A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his weapon as he takes a defensive position in the old city of Aleppo

A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his weapon as he takes a defensive position in the old city of Aleppo on July 3 (Reuters / July 3, 2013)

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    Should the U.S. send military aid to Syrian rebels?

    • Yes. More than 90,000 people have been killed. The U.S. can't keep standing by as Syria's government massacres its people, especially now that the tide seems to be turning back in favor of the government and its allies.
    • No. The U.S. wasted trillions of dollars and thousands of lives on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and created more problems than we solved. Why would we want to get involved in another?
    • Yes. President Obama had warned that Syria would be crossing a "red line" if it used chemical weapons. Once evidence proved that, the U.S. had to get involved to maintain its credibility.
    • No. There's too much risk that American money and weapons will end up in the hands of Islamic extremists and maybe someday used against us or our allies.
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The Obama administration says it will begin arming rebels in Syria’s civil war. The decision came when the White House got conclusive evidence that Syria used chemical weapons against its own people. The White House said the U.S. would send small arms, ammunition and anti-tank weapons to the rebels. Four senators, including Connecticut’s Chris Murphy, are trying to stop this with legislation barring President Obama from providing military aid. The bipartisan group of senators includes Republicans Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Tom Udall and Mr. Murphy, who is a Democrat. The senators say U.S. intervention is too risky and there’s no guarantee about whether American weapons will end up in terrorists’ hands. Do you support the White House decision to get involved? Do you think U.S. help will make a difference? Should the U.S. stay out of the fight? Or is it in the national security interest of the United States to get involved?


Murphy Right To Oppose Syrian Rebel Aid
Courant editorial, July 3

Four Senators seek to bar military aid to Syrian rebels
Reuters, June 20

Murphy right on Syria; and liberal nullification
Chris Powell column, Journal Inquirer, June 20