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OR WILL CONGRESS PUSH BACK?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 16, 2013) — A July 11 report in The Hill states that the House and Senate Intelligence Committees voted to render military assistance to the Syrian opposition forces “restricted,” although details are as yet unclear.
The concept of “checks and balances” as outlined in the U.S. Constitution was invoked by members of the committees who spoke anonymously with The Hill. On the same day, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the Obama regime would send “stepped-up assistance” to the rebels regardless of any actions taken by Congress.
According to CNN on July 10, “no one [in Congress] spoke openly” of the arms shipments, which have reportedly already begun. Congress is divided about whether or not arms should be sent to the rebels, who are said to be anti-Christian and infiltrated with members of Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
Carney admitted last summer that aid had been sent to the rebels in the form of humanitarian assistance. However, some suspect that military aid had been sent via the Benghazi outpost which was destroyed on September 11 last year, killing four Americans.
Earlier on Tuesday, The Post & Email contacted the House Intelligence Committee’s press representative, Susan Phalen, to inquire about the status of the hearings on military aid to Syria. Phalen almost instantly responded that we should contact a Shane Wolfe, whose email address she provided.
We contacted Wolfe but did not receive a response as of press time.
The Supreme Military Council now encompasses all rebel groups and is the designated recipient of the U.S. arms. Reuters reported that as of Friday, no arms shipments had reached the rebels because of “a Washington impasse.”
On June 27, several congressmen drafted a resolution naming Obama as having committed an impeachable offense by sending military aid to Syria without the approval of Congress. An inquiry sent by The Post & Email last week to the office of Rep. Walter B. Jones, who sponsored the resolution, also went unanswered.
Walid Shoebat, who was once an Islamic terrorist but converted to Christianity and now works to save imperiled Christians worldwide, said on Tuesday that members of Syrian rebel groups are lobbying the U.S. Congress “and the executive branch” for military assistance. Shoebat also reported that Sen. John McCain, who supports sending aid to the rebels and met with some of them in May during a trip to Syria, is actually supporting terrorists.