Earlier this year, President Obama signed legislation that provided $500 million to fund ‘moderate’ Syrian groups that just happened to also be on the Terror watch list. This program also blew up in the President’s face as it was later reported that the money sent to train hundreds of Syrian fighters only ever trained five of them.
So it should be no surprise that Obama is going back to the well again, and in the newest Defense appropriations bill, the President is designating $800 million now that will go to support terrorist groups in both Syria and Ukraine.
President Barack Obama has signed the Pentagon funding bill giving $800 million in aid to both “moderate rebels” in Syria and the Kiev regime. Obama also vowed to work around provisions blocking the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2016 on the eve of Thanksgiving, a four-day holiday for most Americans. He previously vetoed the $612 billion bill in a well-publicized ceremony in October, arguing that the lawmakers dodged the spending limits by shifting money into the warfighting slush fund.
Although Congress then trimmed the bill down to $607 billion, the cuts did not affect the $300 million aid to the Ukrainian government, or the “zombie” surveillance blimp program that has cost nearly $3 billion so far. It also left almost $500 million dedicated to arming and training “moderate rebels” in Syria – a program the Pentagon had already abandoned. – Russia Today
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) are always labeled differently depending upon who Washington is at war with. After the attacks on 9/11, Al Qaeda became an enemy of the state, and the number one group along with the Taliban for terrorist labeling. However, when President Obama took office, these groups, along with the Muslim Brotherhood, were accepted as allies that even held high positions in the Administration, and are now being funded, rather than fought, by Congress and the White House.
In addition to Muslim terror organizations that Obama has and is funding to fight in Syria and try to overthrow Bashir Assad, the Maidan rebels that took over Ukraine more than a year ago are also recognized as a terror group as they have been long understood to be neo-nazi’s interested in political takeover. And with Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland admitting that the U.S. funded this and other groups with $5 billion to overthrow the duly elected Kiev government, there is a pattern where the U.S. no longer designates groups as terrorists if they are fighting on the side of American foreign policy.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for Secretsofthefed.com, Examiner.com, Roguemoney.net, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.