McCain, Lieberman Urge Arms for Syrian Rebels (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 08/06/12)
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U.S. Senators John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsay Graham called
for direct military aid for Syrian rebels in a Monday morning op-ed
in The Washington Post. They warned that the Obama administration’s
hands-off policy is allowing Al Qaeda terrorists to gain a foothold
in the country.
McCain was the Republican party’s presidential candidate in 2008, and
Graham is a senior GOP senator. Lieberman, now an Independent, is a
former Democratic vice presidential candidate.
"The Obama administration’s hands-off approach is increasingly at
odds with both America’s values and its interests.”
With a death rate of more than 100 a day in intense fighting between
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s forces and rebels, the senators
warned that Assad’s “indiscriminate” use of fighter aircraft and
tanks, along with assistance from Iran and Hizbullah, present a
formidable obstacle for the opposition.
In addition, “Russia and China…continue to provide diplomatic cover
for Assad’s brutality,” the op-ed stated.
“All evidence suggests that, rather than peacefully surrendering
power, Assad and his allies will fight to the bitter end, tearing
apart the country in the process,” the three senators continued.
“Because we have refused to provide the rebels the assistance that
would tip the military balance decisively against Assad, the United
States is increasingly seen across the Middle East as acquiescing to
the continued slaughter of Arab and Muslim civilians….
“The United States has significant national security interests at
stake in Syria. These include preventing the use or transfer of the
regime’s massive chemical- and biological-weapons stockpiles – a real
and growing danger – and ensuring that al-Qaeda and its violent
brethren are unable to secure a new foothold in the heart of the
Middle East. Our decisions and actions have been woefully
insufficient to safeguard these interests and others…
“It is the lack of strong U.S. assistance to responsible fighters
inside the country that is ceding the field to extremists there.”
They added that the Obama administration’s policy of standing aside
has allowed a full-scale civil war to break out and has prolonged the
bloody conflict that has taken the lives of nearly 20,000 people,
most of them civilians.
They called for direct military assistance to the rebels, without
sending American troops but possibly including “limited use of our
airpower and other unique U.S. assets.”
The senators concluded that “inaction carries even greater risks for
the United States – in lives lost, strategic opportunities squandered
and values compromised.
“By continuing to sit on the sidelines of a battle that will help
determine the future of the Middle East, we are jeopardizing both our
national security interests and our moral standing in the world.”
(IsraelNationalNews © 2011 08/06/12)
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