“We’ve made a decision that the Syrian Opposition Coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime,” President Obama told Barbara Walters during an interview Tuesday.
So he means now that the coalition apparently meets some sort of affirmative action hiring scheme, we can endorse them?
No, that’s not it.
Obama’s Administration has unofficially recognized the Syrian rebels for some time now, since the U.S. has been the major funder and armorer of the opposition. The Administration just didn’t want the American public to recognize what it’s been up to in the Middle East.