situation is so sad.

Aug 01, 2012 8:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ertdfg wrote:

So by “secret” you mean “nobody gets told, until Obama needs a boost in the polls”?

Gotcha… can I borrow your dictionary? Mine has a different definition for “secret”.

Aug 01, 2012 9:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

If this is a secret, why is it being reported?

Aug 01, 2012 9:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

If this is a secret, why is it being reported?

Aug 01, 2012 9:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JRlittle wrote:

Is this administration so incompetent that a secret order is on the web? Nope, it seems like NBC and Reuters is on the payroll of the US Government. Party with the people and write what they tell you. Does any serious minded person believe this is a real story? Arab Spring did not work out because of the Fascist muslim unwashed.

Aug 01, 2012 9:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Why is Obama supporting the death squads killing people in Syria and why is the mainstream news blaming Assad for those killings?

Aug 01, 2012 9:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JM_San_Diego wrote:

Secret, eh? Was the announcement made by his campaign staff? Sounds like it.

Aug 01, 2012 9:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Purp wrote:

This is part of Obama’s “open source secrets” initiative.

Aug 01, 2012 9:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
arnoldripkin wrote:

The real secret is that we are providing free transportation and weapons to terrorists throughout the middle east who want to join the terrorists fighting against the Syrian military.

Aug 01, 2012 9:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mike696969 wrote:

Nothing is secret in this administration.

Aug 01, 2012 9:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mike696969 wrote:

Nothing is secret in this administration.

Aug 01, 2012 9:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mike696969 wrote:

Nothing is secret in this administration.

Aug 01, 2012 9:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mike696969 wrote:

Nothing is secret in this administration.

Aug 01, 2012 9:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mike696969 wrote:

Nothing is secret in this administration.

Aug 01, 2012 9:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GMBuls wrote:

Syria is the most religiously tolerant Arab nation in the middle east. They have the oldest Christian communities in the region, and they’ve lived side by side with Muslims for centuries in relative peace and harmony.
But Syria doesn’t have a central bank controlled by Obama’s handlers. Period, full stop, end of story, end of Syria. Bring on Al Ciada, Burkas, and the Muslim Brotherhood – and a central bank that answers to the globalist banksters. Everything else is obfuscation and window dressing.

Aug 01, 2012 9:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
snafu1949 wrote:

One hand kills jihadi extremist in the world. The other hand arms jihadi extremist. Don’t think there are very many people in Syria fighting for republican democracy.

Aug 01, 2012 9:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mjazzguitar wrote:

We can’t afford to give away borrowed money anymore.
We should bring the troops home and establishing bases along the border.
Build a wall and have them patrol it and the areas where it would be difficult to do have a wall.

Aug 01, 2012 9:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WutUP wrote:

So we’re fighting al qaeda in about 4 or 5 countries, and arming them and supporting them in 3 or 4?

And you believe what the government tells you about our role in the world?

That’s kinda silly

Aug 01, 2012 10:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
strategicAIR wrote:

Tunisia, Check. Egypt, Check. Libya, Check. Iraq, check. Syria… Alexander the Great redux?

Aug 01, 2012 10:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TRE wrote:

Obama is so inept. This article shows just one more proof.

Aug 01, 2012 10:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LukeBK wrote:

Its not secret if everyone knows about it. I’m amazed at how many leaks are coming from Obama’s White House. There needs to be a real investigation into who is giving out national security secrets.

Aug 01, 2012 10:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
aberdeenvet wrote:

Why does the general public of the world know anything about our military strategies? Since the U.S. administration does not deny these reports nor do anything to anyone in their midst for divulging military secrets, are we to assume that the reports are true, but that this is the transparency that the Messiah has been promising?
It is obvious that no one in this administration, from the top down, is trustworthy nor are they patriotic. They are all just incompetent. Truly, the U.S.A is the laughingstock of the world

Aug 01, 2012 10:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
huojing2000 wrote:

This is a civil war. Any government in the world with right minds would kill the rebels by all means; so do blame Syrian army for killing those rebels

Aug 01, 2012 11:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
IraqVet wrote:

Yup, we got al-Quaida right where we want them…Syria, Libya and our hip pocket right next to the taxpayer wallet…but because it is Obama it’s okay.

Aug 01, 2012 11:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LesLegato wrote:

“Recent news reports from the region have suggested that the influence and numbers of Islamist militants, some of them connected to al Qaeda or its affiliates, have been growing among Assad’s opponents. U.S. and European officials say that, so far, intelligence agencies do not believe the militants’ role in the anti-Assad opposition is dominant.”

Liars, morons or islamists in the State Dept: AL QUEDA IS STREAMING INTO SYRIA and with Obama’s help, will have their hands on the MANPADS and/or Assad’s chemical weapons within a matter of weeks.

Obama and Hillary and that idiot McCain need to be dragged in front of Congress and then down to GITMO.

Aug 01, 2012 12:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MartyJ wrote:

Unless there’s a new dictionary out, the word “secret” in your headline is meaningless.

Aug 01, 2012 12:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sanity1776 wrote:

Right! So the US and her allies are supposedly fighting an international war on ‘terrorism’ by arming, funding and training the very same Islamic extremists they’re supposed to be combating? Come on! Who believes this rubbish anymore? The US created ‘Al Qaeda’ in the 80′s and uses it as a proxy force (and an excuse) against its enemies and its own citizens alike. I pity the innocent people of Syria who have had these foreign mercenaries unleashed amongst them by the US, Israel & their puppet dictatorships in the Gulf.

Aug 01, 2012 12:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
RadioGuy87 wrote:

Obama will just say, “No I didn’t!” and the ignorant MSM will just say, “No he didn’t!” and all of his clueless minions will just say, “Must be true! He apparently didn’t!” and the brain-dead public will believe him again. He’s lucky he isn’t made of wood, his nose wouldn’t fit in Air Force 1.

Aug 01, 2012 12:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dggr wrote:

Gay marriage at home and sharia law abroad, the president is one confused dude.

Aug 01, 2012 12:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlloeber wrote:

President Obama .. do you not think the Syrian people are worthy of freedom .. ? Are they not possessed of the inalienable rights that the American founders proclaimed .. these are humans Mr. President . .I have been to Syrian myself and have never met a better people .. I am disgusted to watch the inaction of the White House ..

President Obama is to blame.. too much a coward to do anything during the re-election .. so he should agree with Romney to come together and make a joint announcement that they both agree that the US should take military action and lead with air power .. John McCain will give them guidance if the President can’t figure out what to do ..

President Obama should have acted to stop the murder more than 400 days ago .. by sending in drones for the dictator’s palaces in Damascus .. instead President Obama has descended into ignominious cowardice ..

Did the Kremlin wait to get UN approval when they went sent tanks into Georgia in 2008 ? Why is President Obama handcuffed by the Kremlin ? we can only say that it is because he does not want to save the Syrians .. he does not want to send in drones .. he does not want to risk re-election chances and thinks he can shirk his responsibility as leader of the free world ..

Who does President Obama and the West depend on the save the Syrian children ? The same man who the US depended to save the Rwandan and Bosnian children ..

Syrian authorities are systematically detaining and torturing children, the United Nations’ human rights chief, Navi Pillay, has told the BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-175411…

President Obama has allowed this to happen .. he has given free rein to the dictators in Damascus and abandoned the Syrian people .. he said the right things when he lead the charge against Qaddafi .. but has let his re-election rule his moral sense on Syria ..

It is disgraceful cowardice unbecoming of the leader of the home of the brave .. He could have shot back at the Damascus dictators 487 days ago when they started shooting innocent protesters .. He could have sent cruise missiles and drones to attack the palace of the dictator and his tanks and artillery .. He and the other leaders of the West meekly bow to the Kremlin and Chinese dictators .. instead they only strain their intelligence coming up with new words to say how horrible are the Syrian dictators’ atrocities ..

March 28, 2011, President Obama said .. “when people were being brutalized in Bosnia in the 1990s, it took the international community more than a year to intervene with air power to protect civilians.” www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/03/28/president-obama-s-speech-libya

“To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and — more profoundly — our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are,” (Except in an election year?)

“Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different,” (Except in an election year?)

2011: “And as president, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.” 2012: Coward

Aug 02, 2012 1:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlloeber wrote:

Thank You Mr. President if it is true ..

Aug 02, 2012 1:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
endersgm wrote:

once again us military forces will lending a helping hand to al quada. amazing.

Aug 02, 2012 2:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TJPride wrote:

So we’re helping Muslim terrorists (Al Qaeda) topple the current ruler of Syria. How is that supposed to improve the situation any? We’ll just end up replacing a dictator with a bunch of heavily-armed gangs that hate our guts. It’s Libya all over again – Obama using the US military to promote radical Islam around the world.

Aug 02, 2012 3:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
trumanj wrote:

Now I knew math was never America’s strongest subject but for people to think Obama has started more wars than bush is rediculous. . By my count bush started 2 wars and didn’t finish either of them. To my knowledge Obama hasn’t started a single war. The people of lybia and Syria started there own wars. If Romney has it his way, the US will go to war with Iran. Obama has made mistakes as all presidents do but if Romney is elected the world will truly hate Americans. On romneys first trip overseas he managed to upset the British and the palistinians. Good luck in November.

Aug 02, 2012 3:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
trumanj wrote:

Now I knew math was never America’s strongest subject but for people to think Obama has started more wars than bush is rediculous. . By my count bush started 2 wars and didn’t finish either of them. To my knowledge Obama hasn’t started a single war. The people of lybia and Syria started there own wars. If Romney has it his way, the US will go to war with Iran. Obama has made mistakes as all presidents do but if Romney is elected the world will truly hate Americans. On romneys first trip overseas he managed to upset the British and the palistinians. Good luck in November.

Aug 02, 2012 3:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
trumanj wrote:

Now I knew math was never America’s strongest subject but for people to think Obama has started more wars than bush is rediculous. . By my count bush started 2 wars and didn’t finish either of them. To my knowledge Obama hasn’t started a single war. The people of lybia and Syria started there own wars. If Romney has it his way, the US will go to war with Iran. Obama has made mistakes as all presidents do but if Romney is elected the world will truly hate Americans. On romneys first trip overseas he managed to upset the British and the palistinians. Good luck in November.

Aug 02, 2012 3:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Arabi_Souri wrote:

Earlier this year and a ‘secretive’ order.. How democratic is that?

Aug 02, 2012 4:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
FMB501 wrote:

Hmmmm. How can this be a secret when everyone in the world now knows it?

Either this is another leak from the WH to demonstrate that Obama is Mr. Macho Tough Guy; or it could be that Obama thinks he’s positioning himself for a second Nobel Peace Prize.

Based on the ineptness I’ve seen from Obama over the years, my money is on the latter.

Aug 02, 2012 5:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
WhatNextNow wrote:

Why such sympathy for Syrian Muslims but complete silence over the massacre of Muslims in Burma.

Aug 02, 2012 5:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
nieldevi wrote:

“Indications are that U.S. agencies have not been involved in providing weapons to Assad’s opponents.”
“The White House is for now apparently stopping short of giving the rebels lethal weapons”
“The State Department said on Wednesday the U.S. government had set aside a total of $25 million for “non-lethal” assistance to the Syrian opposition.”
AND, finally, “Precisely when Obama signed the secret intelligence authorization, an action not previously reported, could not be determined.”

Very provocative article, but it doesn’t prove it’s premise

Aug 02, 2012 5:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gobnait06 wrote:

The accidentally-on-purpose leak from the Obama administration, intended to bolster his poll numbers and the safety of the mission be damned, reveals that we are actively helping the terrorist group, Al Qaida, overthrow Assad’s government.

Aug 02, 2012 6:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
LightCavalry wrote:

So, once again, our roookie President figures he can get the country out of debt by handing out money we don’t have. Like getting out of debt by maxing out your credit cards. What a dunce.

Aug 02, 2012 6:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JiminGa wrote:

Gee, another “secret” revealed by the white house. These people reveal more secrets than my 4 year old grandkids.

Aug 02, 2012 7:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kedzie wrote:

In a situation where Muslims are slaughtering one another then the U.S. should keep out.

Aug 02, 2012 7:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
FGNR wrote:

Secret – haha

Aug 02, 2012 7:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
debbie5 wrote:

Now that it was been confirmed from several sources that al-Qaeda is working with the rebels it only makes sense that Obama would want to support them.
Nobody loves terrorists more than our President.
Anybody with the IQ of a blade of grass would stay out of this mess in Syria.
No matter who wins the place will be hostile to Americans,
So WHY are we bothering to get involved.
Let me remind everybody that it was largely due to American pressure that Iran was able to set up the radical government it has today.
That didn’t work out real well did it?
Helping these radicals will be just as big a mistake.
Plus these rebels are just as happy to kill civilians as the current government, so no lives will be saved from our involvement.

Aug 02, 2012 7:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
VoteEducated wrote:

Ok….here are some questions to think about;

1. If Al Qaeda (a terrorist organization) is helping the Syrian rebels (an insurgent organization) is that a good thing?

2. Would it be better if the Syrian Rebels were helped by a organization that is not a terrorist organization?

3. If the people of Syria are staging a revolt against a leader that;

A. is denying them of their individual freedoms (you know something like we try to maintain for ourselves in this country)
B. was facilitating aide to the terrorists and insurgents in Iraq
C. Is closely allied with Iran

Would it be better to “help” the rebels determine their own destiny while trying to influence them to be a future ally of ours?

Aug 02, 2012 8:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
robobbob wrote:

Secret? that must be the worse kept secret then the olympics being run on tape delay. The internet has been talking about the US supporting rebels including al quada, in Syria since day one.
The US has always been at war with Eurasia.
Is everyone getting tired of all this yet?

Aug 02, 2012 8:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
frodobaggins wrote:

And this story doesn’t constitute treason in what way, exactly?

Reporter; prison for life.

Leaker; prison for life.

Editor; prison for life.

Lets put an end to this crap. Journalists have no right to conduct espionage against our military.

Aug 02, 2012 8:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Actually they are arming Al-Queda and the muslim brotherhood. Where are the psycho-hawks from the left screaming that “at least Assad kept the trains rolling”?

Aug 02, 2012 8:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
KalkiDas wrote:

My fellow republicans: You had the opportunity to nominate someone who would address what you all seem to be excoriate Obama for: getting involved in another war, supporting rebels who will inevitably turn on us and more unintended consequences. Yes, Ron Paul was that man, but in November you’ll have the choice between two politicians who essentially believe the same thing. And you think Romney will do less of this? He will do more. He will follow the lead of the neocon chickenhawks like Lindsey Grahamnesty and John McCain, not traditional conservatives like Taft or even Goldwater. Unintended consequences, yes, that is what your lack of choices in November are.

Aug 02, 2012 8:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
9009 wrote:

Translation: US sticks its nose in where it doesn’t belong…again.

Aug 02, 2012 8:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
frodobaggins wrote:

Christ, a low level functionary (Dick Armitage)at the white house mentions the name of a low level functionary at the CIA (who had lost her NOC status due to her big mouth, by the way) to a reporter and its high treason.

Under the current administration they can leak details of current operational missions of the CIA which are actually classified as Top Secret and nobody thinks to question if that is a problem.

Valery Plame hadn’t been operational for 7 years when a registered democrat (who had no reason to suspect her name would be a secret) mentioned her name as part of the background of the story of Joe Wilson’s hit piece.

They investigated for 6 years, even after the investigators knew the source of the leak and that the leak itself could not have been a crime.

But these guys leak facts of a secret ongoing mission conducted by the CIA and SOG, and everybody stands back and marvels at how decisively and authoritatively this administration conducts its foreign policy.

A bunch of sycophantic little grovelers. Between the tingling legs and drooling I don’t know how you people manage to stay out of the funny farm.

All the people involved in this story ought to go to prison.

Leaker, reporter, editor, publisher; prison for life for high treason.

Aug 02, 2012 8:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Disavowed wrote:

It was never a secret, everyone who has been paying attention to Syria has known that Hillary Clinton sent the Muslim Brotherhood et al to overthrow the Assad regime. Assad armed his citizens to fight Western aggression against them.
Russia set up missile batteries along their coast to protect them from US and sent containers of AK-47′s to arm his citizens to fend off this enemy.
Were the ones destabilizing over there, not the Assad Government.

He doesn’t want to roll into the Global Bank so there within lies the problem. This “war” or I should say all of these wars are a sham for a Global power grab agenda.

“The first causality of war is truth”

God Bless..

Aug 02, 2012 8:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mski wrote:

Uh, it is arming Al-Queda, no spin needed. It is very clear that the “rebels” are Al-Queda members. So they have taken over Egypt and Libya, let’s completely surround Israel with people who want to wipe them off the face of the earth. Obama backs the wrong horse again. It isn’t the Arab Spring, it is the Al-Queda crunch.

Aug 02, 2012 8:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jimconch wrote:

Wow, a secret! Let’s tell the world.

Aug 02, 2012 8:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
40caliber wrote:

Someone should tell this idiot president that this is how JFK caused Vietnam.

Aug 02, 2012 8:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mag1611 wrote:

So, it has been widely reported that Al Qaeda is supporting the rebels. That means we are “secretly” supporting Al Qaeda! I think we should butt out. Russia is backing a government that is holding the crazy muslims at bay. As long as the muslims are killing each other they won’t unite against a common enemy, Israel. We should simply stand with Israel and let the nuts express themselves on each others women and children.

Aug 02, 2012 9:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse

“Secret” in the Obama administration means that it’s public knowledge. As long as it’s beneficial to the White House, of course.

Aug 02, 2012 9:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
chipgiii wrote:

I still haven’t got passed the “secret” part….

Aug 02, 2012 9:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tbonepl wrote:

Its agood thing that Syria’s Assad doesn’t have the internet, or this secret would be out already. Wow, Obama and his staff are really clever. I’m not going to tell, are you?

Aug 02, 2012 9:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

“The al-Qaeda flag was propped up in a barrel painted with the three-starred Syrian revolutionary banner in the middle of the road at a makeshift checkpoint between the northern Syrian towns of Binnish and Taftanaz in Idlib province. The checkpoint was unmanned — not especially surprising, given the dry mid-afternoon heat and the lethargy sometimes brought on early in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.” -TimeWorld

Read more: http://world(dot)time(dot)com/2012/07/26/time-exclusive-meet-the-islamist-militants-fighting-alongside-syrias-rebels/#ixzz22OOFVC7I

Democrats have become war-mongers and assassins, gleefully cheering while barry funds muslim mercenaries. Funding a crime, in law, is little different than performing the act. It is a staple foundation of our western law. Is it not? To support this adventure is to spit on the Constitution of the United States of America and to stand against the Rule of Law. It is treasonous through and through.

Aug 02, 2012 9:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Goobermom wrote:

this is a secret? who leaked it?

Aug 02, 2012 9:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Alky wrote:

Here goes Egypt 2.0 Why does this president keep supporting the Jihadists!?!

Aug 02, 2012 9:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
flb32 wrote:

What’s so SECRET about it? Our government leaks like aieve. All in an attempt to get Obama re-elected.

Aug 02, 2012 9:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DonMcnabb wrote:

So let me het this straight, we let the Western loving democratic Free Syrian Army fight alone and get slaughtered for so long that they were forced to ask al Qaeda to come in for support. Now the CIA and US Military are going to step in LIKE IN LIBYA and support a resistance movement that is now filled with al Qaeda fighters.

The Obama adminstration is so stupid.

Aug 02, 2012 9:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
PappyYokum wrote:

Sounds like it’s not a very big secret anymore.

Aug 02, 2012 9:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Disavowed wrote:

The only “secret” about this Administration is Obamas sealed records and lack of a Birth Certificate, other than that, their pretty out in the open as Socialists.

Aug 02, 2012 9:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
hugbear281 wrote:

You say “Secret” support to those opposition groups like Obama supported Libya’s, Egypts and now Syria’s overthrows of gov’t to result in Obama’s “Secret” insertion of the Muslim Brotherhood to Power, the likes of an IRANIAN STYLE gov’t to wreak HAVOK in the Middle East and NOW A FUTURE MAJOR WAR to occur with US , the West against these new gov’ts???? Of course Obama wanted this..he’s smiling now that the West will suffer in our children’s futures…Wake up World!

Aug 02, 2012 10:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TripleA60 wrote:

The media has been reporting that Al Quada are the ones turning the tide in the Syrian Civil War, now that it has come out that the BHO is supporting these same rebels this point has suddenly disappeared from the Media… Things that make you say hummm. I sure hope America wakes up, I believe it is no longer a choice of whose policy is better/worse.. It is more of a choice of who wants the America as we know it destroyed.

Aug 02, 2012 10:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lastchip wrote:

and they look like such nice boys in their masks and with their AK’s. Very kind of the press not publish the fact, they’ve been slaughtering christians as target practice. Wouldn’t want to dirty up that whole arab spring fluff with the nasty fact of the hate islam has for everyone and anything not kissing dirt five times a day for allah.

Aug 02, 2012 10:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ronb28135 wrote:

How can there ever be peace in the Middle East if the busy body United States keep stirring the pot. Oops I forgot if there’s peace in the Middle East then where’s the war profits for our very own military-industrial-banking-complex. Silly me I thought that Obama and Bush and Ntanyahu and Reagan and Bush and Clinton, etc. etc. were willing to forgo making profits for the sake of our young men’s lives. Why would I think such a silly thing like that. I keep forgetting—there’s no profit in peace.

Aug 02, 2012 10:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse

its no secret!! especially to Americans who dont watch the CNN propaganda network… this is no Rebel uprising,,, the USA and Israel have sent in paid terroritsts( AL_CIA_DA) and other paid mercenaries to destalize Syria…. yes America Al_queda aka Al-CIA-DA is USA’s proxy terrorists, the death squad/phantom menace…if you havent woken up to the lies yet i feel sorry for you.

Aug 02, 2012 10:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
victor672 wrote:

The D-Day happened today, the liberal media would report the exact date and time a week before. Secret, huh?

Aug 02, 2012 11:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sheep69 wrote:

At what point will we put these criminals in WDC on trial for treason?

Do we have any spine left in America? We are totally done for. Pretty soon the “good Al Qaeda” will be roaming our own streets and we will cheer them and give them our wages.

Aug 02, 2012 11:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

Reuters obviously needs some training in ENGLISH. How can they even use the word “secret”, while writing a newspaper story for world wide distribution? Maybe someone should explain the definition of the word SECRET. It means “don’t tell anyone”.

Aug 02, 2012 11:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
faisonpete wrote:

Obama signs a secret order to subsdadize terrorism against the Syrian government. Of course quid pro quo means it is all right for every Syrian in the world to committ terrorist acts against the US and it’s citizens. Why should we fight for democracy in some countries and not others? What is the difference between thousnds of Syrian refugees and millions of Palestinian ones? I do not want my country openly making war against people who have not attacked it. Support for evil in the Middle East has destroyed the respect of the rest of the world for the US. Who cares? I DO! War is NOT the answer to this problem.

Aug 02, 2012 11:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
billo466 wrote:

When are we going to stop hearing about military “secrets” in the media? When is Reuters going to stop publishing them? Is this to be considered treason or manipulation? I guess it’s really just good old fashioned sensationalism.

Aug 02, 2012 11:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
hugbear281 wrote:

OMG! Obama the point leader of this so-called “Democracy” that just voted in a 2012 HITLER….into Egypt….I (who was a Hillary Clinton Delegate for her 2008 campaign) am declaring NEVER MORE VOTING DEMOCRATE again!!!! Hillary, Obama has sold America out! Facilitating WORSE CASE SCENARIOS FOR THE MIDDLE EAST…assuring future War with these radicals….Libya, now Egypt then Syria all with the IRAN SPONSORED Muslim Brotherhood take over….and Obama / Hillary pushing this as hard as they can…Where are you Bill Clinton….why is she so misguided!!!! DEMOCRATE NO MORE!! Note: That a Military gov’t is what stabalizes the MIDEAST…not another Religious Fanatical govt..like Iran! Is this an attempt to make the MIDEAST explode????? by installing the Muslim Brotherhood?

Aug 02, 2012 11:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jrj906202 wrote:

Looks like Obama is trying to get more votes by military people.No surprise.He is our finest politician.

Aug 02, 2012 11:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mickeymutt wrote:

shhhhhhhh don’t tell anyone. It’s a secret.

Aug 02, 2012 11:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mewp1 wrote:

So much for secret. This sounds strangely like another pro obama “I am tough” leak.

Aug 02, 2012 11:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Robert_93036 wrote:

I’m not sure if this is still a secret??? The leaks in the White House MUST STOP!

Aug 02, 2012 11:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jimmy37 wrote:

Someone is funding these ‘rebels’. You don’t get guns and tanks with liquor money. Problem is, as soon as Assad is gone, Al Queda, Muslim Brotherhood, and other radical Islamists come in.

Aug 02, 2012 12:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Ratt wrote:

Only Congress can approve Wars. You Liberals are starting to make me sick. Anything Obamba wants you follow him along like the sheep you are.

Aug 02, 2012 12:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dwsmokin wrote:

Hmm, authorize a “secret” plan then announce it publicly. “Ya hear that? We’re using code names.” Sheesh. What a bunch of amateurs. Know why the rest of the world “likes” us so much now? We keep them entertained. They can’t get this kind of comedy on cable.

Aug 02, 2012 12:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
coldhardtruth wrote:

We helped out the rebels in Egypt and you see what happened. In these counties there is no right side to support, they all hate us.

Aug 02, 2012 12:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
adle72 wrote:

This a mistake, just like it was in Libya, at least quadaffi was and Assad is a known quantity, now you don’t what lunatics will step in and replace them. It makes me miss the days when our politicians, military, and inteeligence services acted only on our national interest, and not for misguided humanitarian reasons, somalia notwithstanding.

Aug 02, 2012 12:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Hello2u2 wrote:

More top secretes leaked to make BO zo look good before the election.

Aug 02, 2012 12:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
adle72 wrote:

This is a mistake, just like it was in Libya. Assad, just like Quaddaffi was, is a known quantity, once he’s deposed, we will be lucky if he’s not replaced by some real lunatics. I think our government should act soley for what’s in the best national interest, and not embark on these emotional, humanitarian causes.

Aug 02, 2012 12:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Ratt wrote:

Uhhh, correct me if I am wrong but aren’t the Syrian Rebels actually the Muslim BrotherHood which means Obama is supporting Islam ? And how in hades is Obama able to bypass Congress and declare War ? And now, thanks to you Liberals Obama has us in Iraq, Afghanistan, Uzbeckistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, N. Africa and now Syria. I thought you Liberals were Anti-War and Anti-Military and Anti-Nation Building. Hypocrites.

Aug 02, 2012 1:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dave2009 wrote:

What became of Gaddafi’s weapon cache after Libya fell or that of Egypt’s and what will become of the true weapons of mass destruction in Syria’s arsenal once Assad is deposed?

The so called Arab spring blooming in the Middle East does not appear to be one bringing forth the beauty and fragrance of peace or future tranquility the world hopes for. The preponderance of evidence regarding the intentions of Islam’s goals suggests otherwise. If the best we can hope for is a unified theologically based Muslim confederation then what’s likely to emerge is an Iran fashioned after the old soviet’s politburo. Mullahs will direct people like Ahmadinejad to govern and Sharia will be extended as the law and guiding principle for the new order.

Self imposed sanctions by European governments have suppressed criticism and acknowledgment of the problem they cultivated over at least 30 years of unfettered immigration policy. The consequence is the seeding of Islamic fundamentalism into the soil of Western Europe which has also paved a road for the Muslim Brotherhood’s logical progression of expansion. Don’t delude yourself in thinking that expansion isn’t the goal.

Turkey is no doubt on the list of sovereign nations to be assimilated after the brotherhood absorbs the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia. Once the consolidation of power is completed within the primary Middle Eastern nations the Brotherhood will actively pursue Western Europe. These countries currently host 30 to 40 percent of the Brotherhood’s people which is ample to assure subjection of the infidel to the rule of Allah and Sharia law in due time.

A strategy that manipulates democracy against itself combined with intimidation operating under the cover of darkness is sure to be employed to accomplish the aims of the next greatest threat to freedom everywhere it currently exists. Given the weak financial condition of the EU can you think of a better place and time to plow these nations under so that a new one can grow and flourish?

Aug 02, 2012 1:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jrboss wrote:

Um, how secret is it really?

Aug 02, 2012 1:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Disavowed wrote:

Quote:

“DonMcnabb wrote:
So let me het this straight, we let the Western loving democratic Free Syrian Army fight alone and get slaughtered for so long that they were forced to ask al Qaeda to come in for support. Now the CIA and US Military are going to step in LIKE IN LIBYA and support a resistance movement that is now filled with al Qaeda fighters.

The Obama adminstration is so stupid.”

Absolutely correct on all counts. I am a Geo Political annalist.

-JP

Aug 02, 2012 1:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

I wish the nations of the UN would come together an place sanctions on the United States for interfering in the business of sovereign nations and I say that as an American! We are not the world police and this is absolutely none of our business.

Aug 02, 2012 1:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Disavowed wrote:

Quote:

“jrboss wrote:
Um, how secret is it really?”

In regards to what’s really going on right now? this above story pales in comparison. You want to hear the truth? I need all concerned American’s aware.

Aug 02, 2012 1:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Janeallen wrote:

If we know it, it is not “secret”.

And the title is in the present tense, as if it’s happening now, and it’s secret!

Aug 02, 2012 1:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
feralchild wrote:

This is how much the press thinks of its readers. “Oooh it’s a big secret thing we’re telling you about! Lucky you! You get to be in on it.” Yes, there is an intelligence operation going on here, and YOU, the READER, are the target.

Aug 02, 2012 1:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
feralchild wrote:

If the press tells you anything having to do with the CIA, military intelligence, or US involvement in Syria, that information has already been vetted by the DOD and US intelligence and the White House. They tell you because they want YOU to know, to achieve some desired political effect on YOU, the reader.

Aug 02, 2012 1:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
feralchild wrote:

“I wish the nations of the UN would come together an place sanctions on the United States for interfering in the business of sovereign nations and I say that as an American! We are not the world police and this is absolutely none of our business.”

If sovereignty is your concern, friend, you should be calling for disbanding the UN as your first priority. I don’t support American interventionism AT ALL but I recognize the UN is the greater threat to sovereignty, esp. our own. Take care.

Aug 02, 2012 1:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
macdad wrote:

this secret is safe with me.

Aug 02, 2012 1:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MadJayhawk wrote:

Let’s see:

1. an unauthorized war

2. another leaked ‘secret’ that will probably be detrimental to our country’s interests and may cost lives. Is ‘secret’ another word for political campaign material? ‘Insider sources’ = Obama’s campaign staff.

Why would anyone vote for this person?

Aug 02, 2012 2:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WJR wrote:

Would someone care to explain how a civil war in Syria is a threat to US national security? We should stay out of it

Aug 02, 2012 2:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
noseitall wrote:

I predict an Obama crisis in October, just in time to influence the election. Even as bombs are dropping and people are dying, pacifist liberals will be licking their chops at the thought of Obama’s re-election. Principles mean nothing compared to political one-upmanship.

Aug 02, 2012 2:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fastgirl wrote:

In secret? This from the man who promised he and his administration were going to be the most transparent in history. Americans are wondering if Obama isn’t hiding anything why does every thing have to be done in secret?

Aug 02, 2012 2:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamesChirico wrote:

Unlike Libya where Lockerbie 103 authorized the War Powers Act use of force, the same does not exist for the Assad regime. IMO Turkey will wait a few months for the Assad forces to get weakened by the rebels, then go in and eliminate him.

Aug 02, 2012 2:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
albebak wrote:

So is he admitting to arming the Syrian rebels now? Because the U.S. has been behind their uprising this entire time. Using the CIA in supplying weapons, and organizing the people, sort of like they did in Egypt. Really don’t know what the overall objective is but there is a better way of doing business, it usually doesn’t involve arming militia’s that go around killing and maiming. For a president that promotes gun control in his own country the term hypocritical really applies to his policies, they usually end with innocent people being murdered at the end of a gun, whether it’s on the us border (operation fast and furious)or in Syria.

Aug 02, 2012 3:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JiminGa wrote:

Another white house secret given out to the press. The revelation of secrets should be a separate white house presser once per week.

Aug 02, 2012 3:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kalamere1 wrote:

Nothing is secret when it comes to military actions from this White House. Obama’s campaign is our greatest threat to national security

Aug 02, 2012 3:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZWarrior wrote:

If the news outlet knows it is classified information, then why publish it? Sometimes a business has to have some responsibility, even the news media. Even if we ignore that, why would a news outlet publish classified information that was leaked to them for partisan political reasons? That would be pretty poor reporting to allow yourself be used like that … unless you are in the bag for the politician. Humm. News consumers should always remember rule number one: “Consider the source.”

Aug 02, 2012 3:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
handsmcml wrote:

Neither side deserves our support. If we were to go to war in that area, we should wait until there is a clear winner and then take them on, who ever it is. We may not like Assad, but we really should not like Al Quieda.

Aug 02, 2012 3:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
meestameesta wrote:

Barry is too busy arming the mexican cartels with US weapons to bothered with arming the 99%

Aug 02, 2012 4:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
FlyNavy72 wrote:

Is this starting to sound like the Saturday Night Live skit when they were asking about the war plans in Kuwait, only in reverse? All we need is a Jay Carney impersonator standing at the podium with a “Top Secret” press briefing book briefing the White House Press Corps. The only thing they didn’t give was the street address of the “SECRET” command center in Turkey and its phone number.

Aug 02, 2012 4:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
YUPtrev wrote:

I’ll say it again, since the comment has been removed since posting earlier:
Al-Assad was elected as President of Syria in 2000 and 2007, unopposed each time.

The only secret is the US’ hidden agenda in all of this…

Aug 02, 2012 4:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Chrisgar wrote:

Maybe our president needs to stop woring about a few political points and start woring about the security of the country. He needs to get a handle on who keeps releasing this info

Aug 02, 2012 4:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Chrisgar wrote:

The president needs to get a handle on his administration and quit lettig this leak out. He will be resposible for those who die due to this leak

Aug 02, 2012 4:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
framis wrote:

I would like to know WHY is the president of the USA helping MUSLIM TERRORISTS to defeat a pro USA government?

Aug 02, 2012 6:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
framis wrote:

I would like to know WHY is the president of the USA helping MUSLIM TERRORISTS to defeat a pro USA government?

Aug 02, 2012 6:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
framis wrote:

I would like to know WHY is the president of the USA helping MUSLIM TERRORISTS to defeat a pro USA government?

Aug 02, 2012 6:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
framis wrote:

I would like to know WHY is the president of the USA helping MUSLIM TERRORISTS to defeat a pro USA government?

Aug 02, 2012 6:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
EvoShandor wrote:

Obama is a strong leader. I know this from all the information leaks that probably endanger the lives of those who support these “secret” initiatives.

Aug 02, 2012 6:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
asalcido wrote:

This had to be leaked because of the growing concern that we, the United States was not doing anything to help the rebels.

Aug 02, 2012 6:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Globalman wrote:

Not a secret any longer is it?

Aug 02, 2012 6:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kommy wrote:

Mine, mine…..business as usual- hand to hand with terrorists.

Sweet couple twiks.

Aug 02, 2012 7:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

If Reuters is publishing a story about it in the news, it sure as hell isn’t secret!

Do any of the Reuters editors or proof readers understand the meaning of the word?

Aug 04, 2012 10:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
UnPartisan wrote:

Someone in Obama’s administration is going to go down for the all of the top secret information leaks. Admitting we are aiding the uprising benefits no one. It actually can end up causing a new generation of terrorists that hates America because their family was killed during the Syrian civil war.

Aug 04, 2012 1:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ace8 wrote:

Good for the President. We must do what we reasonably can, but no more, to support the right cause in Syria.

Aug 04, 2012 7:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Well, it’s not a secret anymore. Jeez. This has got to be the dumbest headline for today. (Notice I didn’t say ‘dumbest headline ever’, since they seem so prevalent these days, and not just on Reuters.)

Aug 05, 2012 4:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jimmy6p wrote:

Some secret! My guess is that this was released “as planned”

Aug 06, 2012 6:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BakoD wrote:

Go Obama – about time someone stood up to the Russians and Chinese to help freedom and democracy. Should have been done long ago, but at least we tried diplomacy first. USA!

Aug 08, 2012 1:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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