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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dem Senator questions Obama war policy

We are ruled over by the insane
We flood Islamist groups in Syria with weapons and then we scream we have to attack Syria because it is full of weapons.

As Senate leaders announced a proposal to lump together authorization and funding for military operations to combat Islamic State terrorists in Syria, members of both parties signaled deep disappointment.

Exiting Senate lunches, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) was deeply skeptical of the decision to go to war in Syria.

Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Manchin said he was concerned that the United States was about to repeat the same mistakes as in Iraq in Syria reports Breitbart News.

“We spent eight years training, clothing, feeding, and arming a 280,000 person army, spent 20 billion dollars, and the first time they got a challenge they went and ran and basically turned over their weapons to the enemy?” he asked. 

Obama Is Arming ISIS to Fight ISIS

Earlier, in a hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Patrick Dempsy, Manchin appeared exasperated when questioning the proposed actions in Syria, pointing out that he was having difficulty explaining to his constituents why it was important to send more resources into the Middle East.

Manchin pointed out the absurdity of trying to train fighters in Syria to fight ISIS when both parties were interested in toppling Assad.

“So what happens if they say -- why won’t we just all join forces to beat Assad?” he asked.
“Nothing makes sense to me at all,” he said, although he admitted that he was supportive of air strikes and tactical support in Iraq as long as Iraqis were willing to take the ground game.

Speaking to Breitbart News, Manchin did not indicate how he would vote on the continuing resolution with war funding and authorization in Syria, but was unhappy with the decision to add the two together, calling it “absolutely unwarranted.”

“I want them to separate them. I think we should stay here, and the most valuable policy decisions we have to make is the future of where we are going in that part of the world… isn’t it serious enough to separate the two and let us vote on where we are going on the policy in the war that we’ve been embroiled into whatever the outset is?” he asked. “If it looks like a duck, and it walks like a duck, then it’s probably war -- over there.”

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