May 15th, 2013
01:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Bipartisan pull pushes weapons for Syrian rebels

(CNN) - Washington's battle over whether the United States should get involved in Syria's civil war took a new turn on Wednesday as the two top senators on the Foreign Relations Committee called for arming rebels and announced that the panel would take up their proposal next week.

Sen. Robert Menendez, the committee's Democratic chairman, and Sen. Bob Corker, the panel's top Republican, introduced legislation to provide lethal weaponry and training "to vetted Syrian groups" fighting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, they announced in a statement.

Filed under: Bob Corker • Bob Menendez • Syria
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  1. Larry L

    If these hawks want to go into Syria they need to push to reinstate the military draft. For too long Americans have encouraged our involvement in foreign civli wars and too few people have carried the load. Let's have a draft with no exemptions for gender, college, and certainly not for income. People with religious contradictions can dig latrines, work in the motor pool, or any of a hundred other jobs. They live here, their tithing is tax exempt, let them pay their dues. Let's allow everybody to have a dog in the fight and then we'll see how willing these politicians are to go to war. Are you willing to send your kid to die for Syria? Really?

    May 15, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. just sayin

    please don't waste anymore of our money. have the saudis or kuwaitis open their checkbooks to do this. as bad as this sounds, i have no problem with these fanatics killing each other. if they weren't killing each other they'd be attacking israel or trying to kill us. frankly i am sick and tired of trying to help these people who will never ever like us or be our friends. besides, we are going broke and can't afford it. enough is enough.

    May 15, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    And whose to say once the rebels are killed the weapons won't fall into the wrong hands?

    May 15, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Once upon a time, about a month after it all began, this conflict was hijacked by outside elements that thrive on chaos, seeking only to depose a legitimate government and replace it with their own extremist government. The conflict in Syria began as one thing, a general civil unrest, and has now evolved into regional and ethnic civil war.

    It's not too much different from what used to be Saddam's Iraq. When Saddam was in power, everyone wanted him gone. Once he was gone, everyone wanted their specific group to be in charge. There are too many conflicting sides for the US to get involved: Sunnis, Kurds, Shiites, and now militant groups like Hamas and Al-Qaeda. We would really be a lot better off allowing the Arab League to settle this, and putting pressure on them to do so.

    May 15, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. just askin

    Rudy NYC
    seeking only to depose a legitimate government and replace it with their own extremist government

    since when is a dictatorship that supports terror "a legitimate government"??? you might need to raise your bar a tad but being an obama supporter as you are, i know you have very low standards.

    May 15, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Pete

    I just hope this weapons deal with Syria isn't like Afghanistan coming back to bite us in our asses..Remember Nam going in losing over 58,000 in a war for nothing when the French split for France and hundreds of thousands require medical assistence for the rest of their lives,just pathedic..Iraq ,Afghanistan the same deal to keep republicans,MIC as partners in crime in senseless wars that created billions not only for the complex but a great bit of pocket change for their republican minions from the MIC lobbyists as well at taxpayer and our kids expense..

    May 15, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Data Driven


    It's apparently not a problem unless Obama approves it. McCain and "Butters" Graham can suggest arming these people all they like BEFORE we actually arm them. If Obama takes their advice, THEN it's a failure. Cf. Libya.

    May 15, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. just askin

    Pete - Afghanistan the same deal

    were you alive on 9/11/2001??? btw... democrats also voted to go to war in both afghanistan and iraq. just ask hillary clinton.

    May 15, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |