The U.S. House of Representatives this week approved measures that would prevent the Obama administration from spending money on U.S. military operations in Syria without first consulting Congress and would forbid funding U.S. military or paramilitary operations in Egypt.
But both amendments were approved on voice votes with only scant dissent.
With respect to Syria, lawmakers passed an amendment by Florida Republican Trey Radel, R-Fla., that would forbid any military action in Syria if it violates the War Powers Resolution – which requires the president to consult Congress before U.S. troops are sent into harm’s way. In terms of proxy war powers, Congressional intelligence committees recently gave the financial OK on an Obama administration plan to have the CIA provide arms and training to rebels aligned with the moderate Supreme Military Council.
And here is where things get particularly strange:
Threat Journal readers and listeners aside, most Americans are not aware that more than 75% of so called Syrian rebels are in fact not even Syrian. Most are fighters shipped in from central Asia, trained by contractors in Turkey and then sent next door into Syria to join the frey.
Even fewer Americans are aware that many of these fighters are, in fact, members of Al Qaeda. This is not speculation, but a fact openly acknowledged by the U.S. government. A significant number belong to or are aligned with the same terror group that was responsible for numerous terrorist attacks against the U.S. and our citizens and interests abroad, including the attack on the USS Cole, the attacks of 9/11, the Underwear Bomber Umar Farouk Abduhlmutallab, the infamous Shoe Bomber, Richard Reed, the Fort Hood shooting and many others. Check out this video of Syrian rebel teens singing ‘We Destroyed America With a Civilian Airplane’.
As recently as June Syrian rebels pledged their loyalty to al Qaeda, though they had also done so last year (and in 2011). Does anyone see potential for arms we are supplying the rebels (errr, we mean al Qaeda) to potentially be used against our own forces, or that of our allies, or U.S. citizens and interests? Is anyone dumbfounded by these developments? We sure are, as is Congress (though they approved the move).
According to Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota:
“I believe without a shadow of a doubt this is one of the most insane policies that borders on madness – the United States to give funding, training and arms most likely to al Qaeda in Syria doesn't make any sense,” said “This is absolute madness.”
Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont agreed:
“Distinguishing between the good rebels and the bad rebels is impossible. “The notion that we can have a micromanaged approach and pick the good guys, and arm them, and not have any reasonable expectation that the arms will get into bad hands I think is naive.”
There are also reports that Al Qaeda is set to announce an independent Islamic state in northern Syria. And if this is not bad enough, earlier this week it is reported that upwards of 500 terrorist convicts, including senior members of al Qaeda, broke out of Iraq's Abu Ghraib jail as comrades launched a military-style assault to free them.
Brace yourselves. Our world is about to get a whole lot more dangerous.