Covered at Reason 24/7: John Kerry Pledges $60 Million to Syrian Opposition Forces

6e98reason247 Covered at Reason 24/7: John Kerry Pledges $60 Million to Syrian Opposition Forces

In the last few weeks, the White House has
been engaged in a high-pitched fearmongering campaign over
sequestration, one that went
well beyond the facts. Sequester, according to the White House,
could lead to
slower emergency response, slashed healthcare, and people living in
the street. One thing it won’t lead to? A less interventionist
foreign policy. Money is no object for the heir to the Heinz
fortune, and it’s no different in his new role as Secretary of
State.
From
the LA Times: ;
U.S. Secretary of State ;John Kerry ;pledged an
additional $60 million in aid to Syrian opposition forces Thursday,
including food and medical support directly to armed rebels for the
first time but turning aside their demand for weapons.

Kerry, on his first foreign trip as America’s top diplomat, said
that the extra assistance would help “the legitimate voice of the
Syrian people,” who have been trying in vain for nearly two years
to topple President Bashir Assad. Kerry said Assad had “long ago
lost his legitimacy…and must be out of power.”
And we must not be broke yet. Small wonder most Americans

aren’t worried about the sequester at all.
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Covered at Reason 24/7: John Kerry Pledges $60 Million to Syrian Opposition Forces

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