Obama Signs Bill To Arm And Train Syrian Rebels

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CBS News – President Obama on Friday signed legislation that gives the U.S. approval to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also known as ISIS, or ISIL).

The approval was part of a larger bill that funds the government through Dec. 11. It was approved with bipartisan support in the Senate on Thursday and in the House on Tuesday.

While Mr. Obama did not comment on the legislation when he signed it Friday afternoon, he did mention the fight against ISIS earlier in the day, at the Democratic National Committee’s annual Women’s Leadership Forum.

“Over the past few months, world events remind us some things are bigger than politics,” Mr. Obama said. “America is leading the fight to contain Ebola… leading the effort to contain and destroy ISIL.”

Mr. Obama has said repeatedly he does not want to deploy combat troops to fight ISIS, and on Friday, White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice clarified that this principle applies to the administration’s new authorities to assist the Syrian rebels.

“To be clear, as we’ve said repeatedly, our strategy does not involve U.S. troops on the ground in a combat role in either Iraq or Syria, and no U.S. troops will be in Syria as part of the train-and- equip program,” she told reporters. “This program will be hosted outside of Syria in partnership with neighboring countries.”

7 comments

  • Tom

    Three weeks Obama said he had no strategy for dealing with the “JV.” Now he wants to arm Syrian rebels. This is nothing more than a political tactic to get votes for democrats who are desperate and will do anything to stay in power. Nothing real will come of this. Meanwhile, 3,000 troops to fight Ebola? This lying fool is a joke.

  • Harold

    Why are we training and arming the enemy ? This only makes them stronger. The will turn and use the training and weapons to aid ISIS

  • Honey Badger

    so now we are going to arm the muslim brotherhood and throw millions of dollars at an entire culture that has been fighting each other for thousands of years!!!! What a brilliant plan

  • Horace

    Please notice that the President has bipartisan support for doing this. Bush and Cheney opened this can of worms–remember?

    • Honey Badger

      Agreed. I don’t see this as a party issue. I just fail to see how arming Syrian rebels will change anything in a culture where war is a way of life. I also don’t want to see thousands of our young men and women killed a few years from now when these same rebels become our newest enemy.

  • Sarah 300

    Despite bipartisan support and the President receiving hundreds of letters, he changed his mind – to arming the rebels. I don’t like it but in this political scenario you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
    What is your suggestion Tom? Name calling is infantile and reduces your comments to the ridiculous.

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