Skip to comments.Senate Panel Approves Arms for Syrian Rebels
Posted on 05/22/2013 1:40:06 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
WASHINGTON - A Senate panel voted Tuesday to provide weapons to rebels battling the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the first time lawmakers have endorsed the aggressive U.S. military step of arming the opposition.
"The greatest humanitarian crisis in the world is unfolding in and around Syria," said Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), the committee chief. ". . . The United States must play a role in tipping the scales toward opposition groups and working to build a free and democratic Syria."
Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the panel's top Republican, implicitly criticized the Obama administration as he joined Menendez in embracing the measure. "Much of the policy on Syria has been done on an ad hoc basis," Corker said. Opposing the legislation were Sens. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), a potential presidential candidate, and Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
"It's impossible to know who are friends are," Paul said. His arguments put him at odds with another potential White House candidate - Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who backed the legislation.
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And they’re billing us, the American taxpayers.
Why not, we’re paying for every other bogus, dipsh*t program Obama proposes and his dumb, impotent, incontinent lapdogs in congress approve.
Looks like the US Senate is gonna give Obama his dog to wag. They are one and the same. Emperor Zero’s Roman Senate.
Rand Paul is right. Arming these maniacs is a HUGE mistake. They’ve already murdered our ambassador and begun their offense agaimst Christians. And we want to give them weapons?
>>”The greatest humanitarian crisis in the world is unfolding in and around Syria,” said Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), the committee chief. “. . . The United States must play a role in tipping the scales toward opposition groups and working to build a free and democratic Syria.”
Sen. Robert Menendez is obviously a complete blithering idiot unable to perceive the world and understand just what in the Wide World of Sports is really going on. Anyone making a statement like that after events in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya should not be entrusted with car keys, let alone a vote in the Senate and a committee chairmanship.
Milindustrial complex at it again, refreshing their treasury for more blood-letting profits.
No government should be allowed to bear arms.
There is NOT going to be any Muslim democracy in Syria. Why are we supplying alQuaeda?
Cover for Hillary who was just ahead in the game of arming rebels.
The Senate is the worse. The Senate moves by political correctness and these old old men there who need to retire already so the younger people can come in to carry on the fight. These old men lose their will to fight to where we see them going along with the liberals. What ground we do gain, we fall back many times due to the weaknesses and habits of that body.
Has someone checked the drinking water in Senator Menendez' office lately??
Cover for Hillary who was just ahead in the game of arming rebels.
That’s the ticket.
Either way we lose, China, Russia, Hizbollah, North Korea, win.
Who determines which insane group gets advanced US weaponry and what do we do when they use it on Israel, which they eventually will? Do we then ask Israel to, “show restraint” for the 456th time? Or, do we let the Israelis FINALLY destroy their enemies?
There is no way that there will be a free and democratic Syria. I’d venture the population percent that favors true freedom to measure around only a few percentage point.
We’re working to deliver them from one bondage to the next more brutal bondage.
So congress wants to disarm us.....yet they feel the need to arm Syrian Rebels ..............We are told we do not need to stand up against our government yet they do?
Anybody brings up Benghazi and why Amb Stevens’ there, the Dems can say Congress approved the sale, Hillary was ‘way ahead of the curve (cough,leadership,cough)’ and paves her way to run for 2016.
Why? What is our national interest in this? If the Democrats are so interested in freeing people, why not topple that nasty little dictatorship just off the coast of Florida.....Cuba? At least then we’d have another place for our cruise ships to visit.
Can our foreign policy be so easily bought? I remember my college professors going wild over the Panama Canal. Where is their outrage on these matters? We overthrow the government of Libya and now we’re actively and openly working to overthrow the government of Syria. Where is the outrage from academia? Why isn’t every campus in America in turmoil? Oh....that’s right.....it’s bad to kill people with Republican bombs, but it’s OK to kill people with Democrat bombs. Our academics are bought and paid for by the Democrat party. “VERITAS” my donkey.
What the hell is wrong with these people. Let them kill eachother and Israel can clean up the rest. We are so over , glad I left the city years ago its gonna get very ugly here.
So the Senate wants to go ahead with something the CIA was opposed to because of the high risk involved in arming insurgents with powerful weapons that endanger civilian aircraft? How STUPID is that?
Can someone tell me if it was illegal to arm the libyan Rebels if not approved by Congress but approved by Obama?
CIA has often armed rebels without Congressional approval.
So other than a PR disaster - would it have been illegal.
this pixes me off
Syrian rebel defends eating dead soldier’s organ as revenge ...
Video: Syrian rebel cuts out soldier’s heart, eats it - CNN.com
BACKED by U.S.A. (taxes) money, weapons and support.
This will not end well..God forgive us.
Can’t help but ask is this not part of the O Administrative cover-up of Benghazi? Smells like what was pulled to cover-up the Court Martial of Michael G.New -the Constitutional issue NEVER resolved —and IFOR became Forever Force,for the sake of Islam and our Dhimmi Govt.
Eh, the same groups that bomb us every once an a while?
If Menendez is involved, he's getting paid for his involvement. This jackoff isn't just corrupt, he's NJ Democrat corrupt.
Terrific. Another crisis. Quick, throw money at it. Then be sure to spend more of it carting those “refugees” over here so they can plot our downfall in the comfort the Late Great USA. We have got to be the stupidest nation on the planet, currently.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Sounds like Assad is on top anyway, hope we know who we're giving them to.
Syrian "opposition" = Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda = Our enemy that we have been at war with for years.
Senate panel voting to give aid and comfort to our enemy = Treason.
Will there be universal background checks and registration of the weapons, or is that only for American citizens trying to exercise their Constitutional Rights...??
. . . The United States must play a role in tipping the scales toward opposition groups and working to build a free and democratic Syria.
You would really have to have a hole in your head to believe something like this. Not one of these groups support anything like freedom or democracy.
“It’s impossible to know who are friends are,”
How about no friends there.
Also, bad grammer.
The Bush antiwar movement is gone. Now war is peace if you label it with the word humanitarian.
My first thought.
...or put another way: Harry Reid and the Democrats want to arm Al Qaeda.
This is crazy. We should stay the hell out of this mess.
Is this retroactive approval for gun running out of Benghazi?
Maybe the Senate can approve universal wiretapping of the media? Heck, why not throw in approval of profiling at the IRS?
Do we have any of our military fighting there?
Well, maybe they would support a *little* democracy. Like one man, one vote, one time.
So, we are at war with ISLAMIC TERRORISTS, and we are going to willingly give weapons to a group made up primarily of Wahabbist Terrorists...
What the Hell!! This is a conflict between animals on both sides and all that will result from the “rebels” winning would be destabilization of another nation in the middle east.
We should not be doing anything here, other than provide humanitarian aid at MOST.
Amen! This is pure insanity.
Not to mention it’s believed that they have used chemical weapons, and they are posting video of their leader cutting open a dead person and eating his heart. These are the murderous thugs we want to support? The people who are sworn enemies of the US and of our freedom-guaranteeing Constitution?
This is absolutely nuts.
Hey, sharia allows guys to be “married” for an hour or so and “divorce” the gal as soon as he’s ejaculated. And they can have multiple wives at a time. So sharia is the way to go, in the eyes of Menendez. He wouldn’t have to go down to the Dominican Republic for his fun, and he could be considered a great religious hero for doing what he’s been doing all along. And if he gets too rough with the girl, she can’t do a thing to him legally unless there are 5 men willing to say they eyewitnessed it. If he’s ticked off enough with her he can accuse her of immorality and have her stoned to death by “judge’s knowledge”.
So heck yeah, let’s arm the world Islamists who have sworn to destroy America so they can install worldwide sharia...
The US Senate can barely agree on anything, including nominations by Obama yet the Republicans and Democrats in majorities back arming al-Qaeda linked rebels? That's odd to me.
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