Do We Continue to Arm the Enemies of Israel and the U.S. in Syria?

Giving weapons to the thugs of the middle east is never a good idea.
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In September, the Obama Administration and many Republicans were pushing for the U.S. to intervene in Syria. I said no.
We did not have an articulable national security interest in that country, and it was also unclear if we had any discernible allies in that nation’s civil war.

Five months prior, my colleagues in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted overwhelmingly to arm the Syrian rebels who were opposing Bashar al-Assad. I warned that the weapons we gave extremists could be used against Christians in the region. I warned that weapons we gave to extremists in Syria could one day potentially be used against our ally Israel.

Almost a year ago to the day, I admonished the Committee for that vote. I told them, “This is an important moment. You will be funding, today, the allies of al-Qaeda.”

“It’s an irony you cannot overcome,” I added.

On Monday, the Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo reported: “One of the militant Syrian rebel groups provided access to advanced U.S. missiles said that it is seeking ‘the return of all Syrian land occupied by Israel,’ a stance that could potentially complicate U.S. military support to the armed rebel group.”

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