Reuters reported Wednesday that President Obama has signed a secret order to authorize support for the Syrian people's opposition to the government of President Bashar al-Assad:
"President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said.
Obama's order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence "finding," broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad."
The rebel forces have become more organized and better armed in recent weeks, deploying heavy weapons during an attack on a military air base in Aleppo Thursday. The report on President Obama signing an order giving the Syrian opposition forces direct covert assistance from the U.S. raises concerns regarding foreign policy leaks to the press. It was only a few weeks ago that the Defense Department announced a plan to monitor media organizations to identify leaks of classified information.
Joined Thursday by former Vets for Freedom Executive Director Pete Hegseth and Emily Ekins of the Reason Foundation, the 'Real News' panel discussed the progress of opposition forces in Syria and how the news release of the president's secret order may be having a practical effect on the ground.