Election 2012

Romney Wants to Give Arms to Syrian Rebels

Picking sides in these sorts of things has an unproblematic history, right?

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Mitt Romney is signalling a more active policy on the Syrian uprising than Barack Obama, calling explicitly for weapons deliveries to rebel forces and framing the conflict in geostrategic terms as one which can lead to defeat for Iran, Bashar al-Assad's principal ally.

But the Republican candidate is also careful to stress the need to work with partners to "identify and organise" those members of the opposition "who share our values." Only they will obtain the arms they need. And the US will not act alone.