From Talking Point Memo comes the news that Democrat Congressman Eliot Engle is planning to introduce legislation to Congress which will allow the administration to help arm the Syrian rebels.
TERRY MORAN: The United States has a choice: arm the rebels, engage even more deeply in what is becoming a chaotic and dangerous war to this region or broker a peace, probably with Russia, give the Syrian people an opportunity to determine their future and at least in the first stages, Bashar Assad is likely to be part of that process.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Congressman Engel is that the choice?
ENGEL: I think it’s the choice and I will be introducing legislation to allow the President to arm the rebels. I think it’s time to do that. I think the Free Syria Army needs help. We know who they are and I think it’s time we make that move.
The picture at the top of this post was taken a scant six years ago when, in contradiction to the Bush Administration’s policy of isolation of Syria, Nancy Pelosi and some other members of her Congress went to cuddle with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the current target of the rebels. Back then, Democrats said that Assad was committed to peace in the region, and now they’re willing to arm rebels against him.
Democrats have a history of being absolutely wrong about dealing with the 6th century despots of the Middle eastern countries, and now we should trust them as to who we can arm? We also have concern about weapons of mass destruction in Syria, and there’s supposedly a plan to send in US troops to secure those stockpiles – so our troops can face the weapons we sent there for the rebels?
Democrats want to cut our own defense, yet send weapons to bands of roving rebels. Good plan.