Did you notice how many "qualifiers" the authors of that opinion piece used?<quoted text>
Reuters isn't buying Kerry's guesstimate either.
Kerry Portrait of Syria Rebels at Odds with Intelligence Reports
(Reuters)- Secretary of State John Kerry's public assertions that moderate Syrian opposition groups are growing in influence appear to be at odds with estimates by U.S. and European intelligence sources and nongovernmental experts, who say Islamic extremists remain by far the fiercest and best-organized rebel elements.
"may be at odds" "may suggest"
Here are some of the facts that were buried inside the biased opinions...
"U.S. intelligence sources do not dispute that Islamic extremists are in the minority on the battlefield..."
"...Islamic extremist factions are not "spearheading the fight against the Syrian government," but rather that the struggle is being led by "moderate opposition forces."
"Several leading lawmakers, including Senator John McCain, Arizona Republican, also have said there is a viable moderate opposition in Syria that Washington should support."
"...only a small minority could accurately be characterized as extremist," one U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.