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Citing al-Qaeda links to rebels, Rep. Tom Rooney urges U.S. to stay out of Syria war

by George Bennett | July 1st, 2013


Syrian President Bashar Assad is “unquestionably evil,” says U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee.

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.

9 Responses to “Citing al-Qaeda links to rebels, Rep. Tom Rooney urges U.S. to stay out of Syria war”

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    Finally, common sense words about Syria coming out of a politician’s mouth.
    Unfortunately, I have to withhold belief of Rooney’s words BECAUSE politicians consistently lie and twist facts.
    So I’ll wait and see.

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