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71 Republicans and a slew of Democrats opposed funding Syrian rebels for fairly similar reasons: trust.
It’s a concern shared by many Americans and those in the military community.
“The Syrian rebels are taking on the Assad regime. Who do you think they’re going to go after [if we arm them]?” Rep. Amash said. “They’re going to go after Assad. That’s going to create more chaos in the region.”
Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) explained why they voted against the recent House amendment to arm and train the Syrian rebels at the Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) Alexandria, Virginia, Thursday.
Amash believes — as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) does — that the amendment, which passed in the House 253-156, will create more chaos in the region.
“The Syrian rebels are taking on the Assad regime. Who do you think they’re going to go after [if we arm them]?” Amash asked. “They’re going to go after Assad. That’s going to create more chaos in the region.”
Amash also called for a repeal of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).
“If we need another Authorization for Use of Military Force or declaration of war it should have an expiration date. Not because we want to tell our enemy when we’re leaving, but because Congress needs to maintain control of the situation [rather than the president],” he said.
Thomas Massie doubled-down on Amash’s view, saying “Everybody in Congress that voted for that is culpable.”