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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Obama approves aerospace system for Syria

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has authorized a Saudi project to supply aerospace systems to Syria, in what was seen as the suspension of U.S. sanctions.   

Government sources said Obama directed the Commerce Department to approve the export of U.S. components for Syria's fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft. The sources said a Saudi defense company would supply and install the components in the aging Syrian dual-use aircraft.

The Commerce Department has not confirmed the approval. Boeing, however, acknowledged that Commerce approved an export license for Syria on Feb. 2.

  • Satellites identify apparent CW site in Syria February 19
  • The sources said the approval by Commerce marked a departure from nearly five years of sanctions by the outgoing Bush administration. Under the Syrian Accountability Act, Syria was to be denied all but food and humanitarian supplies from the United States.

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    Bush aides had said Syria used passenger jets to ferry weapons from Iran to Hizbullah in Lebanon, Middle East Newsline reported.

    "This was an issue that has been on the back-burner for a long time," a government source said.

    The decision would allow Boeing to overhaul two 747s for the state-owned Syrian Arab Airlines. Boeing has contracted its Saudi-based venture, Alsalam Aircraft Co., to conduct the overhaul.

    Commerce, however, argued that the repair of the Boeing 747s would prevent air accidents. The sources said the department said this would come within the definition of U.S. humanitarian exports to Damascus.

    Syria has reported several U.S. measures to improve relations under the Obama administration. On Feb. 15, Syrian ambassador to the United States, Imad Mustafa, said the U.S. Treasury Department approved the transfer of $500,000 to a Syrian charity.

    Mustafa's announcement came on the eve of the visit by a U.S. Senate delegation to Damascus. The delegation was headed by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Sen. John Kerry, scheduled to meet President Bashir Assad.




    Comments


    Don't discount this story out of being misinformed about Syrian air transportation. Like the former Soviets whom they have emulated in many ways, there is a very thin separation between the civil and military branches of their air transportation.

    Edward Palm      8:18 p.m. / Thursday, February 19, 2008


    The media pretends not to notice BHO's insanity, politicians pretend not to care, and the adolecent-minded Obama voters don't even have to pretend not to have a clue about what's going on. Compared to Comrade Obama, King George was a more intelligent choice to rule the colonies than this narcissistic, traiterous crowd ever will be.

    Edward Palm      1:13 p.m. / Thursday, February 19, 2008


    Americaino, that was spoken like a true tolerant liberal facist.

    Wildstallion      8:13 p.m. / Wednesday, February 18, 2008


    Good lord people, they're jumbo jets from the 70's. If you actually dig a little further instead of just flying off the handle you'd realize that Syrian Arab Airlines is a commercial airline, and they also have Airbus A320's and Boeing 727's.

    Magnus      6:51 p.m. / Wednesday, February 18, 2008


    Now the Syrians can shuttle their Iraqi WMD's in minutes vs. months. I call that a technology stimulus package!

    Drflgd      4:28 p.m. / Wednesday, February 18, 2008


    We should do the same for Iran! This is change the enemy can believe in.

    Michael Monaghan      2:47 p.m. / Wednesday, February 18, 2008


    I accidentally shoved secret documents down the front of my skivees. I'm sure this was just an oversight. Sincerely. . .,

    Sandy Berger      9:16 a.m. / Wednesday, February 18, 2008


    The Guardian published a story that Syria is offering an olive branch to the U.S., COMPLETELY OMITTING MENTION ON THE AEROSPACE DEAL! And liberals claim there is no bias in the media.

    Sgt. Bazz      9:13 a.m. / Wednesday, February 18, 2008


    Guys: The American public has voted. So, Jews and their lovers, live with the new reality.

    Amercaino      9:10 a.m. / Wednesday, February 18, 2008


    Wow you people commenting are the ones out of touch with reality. What propaganda have they been feeding you.

    Uhmerikan      9:04 a.m. / Wednesday, February 18, 2008


    This is just his six week, imagine what he will authorize after four years.

    Hank      9:03 a.m. / Wednesday, February 18, 2008


    I wonder whether this is payback to his friend, Tony Rezko, who kept his silence throughout the campaign.

    Yehoshuah S      12:45 a.m. / Wednesday, February 18, 2008


    I still want to see Obama's Passport & Birth Certificate

    Bob Moon      11:19 p.m. / Tuesday, February 17, 2008


    Thank you Mr B. H. Obama. You said you would "CHANGE" the way the goverment was run.... Yup you have.

    Davey      10:24 p.m. / Tuesday, February 17, 2008


    I'm sitting here trying to digest what I just read. The key word is trying. Where is the lamestream media on this? Where is the outcry from members of Congress. Oh! Wait! The bums, most of them either voted for the Porkulus bill or a running scared after voting against it. First we have Clinton selling off technology and now Obama.

    James E. McMullen, III      9:50 p.m. / Tuesday, February 17, 2008


    I think this shows that Obama is completely out of touch with the world outside Chicago. His lack of experience in world politics will lead to our doom if he continues on this path of appeasing those who want our way of life and system of government to fail.

    James Vasta      9:38 p.m. / Tuesday, February 17, 2008


    Why am I NOT surprised? The man is a Marxist.

    Carole      9:30 p.m. / Tuesday, February 17, 2008


    Families should sue obama as a civilian, for any murders facilitated with the equipment.

    Carole      9:30 p.m. / Tuesday, February 17, 2008


    Great ! Now Syria can transfer Iranian Scud missile systems to Lebanon in Boeing 747s. I wonder if they will also pick up a thousand Iranian Revolutionary Guards per trip to patrol the Lebanon-Israel border? Good move Obama. Imagine if Bush had done this!

    Samuel Navi      7:54 p.m. / Tuesday, February 17, 2008


    Is Obama out of his MIND!!!! Giving our secrets to SYRIA the country that is helping to kill Americans!! Unbelievable!!

    John      7:50 p.m. / Tuesday, February 17, 2008


    Liberalism is a "mental disorder" and liberals are dangerous!

    By Sandra Chain      7:21 p.m. / Tuesday, February 17, 2008


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