Congressman introduces bill supporting arming of Syrian rebels
March 18th, 2013
01:41 PM ET

Congressman introduces bill supporting arming of Syrian rebels

By CNN's Kevin Liptak

U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel introduced legislation Monday giving President Barack Obama the authority to provide rebels in Syria "lethal equipment," which the United States has thus far avoided doing over the course of the two-year conflict.

The New York Democrat previewed the legislation Sunday, saying in an interview it was the time for more substantial American investment in the rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"I think the Free Syrian Army needs help," Engel said on ABC. "We know who they are. And I think it's time that we make that move."

In a statement Monday, Engel wrote the United States is "long past due to arm friendly rebels and turn the tide to allow for a more hopeful Syrian future."

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  1. Patrick

    This is stupidity at it's very worst! We can't even balance the budget here at home and this clown Eliot Engel wants to give that money that we don't have in the first place to that riff raft in Syria! This is ridiculous.

    March 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  2. joebob

    WE NEED TO STAY THE HELL OUT OF THIS – THIS GUY NEEDS TO BE UN ELECTED

    March 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  3. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    March 18, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Ctrl C + Ctrl V 7 days a week under fake names, don't you hate your job?

      March 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  4. saeed

    well no suprise just one month ago usa said that they would not send arms to the rebels britain said the same james camron and obama came out and said that they wouldent arm the rebels and that that was the agreement but they told a lie just as iraq was a lie no weapons of mass destruction and just as afghanistan was a lie they found bin laden in pakistan and just as lybia was a lie no fly zone and they started to luanch a full scale invasion and this is only one lie in a 100 lies usa is governed by irish half breed potato farmers from dublin so its no suprise that they say something and do another thing.

    March 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  5. Jeff Charles

    when do I get to vote on this desicion to arm these people? This country has become for the government by the government. We need to mind our own business.

    March 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Well said, Jeff. Thank you.

      March 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • shiner421

      Very well said!

      March 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  6. Jeff Charles

    U.S. lawmakers want to arm these less educated and less civilized people with guns that do more damage than the popcorn makers they are trying to outlaw from its own people, they are hypochrites.

    March 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  7. George Patton-2

    Bozos like this Eliot Engel is the biggest problem this country faces today. These right-wing fanatics are far more detrimental to this country than Al Qaeda has ever been!!!

    March 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Phunnie boy, What is wrong with you? Right or left we all want to save this country from another Islamic terrorist attack, don't you? We must arm rebels to reduce some Shiite population, they are threatening our allies Sunnis in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt.

      March 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Reply
      • Carlson

        Hey you Phunnie boy, how dare you denegrate the name of Gen. George Patton by posting your right-wing bla-bla-bla under it! He commanded the 3rd Army during WW2 and you want to darken his name with your right-wing nonsense! Where is your shame, Phunnie boy?

        March 19, 2013 at 7:56 am |
      • George Patton

        and where is your shame making anti-American posts George Patton-2 =Carlson =John Smith =John Geheran =Saeed =Phunnie?

        March 19, 2013 at 8:52 am |

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