Ayman al-Zawahiri

Just as the Obama Administration is demanding Assad give up chemical weapons they are arming the other side of the Syrian Civil War. Not surprisingly the Assad government is furious and demanding that the US stop giving weapons to people trying to kill them if they want their cooperation. Seems like a pretty reasonable request.

President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday Washington must stop arming rebels and stop threatening military force if it wanted a plan for Syria to hand over chemical weapons to work.

“When we see that the United States truly desires stability in our region and stops threatening and seeking to invade, as well as stops arms supplies to terrorists then we can believe that we can follow through with the necessary processes,” he told Russian television, adding that Washington should dispense with the “politics of threats.”

So is the ultimate policy goal regime change? Otherwise giving Al Qaeda-linked rebels guns and support seems very reckless as it jeopardizes the publicly stated primary goal of securing chemical weapons. Please give up all your chemical weapons so we can overthrow you more easily. Hard sell.

Meanwhile the leader of some of the people the Obama Administration is arming has called for renewed attacks on American soil.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Al-Qaeda leader, has called on followers to commit attacks inside the US to “bleed America economically”, in a speech marking the anniversary of the 9/11 strikes…

“We should bleed America economically by provoking it to continue in its massive expenditure on its security, for the weak point of America is its economy, which has already begun to stagger due to the military and security expenditure,” he said.

Shows what you know, Ayman. Most of the destruction of the middle class was due to what we did to ourselves in the financial crisis. Maybe if Al Qaeda started an investment bank America would worry about your economic threats. Until then, you are small time.

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