Citing al-Qaeda links to rebels, Rep. Tom Rooney urges U.S. to stay out of Syria warby George Bennett | July 1st, 2013
But Rooney says the U.S. should not arm rebels trying to overthrow him because the opposition has been infiltrated by al-Qaeda.
“Why should America involve itself in a sectarian civil war in Syria? Which side are we on — Sunni or Shiite? Why send arms to rebels knowing they will wind up in the hands of al-Qaida? Why spend American treasure or risk American lives to escalate a war in which neither side can be counted as an ally? How is this in our national interest?” Rooney says in a column published over the weekend.
Rooney, who also opposed U.S. military involvement in toppling Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, has introduced a bill to block military action in Syria.