Multinational military exercise ‘Eager Lion’ has been launched in Jordan amid condemnation from neighboring Syria and its ally Russia. The US brings Patriot missile batteries to the Syrian border, which could remain deployed afterwards.
The exercises will last for 12 days, bringing together about 8,000 personnel from 19 countries, mostly Arabic, but also including the US and Europe. The maneuvers will also involve some 3,000 Jordanian and 500 British troops.
‘Eager Lion’ – which is being conducted only 120km from the Jordan-Syria border – is aimed at training personnel for the possibility of the Syrian civil war spilling into neighboring countries.
……The organizers of ‘Eager Lion’ say that the troops involved will also train for the possibility of a chemical attack, as Syria’s neighbors fear that Damascus may lose control of its chemical weapons arsenal, which could then fall into the wrong hands.
“We all have chemical training from any activity, so we continue to build those objectives into any exercise that we do,” said US Major General Robert Catalanotti, the Director of Exercises and Training.
Last week the US military revealed it may indefinitely leave behind the Patriot batteries and F-16s deployed in Jordan due to the threat of the violence in Syria crossing into Jordanian territory.
Thursday the White House announced that the American intelligence community assesses, with a level of high confidence, that the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against the opposition multiple times, in a limited fashion. Now that it is clear Assad has crossed the Obama red line by using chemical weapons, the question is, has this changed the president’s “calculus,” as he said it might? The media is reporting that it has. According to the press, Obama has decided to arm the opposition.
……In other words, we still don’t know whether the White House is going to arm the Syrian opposition, or if Obama just means to create the impression that he is indeed enforcing his red lines. In either case, it’s a mess.
Assad’s regime is bad enough, but as with any Islamic nation-state, the opposition is usually just another side of the same damned coin. When the ‘rebels’ are supported by the likes of hardline Islamists, there is no lesser of two evils.
Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser says that there’s “greater certainty that we can get stuff into the country, but also that we can put it into the right hands”.
Yeah, right. Dump weapons into a sewer of Islamic zealots and see where they end up. Most of the arms shipped to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists.
Obama’s dicked up foreign policy is a world-wide laughing stock. Every “rebel” organization he’s supported turned out to be as bad if not worse than the regime they overthrew. He backed his Muslim Brotherhood pals against the deposed Hosni Mubarak, and Egypt is now full blown Islamofascist.
The so-called “Arab Spring” brought the worst of the worst muzzie cockroaches out from the woodwork. It was inevitable.
Wanna get rid of the Hadji excrement that threatens Western civilization and commits world-wide atrocities in the name of their violent theocracy? In the words of Warrant Officer Ellen Louise Ripley in Aliens:
Nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.