The Council Has Spoken!! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results


The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

With the headlines going to the Fiscal Cliff and the Left’s attack on the Second Amendment, not many people are really looking at foreign policy too closely these days. Mrs. Clinton’s fortuitous concussion and subsequent inability to testify even took the Benghazi debacle off the radar, at least for now.


Another debacle in the making no one’s focusing on is the Obama Administration’s handling of the civil war in Syria, where as this week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s A Game Change In Syria   reveals,  the war is approaching a climax as President Obama and his team assist yet another  radical Muslim Brotherhood and salafist regime to power. Here’s a slice:

The situation in the Syrian insurgency has changed in an interesting way.

We started out with the Obama administration actually supporting Bashir Assad – remember Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referring to Assad as a ‘reformer’ and Senator John Kerry shilling for U.S. aid to him?

The next twist in the road was the Obama administration supporting the insurgents, consisting of the Syrian National Council(SNC) and the Syrian Free Army, a group put together at the insistence of President Obama’s closest friend among foreign leaders, Tayyip Erdogan and the Islamist Turkish government. The U.S. government has been supplying them with arms and some training via Turkey and Jordan while Qatar and the Saudis have been supplying most of the funding.

Of course, the problem is that the SNC and the Syrian Free Army are controlled in their entirety by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Salafists, some of them outright al-Qaeda affiliates like Jabhat al-Nusra. Apparently this troubling fact just came to light in Washington.

So the next step was to put together yet another insurgent group of Syrian ‘moderates’ to back, the Syrian Opposition Coalition,(SOC)and the associated Joint Military Council because, in President Obama’s words, it was “now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population, that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime.”

Except that there are just a few problems. Mere details.

This new coalition, formed in Qatar is only two thirds composed of members of the Muslim Brotherhood or their affiliates.

The leader of the SOC is one Ahmed Mouaz al-Khatib, former imam of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, and – wait for it – a religious cleric closely allied to the Damascus branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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