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Senate Panel Approves Arms for Syrian Rebels
philly.com ^ | May 22, 2013 | Donna Cassata

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.

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"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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1 posted on 05/22/2013 1:40:06 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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.


2 posted on 05/22/2013 1:59:02 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Looks like the US Senate is gonna give Obama his dog to wag. They are one and the same. Emperor Zero’s Roman Senate.


3 posted on 05/22/2013 2:24:26 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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?


4 posted on 05/22/2013 2:27:30 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: BarnacleCenturion

>>”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.


5 posted on 05/22/2013 2:39:32 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Milindustrial complex at it again, refreshing their treasury for more blood-letting profits.

No government should be allowed to bear arms.


6 posted on 05/22/2013 2:50:12 AM PDT by gotribe (Limit The Government's Right To Bear Arms)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
And the Pentagon cannot make payroll.

Hagel announces Pentagon furloughs


7 posted on 05/22/2013 3:36:40 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: BarnacleCenturion

There is NOT going to be any Muslim democracy in Syria. Why are we supplying alQuaeda?


8 posted on 05/22/2013 3:37:13 AM PDT by imardmd1
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To: BarnacleCenturion
Bizarro world indeed: Americans and Christians will now be slaughtered with US supplied arms and monies. Obama’s new world will be a Greater Caliphate from Tunesia to Turkey purged of all those troublesome Copts, Shia, Jews and plain old secular dictators while alqaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and other transnational Islamic terrorists throw a party with Obama supplied goodies.
9 posted on 05/22/2013 3:47:50 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Cover for Hillary who was just ahead in the game of arming rebels.


10 posted on 05/22/2013 3:55:05 AM PDT by greenhornet68
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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.


11 posted on 05/22/2013 3:57:22 AM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: BarnacleCenturion
a free and democratic Syria

Has someone checked the drinking water in Senator Menendez' office lately??

12 posted on 05/22/2013 4:04:46 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (I call it messin' with the kid.)
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To: greenhornet68

Cover for Hillary who was just ahead in the game of arming rebels.

That’s the ticket.


13 posted on 05/22/2013 4:17:50 AM PDT by madmominct
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To: MestaMachine
The US has to decide what it wants and not what it THINKS it wants. We've been down this road hundreds of times since 1945.
It's as if we never learn. Does the US want to topple Assad or not? If yes then it must be willing to live with another religiously rabid, anti-Western Syria armed to the teeth and sitting on Israel's Golan Heights, not a good recipe for peace and stability).
If we do not arm them then we must be prepared to accept a another secularly rabid, anti-Western Syria armed to the teeth and sitting on Israel's Golan Heights.

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?

14 posted on 05/22/2013 4:19:56 AM PDT by Netz (Netz)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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.


15 posted on 05/22/2013 4:20:53 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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?


16 posted on 05/22/2013 4:25:06 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
This is a two step rehabilitation of Hillary.

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.

17 posted on 05/22/2013 4:33:55 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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.


18 posted on 05/22/2013 4:43:26 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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.


19 posted on 05/22/2013 4:49:34 AM PDT by seeker41 (Take back your country before it is too late-STOP islamic expansion in the USA)
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To: Sir Napsalot

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?

http://nation.foxnews.com/benghazi/2013/05/21/new-benghazi-whistle-blowers-making-devastating-new-claim#ixzz2TvsU9JPS


20 posted on 05/22/2013 4:55:02 AM PDT by greenhornet68
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To: greenhornet68

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.


21 posted on 05/22/2013 5:02:42 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: BarnacleCenturion

this pixes me off


22 posted on 05/22/2013 5:12:33 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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.
just saying


23 posted on 05/22/2013 5:18:37 AM PDT by riverss (just Saying..)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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.


24 posted on 05/22/2013 5:20:26 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
this isn't good i'm telling you.
25 posted on 05/22/2013 5:23:47 AM PDT by Drawn7979
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To: BarnacleCenturion
tipping the scales toward opposition groups

Eh, the same groups that bomb us every once an a while?

Idiots.

26 posted on 05/22/2013 5:23:51 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: FreedomPoster
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.

If Menendez is involved, he's getting paid for his involvement. This jackoff isn't just corrupt, he's NJ Democrat corrupt.

27 posted on 05/22/2013 5:24:20 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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.


28 posted on 05/22/2013 5:26:20 AM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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Sounds like Assad is on top anyway, hope we know who we're giving them to.

29 posted on 05/22/2013 5:36:51 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
Treason = Giving aid and comfort to our enemies.

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.

30 posted on 05/22/2013 5:47:34 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Will there be universal background checks and registration of the weapons, or is that only for American citizens trying to exercise their Constitutional Rights...??


31 posted on 05/22/2013 5:47:39 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: FreedomPoster

“. . . 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.


32 posted on 05/22/2013 6:21:48 AM PDT by MRadtke (Light a candle or curse the darkness?)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

“It’s impossible to know who are friends are,”

How about no friends there.

Also, bad grammer.


33 posted on 05/22/2013 6:26:40 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (The true Obama persona is emerging, the one from his first Presidential debate.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
Timing interesting..yesterday an article claims more whistle blowers are coming forward on Benghazi, may show connection to arms for Syria rebels.

The Bush antiwar movement is gone. Now war is peace if you label it with the word humanitarian.

34 posted on 05/22/2013 6:34:32 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: greenhornet68
Cover for Hillary who was just ahead in the game of arming rebels

My first thought.

35 posted on 05/22/2013 6:50:37 AM PDT by kidd
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To: BarnacleCenturion

...or put another way: Harry Reid and the Democrats want to arm Al Qaeda.


36 posted on 05/22/2013 6:52:10 AM PDT by Redcloak (Winter is coming.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

This is crazy. We should stay the hell out of this mess.


37 posted on 05/22/2013 6:57:49 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: BarnacleCenturion
This is a very bad idea.

5.56mm

38 posted on 05/22/2013 6:59:21 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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?


39 posted on 05/22/2013 7:00:04 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Do we have any of our military fighting there?


40 posted on 05/22/2013 7:01:25 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda—Divide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: MRadtke

Well, maybe they would support a *little* democracy. Like one man, one vote, one time.


41 posted on 05/22/2013 7:04:28 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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.


42 posted on 05/22/2013 7:06:44 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: MestaMachine

Amen! This is pure insanity.


43 posted on 05/22/2013 8:06:19 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Funny thing happened on the way to the Constitution burning, Lefties rights were violated...)
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To: MestaMachine

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.


44 posted on 05/22/2013 8:42:26 AM PDT by butterdezillion (,)
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To: dead

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...


45 posted on 05/22/2013 8:49:35 AM PDT by butterdezillion (,)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
Isn't this, exactly, how we ended up with Al Qaeda? And, aren't these rebels really Al Qaeda anyhow? And why are we now “officially” arming them when we've already been arming them. That's one of the reasons we wouldn't send rescue to Benghazi, I suspect, because our aircraft would have been shot down by our own shoulder fired missiles we had already provided Al Qaeda “rebels.”
46 posted on 05/22/2013 9:06:16 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: jacknhoo
Notice that no one really asks those questions to those in power? If they do it's a one off like Rand Paul? Notice how the mainstream media ignores asking such questions? It starts to make one feel that there is some sort of collusion between news and Belt Way think Tank types when it comes to foreign policy and "We the people" who offer such pointed questions on American foreign policy are ignored.

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.

47 posted on 05/22/2013 1:15:08 PM PDT by IXNK (I am a royalist and Jesus Christ is my king, Isus Xristos Nikas!)
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For once Udall did something I can support. But 98% of the time he's a liberal's liberal with enviro-nuts providing a good portion of his base.

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48 posted on 05/23/2013 10:07:24 AM PDT by CedarDave
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