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September 17, 2014

Great: Amendment To Permit Obama to Arm and Train Allegedly "Moderate" Syrian Extremist Militants Passes House

We're doing this because Obama has no allies willing to contribute ground forces, so any port in a storm.

So supposedly these Moderately Extremist Militants will be "vetted" by Obama and Congress or something.

During a closed-door morning meeting, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other leaders will try to win over their conference by arguing they are curbing Obama’s authority and requiring top administration officials to regularly keep Congress in the loop.

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The narrower amendment, offered by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), includes several provisions intended to soothe Republicans and Democrats worried about giving the administration blanket authority to arm and train Free Syrian Army rebel groups, which would be used in the fight against ISIS.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would have to give lawmakers a heads-up at least 15 days before beginning any training of opposition fighters -- a provision offered by administration officials, aides said.

And the Pentagon would need to give an update to lawmakers every 90 days.

The language also limits presidential authority through mid-December, and states Obama does not have the green light to send in U.S. combat troops.

It passed with bipartisan support:


Update: Kerry to Code Pink: if you care about women, you should support this war on ISIS.


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