Did I just hear on the BBC that Senator McCain heard the President declare that we would begin arming the Syrian rebels?
OK, I did.
I hope this turns out to be less than meets the eye. Arming the rebels is not going to end well. Syria is not Libya.
UPDATE: Well, limiting the shipments to small arms and ammo is just enough to make things worse without putting Assad under pressure. I see not the point.
If the Qataris and Saudis are not already shipping in enough small arms, then the reason is likely a rebel inability to absorb them.
If the Qataris and Saudis are shipping in enough, then our aid is pointless, unless we have identified a subset of rebels whom we wish to support.
If we have identified a subset of rebels whom we wish to support but whom the Qataris and Saudis do not like, then we are arming a faction to fight a civil war that will follow the civil war.
Assuming that the current civil war ends soon. Which seems unlikely. Unless we send more weapons to the rebels.
I am getting an unpleasant whiff of a cycle here, which could end with American soldiers shooting at Syrians. Syria is not Libya.
Convince me that I am wrong and this is a good idea. Please?