US Plan to Arm Syria Rebels Gets a Boost
But Pentagon cites continuing concerns
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 23, 2013 2:54 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Last month, the White House said it planned to arm Syrian rebels—but members of Congress haven't been thrilled with the idea. Now, however, Capitol Hill seems to be coming around, Reuters reports. Despite "strong reservations ... We got a consensus that we could move forward with the administration's plans," says House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers. Lawmakers had feared weapons could end up in the wrong hands.

Rebel backers hope deliveries could begin next month, though UN Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahim remains concerned. "Arms do not make peace," he says. Concerns remain in the Pentagon, too, the New York Times reports. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells lawmakers the US could aid the opposition, conduct missile strikes, nab chemical weapons, and set up a no-fly zone. But he warns that the effort could cost billions, and "once we take action ... deeper involvement is hard to avoid." Any use of force "is no less than an act of war," and "we could inadvertently empower extremists or unleash the very chemical weapons we seek to control."

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rickydarlin
Jul 24, 2013 9:43 AM CDT
close our borders ,send the mexicans & the muslims home
racists
Jul 24, 2013 9:17 AM CDT
Imagine for just a second, you are watching your daughter/mom/sister being raped right in front of you by the syrian government. Imagine them killing your children one by one while they force you to watch! That is what is happening there and i know this personally! your family have nothing to eat, no water to drink and all this was because you protested peacefully for democracy in your country!! Every human life is important Arabs are not terrorists, its the government that do not allow their people to be free.Over 100,000 people have died and 1.8 million have fled the fighting from Syria will love the U.S.? I DON"T THINK SO! They will hate us even more for just watching quietly as their family members die!you all should be ashamed of yourself for your racist comments Help SYRIA NOW!!
slammer
Jul 23, 2013 9:01 PM CDT
PHARAON BARACK INSANE OBAMA PLEASE THINK BEFORE YOU ACT! THE ONLY THING YOU SHOULD SEND TO SYRIAN REBELS IS A FLIGHT OF B52S TO CARPET BOME THE PLACE INTO A PARKING LOT! THIS WILL GIVE YOUR ARAB PALS A CHANCE TO START OVER THE RIGHT WAY!!!!!!! HERO OF THE ARAB WORLD! FUBO! FUBAR!