"... But whatever momentum there may have been seems to have grinded to a halt. Preliminary whip counts show mounting opposition to a Syria strike in Congress, especially in the House of Representatives. Polls uniformly show that Americans are hostile to an assault on President Bashar al-Assad's regime: The latest survey, by CNN, found that 72 percent of Americans believe that an attack would not achieve anything for the United States.Now, more than ever, advocates of intervention say Idriss's presence is needed to boost the case for surgical strikes. ..., ..., ... While his Supreme Military Council has gained a great deal of international exposure, it remains of limited influence among fighting groups on the ground, which has led some officials to prefer that he focus on building stronger networks in Syria rather than yuck it up in Washington."The Supreme Military Council does not have a lot of traction on the ground," said Washington Institute for Near East Policy senior fellow Andrew Tabler. "[T]hey haven't been supported with arms, and they're spending a lot of time in Western capitals, instead of inside the country spreading their influence."..."
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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