'Obama Close to Authorizing Military Training of Syrian Rebels'

Nick Gillespie

Remind me: Where have we seen this sort of tip-toe routine before? Was it here?

Reader Ken Constantino emailed this tip our Hit & Run box with the succinct phrase “Shit” in the text field.

Via the Wall Street Journalcomes this news:

In a commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Wednesday, Mr. Obama will signal backing for the new training effort by saying he intends to increase support to the armed Syrian opposition, including by providing them with training. Mr. Obama isn’t expected to provide details about how, or where, that training would be accomplished…

…Defense officials say legislation would be required to authorize the military to conduct a training program for the opposition. Last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved such a measure, authorizing the Pentagon to provide equipment, training and supplies to aid vetted members of the Syrian opposition…



The entire article is at Reason.com



Update:   Obama to leave 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan  (video)

President Obama revealed his long-awaited plan for Afghanistan on Tuesday, announcing that a residual force of 9,800 U.S. troops will remain there for one year following the end of combat operations in December. That number will be cut in half at the end of 2015, and reduced at the end of 2016 to a small military presence at the U.S. Embassy.

The plan, despite White House warnings early this year of a possible “zero option,” is largely in line with what the U.S. military had requested. It also is in line with what NATO and other international partners said was necessary for them to retain a presence in Afghanistan…



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