You're asking me these questions because the Fox News you're counting on as a source is only giving you what they want to or are permitted to. Their reporters are nothing more than "repeaters". Arab-owned (Prince Alwaleed owns 7% of NewsCorp - and they're voting shares as opposed to investment shares) Fox News IS part of the MSM. It's been widely reported well over a year ago by non-corporate sources (the ones corporate news tells us can't be trusted are the ones who first break ALL these stories) that our government was providing weapons and other assistance to "rebel forces" (Al Qaeda, et al.).