The photo above is from NYMag.com which reports:
The photo, taken by Sebastiano Tomada, shows Ahmed, the eight-year-old son of a Syrian rebel fighter, smoking and standing guard with an AK-47 outside a barricade in Aleppo.That's the face of our Syrian "allies" and every Chicago third grader is now wondering when he gets an assault rifle and pack of smokes courtesy of the American tax payer. I mean, if it's good enough for our "friends" surely we wouldn't want American children to go without.
It's troubling that our "allies" employ child soldiers. Didn't then Senator Barack Obama co-sponsor legislation in 2008, later signed into law, to prohibit America from sending money and material to countries using child soldiers? Yes, yes he did. It passed the House and Senate unanimously. There were a lot of abstentions, but no one in either House of Congress voted against it.
As president, Obama has repeatedly waived that law. Apparently, he opposed the use of child soldiers before he supported it which may explain why John Kerry got the top job at Foggy Bottom.