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House Votes To Give Weapons And Training To ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels

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President Obama’s self-described “fantasy” got some help from Congress yesterday as the House of Representatives passed a bill pushed by both Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to arm and train rebels in Syria. The vote was 273 to 156 and appropriated no funds yet proved controversial as both Democrats and Republicans opposed party leaders with 59 Republicans and 114 Democrats supporting and 71 Republicans and 85 Democrats opposing.

The “moderate” Syrian rebels are not only wildly ineffective but may have already given up fighting ISIS anyway given reports of a non-aggression pact with ISIS. It’s not surprising the so-called Free Syrian Army would strike a deal given that every time the US gives them weapons Al Qaeda and ISIS take them. The deal with ISIS includes an alliance to overthrow the Assad Government, referred to as “Nussayri” government,  a derogatory term for Assad’s religious sect the Alawites. So the “moderates” are now in bed with fundamentalists, good time to start giving them weapons?

Though the House passed the war bill some were at least cognizant enough to note the tragic history the vote was going to be part of.

Fewer than 140 of the 429 House members who voted Wednesday were in the House in 2002 when Congress authorized the invasion of Iraq. For the vast majority of lawmakers, Wednesday’s was their clearest vote on war and peace. But that 2002 vote hung heavily over the six hours of debate on Tuesday and Wednesday. Several veterans of the Iraq War stood against the president’s request. Older Democrats recalled with bitterness their vote to back the invasion of Iraq, a vote that ended many careers.

“The last time people took a political vote like this in this House, it was on the Iraq War,” Representative Loretta Sanchez, Democrat of California, said, “and many of my colleagues say it was the worst vote they ever took.”

Now a new generation of representatives can take a terrible vote that will haunt their careers. Hopefully the 114 Democrats who supported dragging American into yet another war in the Middle East are proud of that vote because they will likely be hearing about it for awhile.

The war bill now goes to the Senate providing another opportunity for those who still have egg on their face from the 2003 Iraq war authorization to prove they have learned something. Then again, they may have a chance to vote on another Iraq war too.

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House Votes To Give Weapons And Training To ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels

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President Obama’s self-described “fantasy” got some help from Congress yesterday as the House of Representatives passed a bill pushed by both Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to arm and train rebels in Syria. The vote was 273 to 156 and appropriated no funds yet proved controversial as both Democrats and Republicans opposed party leaders with 59 Republicans and 114 Democrats supporting and 71 Republicans and 85 Democrats opposing.

The “moderate” Syrian rebels are not only wildly ineffective but may have already given up fighting ISIS anyway given reports of a non-aggression pact with ISIS. It’s not surprising the so-called Free Syrian Army would strike a deal given that every time the US gives them weapons Al Qaeda and ISIS take them. The deal with ISIS includes an alliance to overthrow the Assad Government, referred to as “Nussayri” government,  a derogatory term for Assad’s religious sect the Alawites. So the “moderates” are now in bed with fundamentalists, good time to start giving them weapons?

Though the House passed the war bill some were at least cognizant enough to note the tragic history the vote was going to be part of.

Fewer than 140 of the 429 House members who voted Wednesday were in the House in 2002 when Congress authorized the invasion of Iraq. For the vast majority of lawmakers, Wednesday’s was their clearest vote on war and peace. But that 2002 vote hung heavily over the six hours of debate on Tuesday and Wednesday. Several veterans of the Iraq War stood against the president’s request. Older Democrats recalled with bitterness their vote to back the invasion of Iraq, a vote that ended many careers.

“The last time people took a political vote like this in this House, it was on the Iraq War,” Representative Loretta Sanchez, Democrat of California, said, “and many of my colleagues say it was the worst vote they ever took.”

Now a new generation of representatives can take a terrible vote that will haunt their careers. Hopefully the 114 Democrats who supported dragging American into yet another war in the Middle East are proud of that vote because they will likely be hearing about it for awhile.

The war bill now goes to the Senate providing another opportunity for those who still have egg on their face from the 2003 Iraq war authorization to prove they have learned something. Then again, they may have a chance to vote on another Iraq war too.

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