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
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.
While 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