◼ Christian and Alawite civilians in Syria will have further reason to despair, this week, when they find out that the president of the United States has decided to waive federal law in order to continue arming their barbaric tormentors. - Nice Deb
◼ Obama waives ban on arming terrorists to allow aid to Syrian opposition - Joel Gehrke/Washington Examiner @joelmentum
President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to "vetted" opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.
Some elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, which was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., in 2001. Assad's regime is backed by Iran and Hezbollah.
The president, citing his authority under the Arms Export Control Act, announced today that he would "waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A of the AECA related to such a transaction.
◼ According to sources, arms shipments of light weapons and other munitions were delivered to the rebels as well as nonlethal gear like sophisticated communications equipment, advanced combat medical kits and vehicles. - The Blaze