Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Rand Paul Condemns the Arming of Al-Qaeda with US Arms in Syria

I believe the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee just voted to arm the Syrian rebels, despite the fact that those arms will likely end up in the hands of the Al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra front.  Rand Paul was justifiably less than pleased:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blasted members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday, which voted overwhelmingly to arm elements of the Syrian opposition in a bill co-sponsored by Sen.Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). "This is an important moment," Paul said, addressing his Senate colleagues. "You will be funding, today, the allies of al Qaeda. It's an irony you cannot overcome."


The dispute centers on the issue of whether the United States could properly vet Syrian rebels so that weapons and body armor would not fall into the hands of extremist groups, such as the al Qaeda-aligned al-Nusra Front. The Pentagon's top brass has vacillated about whether it's logistically possible to keep track of weapons as they enter a conflict involving a complex mix of opposition groups, as the new bill would require.

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