Arms to Syria opposition still a debate in progress
July 25th, 2013
07:28 AM ET

Arms to Syria opposition still a debate in progress

By Jamie Crawford

While the United States draws closer to providing some form of lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition, the debate over how extensive the package should be and the possible outcome are likely to follow any decision.

In a letter to the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee this week, Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey laid out the scenarios that could unfold, ranging from the establishment of a no-fly zone over Syria, to training and assisting the opposition through intelligence and logistics assistance.

None of the options, he said, would be easy, and all would come with a pretty extensive price tag.

"We must anticipate and be prepared for the unintended consequences of our action," Dempsey wrote in the letter to Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI).

"Should the regime's institutions collapse in the absence of a viable opposition, we could inadvertently empower extremists or unleash the very chemical weapons we seek to control."

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  1. kamarasune

    If Israel wants Syria taken out they need to pray to the lord or do it themselves. Enough Americans have died expanding an ungodly middle-eastern agenda that has been proven to do nothing but cause misery for all concerned and destabilize the region.

    July 29, 2013 at 12:25 am | Reply
  2. Sara W.

    The United States should not give Syria money, weapons or anything until they settle their civil dispute. We are not, or should not be trying to take sides in a civil war. Why should we later have to send our men and women to go over their and fight and lose men and women just because they are in a civil dispute??? We can't handle our own affairs. Not to mention the I.R.S., Ben Ghazi, and many other issues we have. If we don't get this Democratic bunch of "Give It Aways" out of Washington, there won't be anything to help anybody with.....we're getting there fast....

    July 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      I agree! We have no business getting involved in Syria and we need to tell the Russians and Iranians to stay out also (ha,ha), like either one would pay attention to us! Let the Russians have Syria and get bogged down in a twenty year conflict!
      By the way, it was GWB who "gave away" our country for his stupid war in Iraq! How much? Over one trillion dollars and over 3 thousand America lives, plus countless maimed for life! What did you "win" George? NOTHING! Iraq is worse off today and the "elected" government favors Iran!

      July 29, 2013 at 12:18 am | Reply
      • StanCalif

        Watch no end in sight on netflix

        July 29, 2013 at 12:27 am |
  3. Phelix Unger

    Whether or not people want the government wants to arm the "rebels" is irrelevant, their going to do it anyway. This will just be left for the next generation to deal with, what a legacy. Can't let them kill each other can't stop them from killing each other, can't win. Only their religious leader have the ability to stop the killing, and if it hasn't stopped since it started, Mohammed may be the prophet, but he was also the beginning of this mess. If these groups cannot see past their differences, then how are we to show them? Beyond being the example, and I agree were not the best example in the west, but if I were looking for a dance partner, were the best looking in the room.

    July 26, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  4. simplyput

    This has to stop. Why is there even a debate? Over 500 Al Queda prisoners just escaped in Iraq. Are they on our side now, or on the side of the Syrian people? Who's war are we promoting now....I guess WWIII.

    July 26, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Reply
    • m&m

      Got zapped on a post

      July 27, 2013 at 3:30 am | Reply
      • m&m

        Either I stumbled onto something or they didn't like trying to add things up. Oh well gives me something to look into.

        July 27, 2013 at 4:00 am |
  5. Socrates

    It will not be the first time the US arms terrorists. Remember Bin Ladin? Some politicians have such a short memory.

    July 26, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  6. Navyvet8192

    I may be mistaken, but didn't the US back in the 80's help arm the resistance in a country call Afghanistan? Then many years later didn't that resistance, know as the Taliban break it off in our backsides? Do we ever learn from the lessons of the past?

    July 25, 2013 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • m&m

      Out maneuvered by culture.it looks like. We are just being used to give weapons and then they go where ever. As long as the weapons get there it doesn't matter who has them first, they will eventually go to places we don't want them to go. A single weapon will have many owners.

      July 25, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  7. Michael Richardson

    How can the US pay for arms to Syria when The US cannot pay its employees? How can the US pay for arms to Syria when the US's infrastructure is falling apart? Haw can the US pay for arms to Syria when 1 in 3 kids in NM goes hungry?

    July 25, 2013 at 10:50 am | Reply
  8. StanCalif

    Iraq was a huge mistake, let's learn something from this! No, we (the US) do not rule Iraq. After GWB's "shock and awe" treatment and his "mission accomplished" statement, he had no plan what to do. Gee whiz guys, let's hold elections and let the Iraqis rule themselves! With no experience or knowledge of "democratic principles", the Iraqis turn to what they know best. Kill each other!!! Today, the elected leaders of Iraq are making close ties with Iran. Saddam may have been a "bad guy", but he was the man to keep Iran contained. With Saddam in charge, Israel wouldn't have to worry about Iran! Taking out Saddam was a huge mistake!!! Do we repeat this by helping to take out Assad? Then what? Gee whiz, hold elections!

    July 25, 2013 at 8:26 am | Reply
  9. George patton

    There is but one decent option to this and that option is not help the riff raft who want to overthrow the Assad regime at all! Try telling that to the right-wing thugs in Washington who can't spend our tax money fast enough! Besides, it is totally senseless to take over Syria when we can't even rule Iraq with all it's violence!!!

    July 25, 2013 at 7:46 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Iraq did not have to become such a mess. Tremendous mistakes were made by the "brains" in DC.
      Watch no end in sight on netflix to learn what really happened.

      July 30, 2013 at 8:10 am | Reply

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