Congress sends weapons to Syria, shucks responsibility on wider war


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Passed by House and Senate on September 17 and 18:

"The Secretary of Defense is authorized, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to provide assistance, including training, equipment, supplies, and sustainment, to appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition."
Background:
House Vote Roll Call
Senate Vote Roll Call
Text of H.J.Res.124 (See Sec. 149)
Marjorie Cohn: Obama Declares Perpetual War
David Swanson: Warning to War Supporters
Josh Rogin: Syrian Rebels: We'll Use U.S. Weapons to Fight Assad
Ryan Grim and Sam Stein: CIA Privately Skeptical
Weapons Transfer Agreements to the Near East


Said Congressman Jim McDermott, who voted No:

"This amendment, which is valid only through early December, serves as nothing more than a faux authorization designed to get Congress through the election season.  Moreover, it addresses only one aspect of the strategy the President outlined last week.  That is not a responsible way to conduct public policy."



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