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Obama Pledges Indirect Support to Al Qaeda. McCain Applauds.

Written by Gary North on June 14, 2013

President Obama has promised to send military aid to the rebel forces in Syria. Senator McCain and ex-President Clinton both had publicly chastised Obama for hesitating.

On Tuesday evening, Clinton warned Obama that he risked looking like a “total wuss” and a “total fool” if he continued to sit to the sidelines.

On Wednesday, Obama made his pledge to do what Clinton recommended. The White House has not yet identified which accusation President Obama is trying to avoid: being a total wuss or a total fool.

This announcement was good news for the Jabhat al Nusra Front, which is one of the rebel groups. Its chief recently swore allegiance to Sheik Ayman al-Zawahri, who is generally regarded as having replaced Osama bin Laden as the head of Al Qaeda. USA Today reports the following.

Lebanese Sheik Omar Bakri, a Salafist who says states must be governed by Muslim religious law, says al-Qaeda has assisted al Nusra for some time.

“They provided them early on with technical, military and financial support , especially when it came to setting up networks of foreign jihadis who were brought into Syria,” Bakri says. “There will certainly be greater coordination between the two groups.”

The United States government last December identified al Nusra as a terrorist entity.

Officially, the Obama Administration has said that its goal is to send arms only to non-terrorist troops fighting in Syria. Unfortunately, this goal has not gained widespread support in Syria.

Tamer Mouhieddine, spokesman for the Syrian Free Army, a force made up of Syrian soldiers who have defected, said the recent announcements would not change his group’s attitude toward al Nusra.

“The rebels in Syria have one common enemy — Bashar Assad — and they will collaborate with any faction allowing them to topple his regime,” he said.

Economic theory teaches that whenever a government subsidy increases the supply of any scarce resource, the tendency is for the price of the subsidized item to decline. This price decrease increases demand for the subsidized item. This mean that weapons flowing from the United States government to rebel forces in Syria will result in lower prices for the al Nusra Front.

By reducing the price of participating in the rebellion, the United States government will lower al Nusra’s costs. Economic law is true: “When prices fall, more is demanded.”

This is why, economically speaking, the United States government will be subsidizing participation in a terrorist organization in the Middle East. The subsidy is indirect, but it is no less real economically than a shipment of weapons directly to al Nusra.

Because al Nusra’s cost of obtaining weapons will fall, this will free up al Nusra’s economic resources for charitable work. It uses these resources to gain support in the Syrian countryside.

Aaron Zelin at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington says al Nusra’s ability to provide security and basic needs such as bread and fuel to Syrian civilians, as well as to reopen shops and restart bus services, has won gratitude from people who would not usually adhere to its strict ideology.

Zelin says some Syrian people have criticized al Nusra for banning alcohol, forcing women to wear a full veil and whipping men who are seen with women in public.

When you think “al Nusra,” think “Taliban.”

The effect of any U.S. government subsidy to the “good” rebel forces in Syria will be to subsidize the “bad” rebel forces.

This is what is known as a side effect. A side effect is an effect that the person causing the effect does not approve of. There will be lots of side effects in Syria as a result of Obama’s new policy.

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61 thoughts on “Obama Pledges Indirect Support to Al Qaeda. McCain Applauds.

  1. fireladybetty says:

    what can one say? besides we have an insane muslim in the white house that is supose to a president. but he can't quit playing games long enough to be president. sent him to his room in Kenya for the next 3 years and 6 months. see if that will stop him from playing games with people lives and then act like he knows nothing.

  2. jheasler12175 says:

    I think we should just stay out of Syria and let the Islamic dastards kill each other. It will save us the trouble of having to do it in the future.

  3. Aiding & Abetting an enemy of the United States of America is treason…& Obama wants to bring another 100,000 +terrorist into our country?

  4. This is why he has waited so long to get involved. He knows know that now any victory will help the formation of a new Muslim nation that will not be friendly to the US and sit back and say it is Democracy at work. Pure manipulation of both the Syria and American people. This is another fake I care about you from the hater of America, Obama!

  5. A war on Syria would be a fine distraction from all the scandals. He will also need a distraction when then Obamacare bills hit next year. Queue War On Iran.

  6. geneww1938 says:

    McCain is a traitor and a disgrace to every patriotic and Godly person.
    Being captured and surviving for seven years does not make a person a hero. Innocent people sit in jails for much longer and that does not make them any hero either.

  7. My thoughts exactly!

  8. McCan is a TRAITOR. Iknow he is a ex pow from viet nam. I use to have a lot of respct for him, until heturned progressive Democrat. (Communist). Now h ides wth the very people that are destroying our country.

  9. It's the globalists in both major political parties who are the problem for America.

    The globalist control-freak Progs who hijacked the Democrat Party from true freedom-loving Liberals loyal to America, and also the globalists who have virtually wrested control of the GOP as well.

    Just look at who in Congress is supporting the globalist agenda to give amnesty. Anyone with an IQ above that of a turnip should be able to realize that amnesty would only serve to attract millions more job-stealing illegals here.

    The globalists are bent on eroding U.S. sovereignty and dissolving our border. Bush was / is a globalist, among others in the GOP. He was a strong advocate for NAFTA, and just a couple months ago came out in strong support for 'brother-globalist" Obama's amnesty plan.

    Non-partisan NumbersUSA rated Obama an F minus on immigration. But also rated McCain an F minus. Any Republican currently supporting amnesty, even with conditions, is a globalist. And that includes Rand Paul. NumbersUSA also rates six Democrats in Congress an A or an A plus. Those are but the few remaining true Liberals loyal to America.

    Ted Cruz, despite being Hispanic, is staunchly opposed to amnesty, because he puts America's best interests first.

  10. mike grunewald says:

    McvCaIn is useless,just look at this A..hole he even looks retard

  11. McCain is a disgrace to The United States of America.

  12. awkingsley says:

    Six trillion dollars and counting on Middle East wars, and the U.S. is getting involved in another war. Americans need to march en masse on our incompetent government in Washington. The Christians are fighting with Assad, so that is probably the reason Obama chose to support the rebels. Our unprovoked attacks in the Middle East radicalized Muslims, and now Christians are persecuted. Since Republicans keep promoting more wars in the Middle East, I believe we can safely assume there are no Christians left among the Republicans. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/05/07/mass-ex

  13. Why are we getting involved here ? Didn't the dummies in the Obama administration learn their lesson from the Libya fiasco ? We should stay out of Syria and let the parties duke it out. At least they will be busy fight each other and too busy to launch more attacks on us. I am sorry to admit I voted for McCain. He seems to be getting about as senile as John Dingell, and has been around Congress for far too long…

  14. Foolish to prop up the rebels. Rebel = Al Qaida = Taliban = radical Muslims. They will take anything we give them, use it to take power, and then use it against us. Only the Muslim-in-Chief could get away with such an obviously stupid move. He should have drawn a red line through his "red line" comment. Better to be a wuss than a dumb ass.

  15. I think it was the wuss title he was trying to avoid being a fool is his nature and he can't avoid that

  16. Jeanne Stotler says:

    Clinton wants him to do this as then Hillary can use it in a campaign, "Look he did all this wrong, ha, now you see why you should have supported me" James Monroe said we should stay out of other countries problems, I agree.

  17. America: Making the Middle East safe for radical Islamist regimes since 2003.

  18. Stick to economics, Gary, you don't know what you're talking about here.

    Oh wait.. you're not even good with economics, so…nevermind. Just stop talking – period.

  19. And you guys voted for him in 2008. LOL.

  20. I applaud McCain for his military service – but, he is an embarrassment as a poliyician.

  21. lucky3511 says:

    This confirms our Fraudulent Muslim Presidents support for everything Muslim. While Boehner, Reid, Pelosi, McCain & Upchuck and the gang of eight are all confirming their strong support for Al Quaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. Our government has abandoned us. We now have to fight back. The Muslim Brotherhood is now an integral part of our gangster government

  22. oldgringo says:


  23. oldgringo says:

    Arab Spring was an invention of the New World Order…The Elitist who wish to rule the Universe!

  24. Bob Marshall says:

    The U.S. arms the Syrian Rebels with what? In the war between Iraq and Iran the U.S. supplied arms, munitions and chemical weapons to Iraq. In the Iraqi war the U.S. used napalm and depleted uranium against Iraq. much of the weaponry used against Saddam and the people of Iraq were considered weapons of mass destruction. Over one million men, women and children died as a result. If America uses weapons of mass destruction the damage they cause is as Bush said, just "collateral damage." The U.S. used the Taliban in Afghanistan against the Russians in which over 20,000 Taliban were killed.. Then after driving Russia out of Afghanistan, the U.S. abandoned them. The U.S. recover maps left behind by fleeing Russians that revealed huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt and lithium. General David H. Petraeus stated that there is huge potential her so the Pentagon sent a task force to help the Afghans set up a system to deal with these finds. It was estimated that thee sources came to almost one trillion dollars.

  25. Erik Osbun says:

    This move is stupid, because it invites Russia into the game. Russia will not allow Assad to fall.

  26. Carol Goodwin says:

    How can McCain, a veteran, applaud this narcissistic bastard's actions?

  27. ChrisInWI says:

    I'm sorry. Mr McCain may occasionally pop up and say something that sounds reasonably well thought through and consistent with his allegedly conservative values, but more often he seems to say and stand for whatever he thinks will get him the most brownie points with the liberal media.

    Mr McCain may at one time have been an honorable man. I think however he has made far too much political hay from his years of communist captivity, and there may be some truth to the thought that the experience damaged him mentally.

    If Mr Obama had decided to hang his political fortunes on the white half of his parentage, he would not be in office today. Every criticism of him and his misguided politics is deflected as being "racist". McCain similarly holds up his military service and captivity as a political cross against Dracula.

    Mr McCain, you've had your day in the sun. It's time to step down and retire, if you can't manage to be a little more brave and consistent in defending this country and its Constitution, and less concerned with your own political popularity among people who are never going to like you (unless you formally declare yourself to be a Democrat).

  28. And that worthless non-quip was brought to you be S.h.a.n.e.

  29. And that worthless non-quip was brought to you by S.h.a.n.e.

  30. MARYANN33 says:

    McCain has to go…he should resign…He has lost his mind.

  31. MARYANN33 says:

    God is making his move now about Syria…Shame on this country to get mixed up in their business and support terrorists.

  32. MARYANN33 says:

    I don't think he was any good in the military either…He was a daddy's sorry boy….Never could measure up.

  33. victor barney says:

    Scary, isn't it? What's even worse, is that this is just the BEGINNING of what our verbally affluent "women alone" voted for! p.s. Welcome to Adam's world, who gets equal blame(Rev. chapter 11). Ouch!

  34. Victor Barney says:

    Revelation, chapter 18, verse 10 clearly states that our "Jewish"(not Greek) Savior "Yahshua" returns & totally destroys ALL Islam FOREVER! However, only 144,000 Anglo-Saxons will be left alive to see it(Rev. chapter 11). Again, OUCH!

  35. Who do you think he would support? Since he is a muslime himself. and has one goal ,that is to make America Muslime.

  36. NO, I think we should sit this one out. We are not the world's keeper. We have many crisis' at home to deal with.

  37. Virgil_Hilts says:

    Brilliant…just brilliant. We are supplying the worse of two sides….and the feckless FUBAR-AK once again has NO CLUE! Does he have ANYONE on board who has ANY concept of who or what the hell they are supporting? I doubt it. When the Russians get involved in protecting and securing their ONLY warm water port IN THE WORLD…and supply arms to ASSAD to counter-balance things…what will the Chocolate Messiah do then? He is as clueless as a rock, and with the attention span of a dog looking at a ceiling fan…let alone possessing ANY grasp of such politics and warfare. He'll utter some grandiose statements full of fluff and meaning phrases that resemble 'We are the people we have been waiting for." That was dumber than Eisenhower, who once said "Things are more like they are now than they have ever been before."

    FUBARAK is not a Churchill nor Disraeli nor an Alexander Hamilton…he is Neville Chamberlain.

    AND….what might IRAN do?

  38. Virgil_Hilts says:

    Supplying ARMS to the residents of a country declared, by Federal Law, as a 'Terrorist State", such as LIBYA was so designated…and Syria probably is also (I don't have the list)…is ALSO aid and comfort to our enemies…a serious legal violation. BAH! HUMBUG! What are a few Federal Laws to 'The Anointed One'?

  39. drgizmorgr77 says:

    itsa trap, a trick… all those guns shoot backwards …and kill the user… we can only hope!

  40. drgizmorgr77 says:

    well it will only end " the economy sooner rather than later" the end is no longer politics it is now math… it ends soon!

  41. drgizmorgr77 says:

    i hate to say this … but one of the ways of torture there, was to sting you up and drop you on the floor … he must have hit his head too many times and now all that brain damage is affecting his judgement… just saying

  42. drgizmorgr77 says:

    be care ful what you say… you know who is reading all of this ….

  43. If Obama were in charge in the US. Some of the comments posted here might be worth reading. When Obama who is has not been showing an aggressive interest in helping out the bad guys in Syria because of how the Libya Benghazi deal backfired comers home from a visit with BiBi and all of the sudden is a believer in RED LINES tells anyone with a lick of sense who really runs American Foreign and Domestic policy. America is doomed. We are toast. For Wolfowitz and his pals in Israel its win win. Syria today, Iran tomorrow, Lebanon the day after and We the People on Tuesday. On Wednesday Netanyahu finishers off what's left of the Palestinian Arab's Christian's and other's who are desperately trying to hold onto what little bits of land not already stolen from them in the occupied territories, And the the following day the slimeballs that sold our great grand fathers the Federal Reserve in 1913 bring in their one world government.

  44. McLame as usual plays the fool and tool to this poor excuse of a Commander in chief. He's come to be a disgrace as a senator.Shame on him

  45. The Syrian "rebels" are mercenaries (the vast majority are not even Syrian). The notion that the "rebels" are part of some spontaneous uprising by the Syrian people is sheer propaganda. These "rebels" are funded and supplied by the US and Israel, who want to overthrow Assad as part of the long-range plan to encircle and invade Iran.

    The current toady in the White House is trying to appear "butch" on the subject of Syria because — like the GOP — both parties have completely failed to fix the numerous problems in THIS country. As I've been saying since 9-11, the Dems and the GOP have merged into one party dedicated to perpetual war in order to preserve private central banking. The fact that Republican McCain and Democrat Clinton are cheering Obama on, just proves this point.

  46. I, for one would prefer accuracy in the information presented. Granted There are rebels or if one prefers “Freedom fighters” in Syrua, to use a blanket headline liek “Obama pledges indirect support to Al qaedea” after reiewing the article is at best misleading, I trust that such “hype” would be not the standard for information I hae come to expect from teaparty economist.com. While the rest of the information is fairly well presented, such labeling or titling seems less than professional and intended for more “knee jerk” reactions than real information. I trust that this was a one time oversight and not the “new normal” Thank you for the information, oeverall and your time.

  47. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Correct! Removing the Secular dictator Sadam Hussein allowed the emergence of a Shi'ite Muslim controlled Iraq, also greatly empowering Shi'ite Iran. Over a million Christians had to flee Iraq!

  48. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Above all politics McCain is PRO WAR!

  49. Seymour Kleerly says:

    What a deceptive, distorted title for this article. Any wonder why the Right is in freefall?

  50. Take a good long look at Washington D.C. and the list of traitors residing there is almost endless.

  51. Bob Marshall says:

    Clinton used the War in Bosnia to get people minds off of the Lewinsky scandal. Obama is using another one of Saul Alinsky's tactics.

  52. Obama told the world his stand, but the "mainscream media" intentionally ignored it.
    “ I will stand with the Muslims, if the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
    Barack Hussein Obama, The Audacity of Hope

  53. Yes…Rand Paul shot himself in the foot supporting amnesty. Too bad.

  54. Obama overplayed his hand in Syria http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2013/06/obama-m

  55. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Actually, to everyone else on the planet other than Right Wingnuts, the slaughter in Bosnia was slightly more important than Clinton's sexcapades.

  56. I didn't vote for him…or Romney either
    Nothing but constitutionalists now on for me

  57. Mc Cain was never honorable….the Vietnamese called him the songbird

  58. Bob Marshall says:

    Bill Clinton, February 1994 'Until those folks get tired of killing each other over there bad things will continue to happen.' At the time he made this statement, 0ver 4,000 women had been raped on both sides during the ongoing war in Bosnia.

  59. Clarence Crosby says:

    Obama is a muslim , but McCain is just mentally ill and should be in a hospital .

  60. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Bush and Quale did not lift a finger when they should have. Anyhow what's your point?

  61. lucky3511 says:

    Of course our demoncrap president and Legislation along with the RINO's are doing a great job in destroying USA. I cannot see a way out for us. The polls only offer votes for Traitors. Unless we get a surprise and The army fooled Obama and they take over. Then America may survive