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Putin: Kerry’s Claim Of ‘Moderate’ Rebels Is A Lie

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Russia’s Putin calls John Kerry a liar on Syria

September 5, 2013

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, claiming he had denied that al-Qaida was fighting with the Syrian opposition in that country’s civil war.

Speaking to his human rights council, Putin recalled watching a congressional debate where Kerry was asked about al-Qaida. Putin said he had denied that it was operating in Syria, even though he was aware of the al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra group.

Putin said: "This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them (the Americans) and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad."

It may be sad but it’s nothing new. Mr. Kerry has made a political career out of lying.

It was unclear exactly what Putin was referencing, but Kerry was asked Tuesday while testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee if the Syrian opposition had become more infiltrated by al-Qaida.

Kerry responded that that was "basically incorrect" and that the opposition has "increasingly become more defined by its moderation." …

Oh, our sides.

When asked if a strike would make al-Nusra and other extremist forces stronger, Kerry responded, "No, I don’t believe you do (make them stronger). As a matter of fact, I think you actually make the opposition stronger. And the opposition is getting stronger by the day now." …

Wait a minute, isn’t their opposition the Assad regime? We need a scorecard.

In testimony Wednesday, Kerry said that he didn’t agree that "a majority (of the opposition) are al- Qaida and the bad guys." Extremists amount to 15 to 25 percent of the opposition, he said, including al-Nusra and many other groups that are "fighting each other, even now." …

That sure sounds like what Joe Biden said about the Taliban. Such as, "The Taliban is not our enemy." And that only 5% of them are ‘incourrageable.’ And Joe Biden is Obama’s ‘foreign policy expert.’

Putin also repeated Russia’s position that any use of military force against Syria without the approval of the U.N. Security Council would be an act of aggression.

That is also the UN’s position. In fact, the UN says it would be against international law. The UN has laid down a red line.

Meanwhile, here is an update on Kerry’s ‘moderates,’ via the New York Times (of all places):

Brutality of Syrian Rebels Posing Dilemma in West

By C. J. CHIVERS | September 5, 2013

The Syrian rebels posed casually, standing over their prisoners with firearms pointed down at the shirtless and terrified men. The prisoners, seven in all, were captured Syrian soldiers. Five were trussed, their backs marked with red welts. They kept their faces pressed to the dirt as the rebels’ commander recited a bitter revolutionary verse.

“For fifty years, they are companions to corruption,” he said. “We swear to the Lord of the Throne, that this is our oath: We will take revenge.”

The moment the poem ended, the commander, known as “the Uncle,” fired a bullet into the back of the first prisoner’s head. His gunmen followed suit, promptly killing all the men at their feet.

This scene, documented in a video smuggled out of Syria a few days ago by a former rebel who grew disgusted by the killings, offers a dark insight into how many rebels have adopted some of the same brutal and ruthless tactics as the regime they are trying to overthrow.

So where are the videos of the ruthless regime do this kind of thing?

As the United States debates whether to support the Obama administration’s proposal that Syrian forces should be attacked for using chemical weapons against civilians, this video, shot in April, joins a growing body of evidence of an increasingly criminal environment populated by gangs of highwaymen, kidnappers and killers…

In the more than two years this civil war has carried on, a large part of the Syrian opposition has formed a loose command structure that has found support from several Arab nations, and, to a more limited degree, the West. Other elements of the opposition have assumed an extremist cast, and openly allied with Al Qaeda.

Across much of Syria, where rebels with Western support live and fight, areas outside of government influence have evolved into a complex guerrilla and criminal landscape. That has raised the prospect that American military action could inadvertently strengthen Islamic extremists and criminals…

We only question exactly how ‘inadvertent’ it all is, after seeing what has happened in Egypt and Libya.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 5th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Putin: Kerry’s Claim Of ‘Moderate’ Rebels Is A Lie”

  1. untrainable says:

    What does it say about me that I am more likely to believe Putin than I am to believe anything coming out of John Kerry’s pie hole?

    • Noyzmakr says:

      You said it! I feel almost guilty agreeing with Putin, and I also agree with Astravogel that Putin is just pointing out the obvious.

      How corrupt has our government become under this regime that we are beginning to agree with thugs and the UN?

      I have to go wash my hands for even typing that statement.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      PS. I wonder if Uncle is the same rebel that was cutting out hearts and eating them? Nice people president mom jeans wants to align us with.

  2. Astravogel says:

    Putin is just pointing out what everybody knows.

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