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Are You a Moderate? Are You a Syrian Rebel?

If so, apply now for funds, training, and weapons. Please fill in this form and return it to the White House, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, DC, USA.

From the New Yorker's Borowitz Report:

WASHINGTON—After announcing, on Thursday, that it would seek $500 million to help “train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the moderate Syrian armed opposition,” the White House today posted the following Moderate Syrian Rebel Application Form:

Welcome to the United States’ Moderate Syrian Rebel Vetting Process. To see if you qualify for $500 million in American weapons, please choose an answer to the following questions:

As a Syrian rebel, I think the word or phrase that best describes me is:
A) Moderate
B) Very moderate
C) Crazy moderate
D) Other

I became a Syrian rebel because I believe in:
A) Truth
B) Justice
C) The American Way
D) Creating an Islamic caliphate

Read the rest here.

About the Author

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages and blogs at dotCommonweal.



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It looks authentic.

Yes, indeed. It certainly asks all the right questions.

Geez - the sky is falling again.  Reminds me of the same, guilt by association that the word *adviser* seems to raise.

Here are some facts about what really has happened:

Key points:

In the near-term, the "OFAC letter allows for providing financial, communications and logistics support to the FSA,” Sayers said. That could include paying for FSA salaries and provisions, as well as “communications equipment, satellite imagery, paying for satellite imagery, logistical support for transport, which could mean everything from buying a 4x4 to supporting someone’s travel to Turkey.”

On their more intermediate term wish-list, “our ask is intelligence support, drone support, eyes in the sky, an intelligence platform,” Sayers said. Syria’s rebels “need both intelligence and weapons,” as they seek to carve out and protect safe areas on the ground in Syria, and try to secure the defection of more members of the Syrian military.

Indeed, one Syrian source, speaking anonymously, suggested the Syrian Support Group’s mission is not only about lobbying the US government to provide support to the FSA, but also the reverse: to help turn the FSA into a more organized entity that could receive intelligence and other assistance from Western security agencies.

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Sky IS falling. You're damn right.

Well the questions seem about right. Of course if they are using Survey Monkey, it might be accessible under the Patriot Act if the urls's are American.LOL

The things you Canadians have to put up with!

I know eh!

GD: Better border security? Have you considered that?

Yes. Toronto's Mayor Rob Ford is all over it. And a sub-committe of a Parliamentary committee in Ottawa is meeting to mull over options before creating a commission to study best practices. 

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