Syria's situation could be worse

Monday, December 10, 2012
 | 
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A national defense analyst and Pentagon advisor does not believe supporting Syria's rebels to overthrow President Bashar Assad is going to help the Syrian people.

Various news reports have revealed that Assad is secretly negotiating with Latin American countries for political asylum for himself, his family and his associates in the event he is forced to flee Damascus.

Israel's Haaretz reports that one of those countries is Venezuela, which has a cozy relationship with Syria. For instance, Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez has provided Assad with fuel so the regimes tanks and armored personnel carriers can operate against the rebels.

Maginnis, BobWhile the general consensus is that Assad's days are numbered, retired Army Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis, who is senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, does not think Republicans like John McCain (AZ) and Lindsey Graham (SC) calling for a more aggressive support of the rebels is such a great idea.

"My concern about the rebels is that the rebels in Syria are not unlike the rebels in Libya -- and that is you have a sizeable contingent of rebels that are al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists," Maginnis notes. "If they take over Syria, as they might, they would send that country in a very different direction, and it would suit our best interests."

He believes the U.S. should keep in mind what happened in similar "Arab Spring" revolutions in places like Egypt and Libya.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Could high school graduates in your state pass the same history/civics exam required of naturalized citizens?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  Trump softens demand for border wall downpayment
  San Diego school district introduces Islam propaganda program
O'Reilly surprised by Fox exit, says truth will come out
4 teens killed, 1 injured in Georgia crash
Tenn. teacher planned to take 15-yr.-old girl to Mexico

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Obama's hidden Iran deal giveaway
Homeschoolers face prison in Obama's island 'paradise'
Snowflake hypocrisy: Wisconsin students say Muslims can opt out of business, but not Christians
Illegals thwart immigration laws with help from lawyers, judges, educators
Oxford University: Avoiding eye contact is racist

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
U.S. defense act includes Iron Dome

A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee is pleased that the Senate has agreed to support a vital and proven Israeli anti-missile defense system in the Defense Authorization bill.