SecState John Kerry said
at today's congressional hearing that Arab counties have offered to pay for regime change in Syria:
With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes. They have. That offer is on the table.
In fact, some of them have said that if the United States is prepared to go do the whole thing the way we’ve done it previously in other places
, they’ll carry that cost.
That’s how dedicated they are at this. That’s not in the cards, and nobody’s talking about it, but they’re talking in serious ways about getting this done.
The "Arabs" Kerry alludes to are Saudis
(and see this
) and Qataris
Why are the Saudis and Qataris so keen to topple Syria's Assad? Natural gas
, Islamic sectarian warfare
... and perhaps preserving the monetary status quo
Postscript: The Saudis are heavily involved
with backing terrorists for cynical reasons. The Syrian "rebels" are closely connected with Al Qaeda
. A good fit. Bonus: