U.S. Moves Forward with Plan to Arm Syrian Rebels Against ISIS
According to the Associated Press, the Republican-controlled House voted to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels. President Barack Obama emphasized that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria. A decision that has received an immense amount of debate from Sen. Lindsey Graham.
According to ABC News, top Republican and Democratic leaders backed Obama’s plan seven weeks before midterm elections. However, dozens of rank-and-file lawmakers in both parties opposed it. “This is the best of a long list of bad options,” said Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. While many do oppose this plan to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, this may not actually be the best option.
In a statement following the vote, Obama said the House “took an important step forward as our nation unites to confront the threat posed.” The House showed support for a crucial factor in his attempt to relieve the ISIS threat to humanity.
The price for arming and training Syrian rebel is $500 million. However, this may actually cost less than the possibility to sending in combat troops and essentially starting another war so shortly after Obama pulled troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.
[via ABC News]
Monica Adams | News Cult