For about a year and a half, President Obama had been calling for the end of Bashar al-Assad’s rule in Syria and at the same time --aside from a very modest and covert CIA mission to train Free Syrian Army trainers in Turkey and/or Jordan -- Obama has opposed providing any military aid to the Syrian rebels. Over the past year he has ignored the advice of his national security team to act more boldly.
Why the change?
While Obama was enjoying the attention of Gay Pride Week celebrants, it was left to a presidential spokesman to announce in the most vague terms that America will now provide the rebels with military assistance.Abdallah Schleifer
What seems obvious is that his decision to provide military assistance to the rebels was forced by the fall of Al-Qusayr in which Hezbollah fighters openly intervened in the fighting ,significantly strengthening the Syrian army when it assaulted Al-Qusayr. Al-Quasayr is close to the Lebanese border and its capture facilitates the further flow of Hezbollah fighters into the country, so Al-Qusayr was as much a victory for Iran, patron of Assad, Hezbollah , and increasingly the government in Iraq.SHOW MORE