UPDATE: Senate Also Approves the Legislation
“Obama is our commander-in-chief. You don’t weaken the commander-in-chief when we’re in a serious crisis,” said Representative Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. (The New York times, 17 September)
Opponents, an unusual left-right coalition, cautioned that a “yes” vote would be a step toward a wider conflict in a region where American troops have been fighting for more than a decade.
UPDATE: The Senate on Thursday approved legislation allowing training and arming of Syrian opposition by a vote of 73-22. (AP)
File photo: U.S. House of Representatives; Washington, DC. (Dreamtime.com/@Kuosumo)