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"The new Middle East coverup: Biden caught in Syria debate falsehood
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Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post

First there was the Libya coverup. Now, we have the Syria coverup.

In last week’s vice presidential debate,
Joe Biden asserted that the United States was working to isolate
al-Qaeda in Syria by ensuring that aid was directed to moderate elements
of the Syrian opposition. “We are working hand and glove with the
Turks, with the Jordanians, with the Saudis, and with all the people in
the region attempting to identify the people who deserve the help so
that when Assad goes — and he will go — there will be a legitimate
government that follows on, not an al-Qaeda-sponsored government that
follows on,” Biden declared.

Paul Ryan immediately challenged Biden’s claim, saying that the
administration’s inaction has allowed al-Qaeda to get a foothold in
Syria. “The longer this has gone on, the more people, groups like
al-Qaeda are going in,” Ryan said, adding, “We could have more easily
identified the Free Syrian Army, the freedom fighters, working with our
allies, the Turks, the Qataris, the Saudis, had we had a better plan in
place.”

Biden denied it, declaring: “We are in the process now —
and have been for months — in making sure that help, humanitarian aid,
as well as other aid and training is getting to those forces that we
believe, the Turks believe, the Jordanians believe, the Saudis believe
are the free forces inside of Syria. That is underway.”

Well, according to a report in this morning’s New York Times, Biden’s statement was not true.

“Most
of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply
Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going
to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition
groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials
and Middle Eastern diplomats,”
the Times reports.

The paper
quotes one U.S. official as saying, “The opposition groups that are
receiving the most of the lethal aid are exactly the ones we don’t want
to have it,” adding that “officials, voicing frustration, say there is
no central clearinghouse for the shipments, and no effective way of
vetting the groups that ultimately receive them.

In other words,
what Biden said was false. Worse yet, Biden knew his statement was
untrue when he said it. According to the Times, “President Obama and
other senior officials are aware [of this conclusion] from classified
assessments of the Syrian conflict that has now claimed more than 25,000
lives,” adding the intelligence assessments “casts into doubt whether
the White House’s strategy of minimal and indirect intervention in the
Syrian conflict is accomplishing its intended purpose of helping a
democratic-minded opposition topple an oppressive government, or is
instead sowing the seeds of future insurgencies hostile to the United
States.”

If this is the assessment of our intelligence community,
why did Biden say the exact opposite in the debate last week? When Biden
was asked during the debate why requests for additional security in
Libya were denied, he pleaded ignorance and blamed the State Department,
declaring: “We weren’t told they wanted more security there.” But in
the case of Syria, the Times reports, the President and his national
security team were told that the aid was going to “hard-line
Islamic jihadists.” Yet Biden plainly asserted aid was going to “people
who deserve the help” and “free forces inside Syria” and not jihadists.
It is simply implausible that, if President Obama and his top national
security advisers were aware of the intelligence assessments, Biden was
not.

The revelation that the Obama administration has presided
over the development of an arms pipeline to al-Qaeda in Syria — and
Biden’s apparently deliberate untruth about it in last week’s debate —
is the latest Obama foreign policy coverup. With foreign policy on the
agenda in tomorrow’s presidential debate, Mitt Romney has a golden
opportunity to challenge the president on his administration’s latest
national security scandal.

Speaking at the Virginia Military Institute
last week, Romney said that because of Obama’s failure to lead in Syria
“we are missing an historic opportunity to win new friends who share
our values in the Middle East.” He declared “it is essential that we
develop influence with those forces in Syria that will one day lead a
country that sits at the heart of the Middle East” and promised that he
would “work with our partners to identify and organize those members of
the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they
need to defeat Assad’s tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets.”

Biden
looked the American people in the eye last week and told them the Obama
administration was doing exactly that. He apparently knew it was not
so. Romney needs to ask the president tomorrow night: How is it that
most of the aid in Syria is going to al-Qaeda and its allies? Why did
your administration knowingly mislead the American people about this?
And when are you going to stop subcontracting our responsibilities to
others and start making sure aid and training get to those who share
this nation’s values?

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