by M K Bhadrakumar , Asia Times:
The United States may have administered one of the biggest-ever snubs to the Kremlin in the post-Cold War era with the White House announcement on Thursday that it will provide military support to the Syrian rebels.
The announcement in Washington said:
Following a deliberative review, our [US] intelligence community assesses that the [Bashar al-] Assad regime has used chemical weapons … Following on the credible evidence that the regime has used chemical weapons against the Syrian people, the President has augmented the provision of non-lethal assistance to the civilian opposition, and also authorized the expansion of our assistance to the Supreme Military Council (SMC) …
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