Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. — Rita Mae Brown
The White House is asking Congress to quickly authorize arming Syrian rebels to bolster President Barack Obama’s offensive against Islamic State militants, a request that could be voted on as soon as this week in a must-pass spending bill.
As Obama prepares to address the nation Wednesday night, administration officials were meeting behind closed doors on Capitol Hill to press the issue with key lawmakers, many of whom panned the idea when Obama first raised it this year.
Although the request would earmark $500 million to help Syrian rebels, it is not the money that is in question but the policy of the U.S. arming foreign fighters, particularly rebel factions whose allegiances are not always clear.
Congress was previously expected to consider Obama’s request later this year when it voted on a larger defense-spending bill, but the president wants to accelerate the process to give him greater authority to train Syrian rebels to help confront the militant group.The White House is asking Congress to quickly authorize arming Syrian rebels to bolster President Barack Obama’s offensive against Islamic State militants, a request that could be voted on as soon as this week in a must-pass spending bill.
BAR’s Glen Ford nails the real reason… Assad!
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden made calls to lawmakers today urging them to authorize the Defense Department to begin training and equipping vetted groups within the Syrian opposition.
Obama is preparing to expand the U.S. offensive against Islamic State extremists, including targeting the group’s havens inside Syria.
The president is renewing a request he made in June for Congress to provide $500 million to pay for training and equipping Syrian rebel groups as a way to add a ground force to take on the Islamic State in Syria.
‘They know that Syria has to be a piece of the plan,’ said former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Jane Harman, one of a group of outside foreign experts Obama consulted over a three-hour dinner at the White House on Sept. 8. ‘He’s seriously considering all options.’
Meanwhile, from Baghdad our POSSOS boasted…
David Weigel, in Slate, wrote on the political (ill)will in DC…