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Rebel aid should be questioned

July 6, 2013

Members of Congress of both parties are right to balk at President Barack Obama’s request for money to arm rebels fighting the Syrian regime....

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MattRothchild

Jul-10-13 9:17 AM

Is it really a compromise if it's what you actually believe? Has anyone given up anything in pursuit of this agreement? The answer is "no".

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MattRothchild

Jul-10-13 6:43 AM

Something strange has happened in this thread. I have said something with which both RugbyReader and this site's Conservative bloc appear to agree (my comment right now has 4 votes for "agree", one for "disagree"...80% approval rating!)

How can this be possible? Such rancorous opponents, and yet...

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locomotive

Jul-09-13 7:19 PM

Watch what you sling, 'cuz what goes around comes around.

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MattRothchild

Jul-08-13 1:48 PM

Aside from the usual problems with arming a foreign rebel group, I'd like to submit the following:

The United States government has made a decision to arm the Syrian rebels...using taxpayer money. Thus, through the mechanisms of force and violence that come with the collection of taxes, you are being made to arm these rebels, like it or not.

Yet, if Americans, acting of their own free will and conviction, were to begin taking up collections to help the Syrian rebels, you know what would happen? The federal government would find some way to bust you for providing material support to terrorists, whether the rebels are actually terrorists or not.

So what we have is a system that says something is OK if it's done in a way that maximizes the force and violence committed against your own citizens, but is completely illegal when it's done on a voluntary basis without the force, violence, or threats thereof.

Does anyone else here find that to be completely ****** up?

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muleskinner

Jul-06-13 7:53 AM

It won't hurt to give them a 50 billion dollar line of credit so they can buy armaments from the munitions industry. One segment of the economy will improve for the better.

Chaing Kia Chek was given hundreds of millions of dollars in US aid to fight the Chinese Communists and the Chinese Nationalists bought real estate in New York City.

So you can bet your bottom last dollar that the rebels will probably use the money for themselves too, along with buying war materials wherever they can find them, probably Iran. Plenty of armaments in Afghanistan, all the rebels need to do is have them trucked to undisclosed locations in Syria.

At least make a little back from the hundreds of billions spent in Afghanistan.

War is good business these days.

We don't do body counts.

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