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For joining us why has it taken so long for the US to get weapons to the rebels as was expected back in April let me is heavily but.
Yet dominate -- spin us -- essentially the administration or earlier this year legislative event as a matter of policy you wanted to start providing the rebels with summit it.
Initially they decided that the best course of action was providing -- -- and stuff like food.
Possibly vehicle's radio communications equipment things along those lines however this summer in June.
They decided it -- bad to given their concerns about president Assad was using chemical weapons.
They wanted to upped the ante and actually get the rebels what they need -- the most which -- weapons and ammunitions however.
This has been a protracted debate people on the hill have raised questions it's been difficult to logistically getting this applies -- the Turkish border where they're being distributed.
And it's only in recent weeks is that the pipelines have begun flowing.
Well one of the issues -- who who precisely giving these weapons team we noted the waters of the giving can actually be track -- kinda weapons are they giving them.
And is it just AK 47 isn't how we visit Minnesota level the playing field against the Syrian government forces.
That's a key question.
But the rebels say they need the most are heavy weapons anti tank and anti aircraft missiles.
And that's something Washington isn't very very reluctant to do based on its bad experiences in the past -- -- -- such as Afghanistan.
Where -- the time it seem like a good idea to empower some rebels but then those weapons the wound up in the wrong hands and -- very difficult to track.
So for the time being -- the Americans have come up with a plan that's pretty interest and what they did it was.
Just bring it and they distributed a lot of -- -- -- these military ready to eat meals.
And they distributed them through.
Part of the Syrian opposition movement that that that they think -- seven more moderate and that they think are people they can work within it and trust.
And what they wanted to do -- see if they could unload a lot of these meals ready indeed across the border and prevent them from reaching the hands of jihadist the rebels that have America does not want to back.
And not experiments they feel went fine they think they did you know that the relatively little stuff went to tell -- to the wrong side of the front lines.
That encourage them to start to the the weapons -- plan.
So what a sad case of do we now know who exactly it is we're arming and do we know exactly what it is that we giving them -- that.
If it's small -- pulls it is it really gonna make tactical difference or is it just mentioned.
Created a gesture of parents of the gesture of support to rebels -- -- been asking this for us to -- The US has decided that it can work with any recently defected Syrian general who's the leader of the supreme military council of this is what the American -- -- -- the backbone of the armed opposition.
And so -- they think failure that he has set up fairly solid chain of command -- he has you know fairly decent lieutenants.
And today in a mechanism to provide weapons -- the rebels that that will be held accountable and that are not extremists.
However you know.
I think of the Americans have little disability and and what's happening across the border now once you unload these weapons.
You don't really know who these rebel units.
You know -- these rebels are.
How many -- that there might be tactically in the field with -- artists.
And -- how these groups evolve over time.
I'm what the rebels have needed desperately recently has been -- ammunition because they've been in constructive -- sitting at 110 in the north.
In another key battlegrounds that they held for a long time and then started losing to the regime so.
They've been clamoring just for simple ammunition and simple weapons simply to hold the line.
If they are to make advances in the long run when the men the coming months they're gonna need some more firepower.
-- -- fire power comics the United States can't provide it we've heard that Qatar is -- provided weapons in the possibly for the saudis have been providing you can we see actually heaviest stuff comes from the and it.
Comedian get something like -- support in that eventually.
That's certainly a possibility I think I think there's there's the widespread assumption that the United States has acted as somewhat of a gatekeeper when it comes to what weapons are flowing across the border in the United States has strong ties from both -- -- And Saudi Arabia and both countries are supporting the rebels -- You know there's if there's many questions about what this intervention will become in the months ahead and I think.
-- a lot of it will depend on how much traction and you get diplomatically how much of a sense you get bit.
But there's been you know some movement in some success in getting Syria to relinquish its stockpile of chemical weapons I think if you were to see progress on my front.
You might see American officials hitting the brakes on their military involvement just because it's a risky.
However -- diplomatic talks collapsed.
In Washington and you know simply wants to senior rebel victory against the Asad regime.
You know have an incentive to -- to do stuff that is riskier and -- what -- you know bigger weapons in the hands of these troubles.
The weapons that we have -- -- really kind of contradict what the united has been -- sitting criticizing Russia's fold all these months since the war soft and the fact that the Russians left.
Arming them right the -- the -- regime now the United States is is arming the rebels.
How is that gonna disrupt the negotiations taking place in -- -- -- between between Washington and Moscow.
It's a very good question the timing and certainly very very awkward for.
For the United States and what it is trying to accomplish through Russia.
It's the Syrian president given an area recently that says that he was amenable to relinquishing his chemical stockpile.
As long as Washington Washington stop arming the rebels and as long as Washington put on hold it do you have a military strike.
However you know I don't get a sense that now that these -- -- that finally begun to flow.
And that many people in congress are you know sort of applauding this movie and and and calling him you know while long delayed.
A milestone in America's involvement in Syria.
I think it's going to be harder to stop I think I think people -- Worldly likely -- -- -- policy in this it if you see some some serious unintended consequences and you start seeing evidence of these weapons.
People that we don't feel comfortable supporting.
Or being used in a way that that is that is questionable for example in you know human rights abuses executions.
Conduct on the battlefield that is reprehensible.
And that is the biggest risk and all of this and -- -- don't know the Washington Post thank you very much for joining us.
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