Editor’s Note: The recent UN call for a “ceasefire” in Syria was simply a ruse enabling the West to re-arm al Qaida. Even the Washington Post is now openly touting Washington DC and Hillary Clinton’s support for al-Qaida in Syria. Speaking from a mainstream ‘consensus reality’ perspective – if this is now the case, what was the point of the 10 year ‘War on Terror’? I think most of our readers know the answer to that one…

Karen DeYoung
Washington Post
May 16, 2012

Syrian rebels battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad have begun receiving significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, an effort paid for by Persian Gulf nations and coordinated in part by the United States, according to opposition activists and U.S. and foreign officials.

Obama administration officials emphasized that the United States is neither supplying nor funding the lethal material, which includes antitank weaponry. Instead, they said, the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

“We are increasing our nonlethal assistance to the Syrian opposition, and we continue to coordinate our efforts with friends and allies in the region and beyond in order to have the biggest impact on what we are collectively doing,” said a senior State Department official, one of several U.S. and foreign government officials who discussed the evolving effort on the condition of anonymity.

The U.S. contacts with the rebel military and the information-sharing with gulf nations mark a shift in Obama administration policy as hopes dim for a political solution to the Syrian crisis. Many officials now consider an expanding military confrontation to be inevitable.

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