WASHINGTON — A Senate panel voted on Tuesday to provide weapons to rebels battling the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, the first time lawmakers have endorsed the aggressive U.S. military step of arming the opposition in the 2-year-old civil war.
With a degree of trepidation, the Foreign Relations Committee voted 15-3 for a bill that would provide lethal assistance and military training to vetted rebel groups, and would slap sanctions on anyone who sells oil or transfers arms to the Assad regime such as Iran and Russia. The measure also establishes a $250 million fund to aid in the transition if and when Assad falls.
Opposing the legislation were Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a potential presidential candidate in 2016, and Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
Udall questioned whether the United States would know what rebel groups it was arming as it introduced more lethal weapons into a chaotic situation while Murphy argued that the U.S. hasn’t learned from history.
“We have failed over and over again in our attempts to pull the strings of Middle Eastern politics,” he said.
Paul said the U.S. is war weary and reluctant to get involved in a murky conflict with so many factions. He said there is no assurance that the weapons would end up in the hands of “liberty-loving, Jeffersonian-type of democrats.”
“It’s impossible to know who are friends are,” he said.
His arguments put him at odds with another potential White House candidate — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who backed the legislation and insisted that it was critical to help groups battling the well-armed, pro-Assad forces and radical jihadists.
Elected officials want to waste U.S. taxpayer money funding Islamic terrorists. And don’t forget an initial $250 million of your tax dollars for nation building.
And from the ‘you can’t make this stuff up’ department:
Obama, according to Suleiman’s office, also renewed his appreciation for the role the Lebanese leader was playing in “preserving stability and the policy Lebanon was adopting in not interfering in the affairs of other countries, particularly Syria…
Qatar along with the Turks would like to remove Al-Assad and install the Syrian chapter of the Moslem Brotherhood.
Below the fold are a few more examples of the rebels that McCain, Rubio, and despicable Bob Menendez are so desperate to arm.
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