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February 17th, 2014
09:18 PM ET

Should the U.S. arm Syrian rebels?

Crossfire hosts Van Jones and S.E. Cupp ask Danielle Pletka and Tommy Vietor how they would solve the Syrian crisis.

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Danielle Pletka of AEI debates what she thinks the U.S. should do to resolve the Syria crisis since she doesn't agree with how the administration has handled it thus far.

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  1. ren

    uhh arent those "rebels" the terrorists that we are suppose to be fighting, but being funded by us already? its obvious that we are playing both sides to destabilize the middle east with the help of Saudis, as well as other nations. cant you people see how corrupt things are???

    February 26, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  2. Nick J

    No we shouldn't. It's pretty stupid that Obama is trying to disarm Americans but then he arms his Islamic brothers. What a hypocrite. Those weapons will go to terrorist groups. Let the Middle East destroy itself. They aren't capable of peace.

    February 26, 2014 at 9:05 am | Reply
  3. Chris Asking Questions

    To answer the headline question...no. We should not be arming any "rebels". How do we know that the "rebels" aren't actually AQ terrorists who really want to kill US citizens? Why are President Obama and other elected officials still considering arming the "rebels"?

    February 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • ren

      they are trying to kill Americans, they have already said so...

      February 26, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  4. jsmoulder

    Lets arm them the same way we armed rebels in Afghanistan in the 80's. Then in a few years they we be able to attack us like bin laden did. Never learn from the past, that is what our government is good at.

    February 25, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  5. ZorroIsGod

    why cant we just arm the Indians to the teeth..... for a regime change.... clearly the abuse they endured by the regime merits action to have all its supporter killed off..... like when a regime locks up people without a voice into a closet deserves what it deserves right.....
    a proof is proof is a proof
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFU2iQcFv7U

    February 20, 2014 at 4:27 am | Reply
    • jon vonn

      No arming anyone in Syria. The US and NATO need to stay out of this multi-faceted conflict we do not understand. Assad will retain control. And no aid to anyone anymore. We spend money from out taxpayer while allowing US citizens to be homeless.

      February 23, 2014 at 12:54 am | Reply
      • joe0311

        you are 100% correct

        February 24, 2014 at 10:50 am |
  6. W.G.

    Why are McCain and all the other republicans really interested arming the rebels ? I can garauntee
    you if it were Mr. Obama´s Idea to arm themHe would be called a war monger ! It´s because our
    arms industry needs the money !!

    February 19, 2014 at 7:17 am | Reply
  7. Hank

    No way! WE all know that arming the rebels means arming our enemies who will easily take control of the arms we supply. They've already managed to take over one of the US supply posts. They will take those arms, cross borders into other lands, start "protests", begin more civil wars and spread more anarchy. We should just stop being the military power might of the world and focus on domestic priorities for a change. OUr Nation is turning into a messed up society and we need to get focused on doing what's right HERE! Not in Syria. If other countries haven surpluses in their budgets and they want to get into the fray, let em. OUr goal should be to merely ensure shipping lanes stay open, the flow of goods is not impeded, and we doing good things by way of advancing knowledge in the areas of electricity generation, energy supply systems and water supply systems. That's it. We work for the greater good of normalcy in the economic arena not the war arena.

    February 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  8. Chuck

    Sure why not. We armed the Mujahadin. Just because they morphed into Al Qaeda, no reason to believe that history would repeat itself.

    February 18, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  9. Wajamean98

    If American really wants our Government to do more, pressure the legislation to pressure the President a more decisive action. That being said, if we Americans wants something to be done we have to take the responsibility to voice out your opinions or demands as a whole unified collective voice. Without that our politicians are assuming that no one wants to get involved.

    February 18, 2014 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  10. Thomas Craybon

    Yes we need to aid the Syrian rebels. Assad is getting help from Hezbollah and Iran, and recently al Qaida is assisting Assad in East part of Syria. Al Qaida is at war with the rebels. Al Qaida is killing rebels. By not aiding the rebels, we only prove that we are with al Qaida. !!!!! Help the rebels before al Qaida wins

    February 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      We'll then – Let the "sheet" fall where it may and if Al Qaida wins – Send in the drones.

      February 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • Chuck

      Really?

      "Al-Qaeda assists Syrians in fight to topple Bashar Assad"

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/04/11/syria-al-qaeda-connection/2075323/

      "Al-Zawahri calls on Muslims to help overthrow "pernicious, cancerous regime" of Syrian President Assad."

      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/al-qaeda-urges-muslims-to-help-syria-rebels/

      I suppose you believe there was a Saddam Hussein / Al-Qaeda connection as well.

      February 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • Charles

      I'm starting to wonder if anyone in this country has common sense. Our new "Armed Rebels" will be our future enemy. America needs to start reading its history books. I have serious concern about the country I love. Education is shit, and there is more capitalism than there is democracy. We will rot from the inside out.

      February 19, 2014 at 6:10 am | Reply
  11. ProtectAmericanJobs

    No we should not arm these rebels, because deep down they hate us too.

    Five years from now, the very same people that we arm now, will probably be using those arms against us , against our allies or arming terrorists to help them to commit their cowardly crimes.

    Unfortunately the Middle East is going to continue to be a never ending region of stupidity and violence.

    This is a shame, but I'm really sick of us spending so much of our money, time and resources in these totally messed up Middle East countries. We really need to start increasing the safe harvesting, production and distribution of our own natural energy here in the USA, rather than paying for fuel from countries where they hate us. Let’s keep that money and those jobs here in the US.

    The people in the whole Middle East region are just out of their frigging minds in general.

    Let's start bringing more of our troops home and start using them to protect our country from the incursion of illegal aliens here at home.

    We need to start keeping more of OUR money here at home in the USA versus spreading it all over the world.

    February 18, 2014 at 7:22 am | Reply
    • Winky Blinky

      Why doesnt anyone take the time to try and think about why these people hate us.

      Why do they not blow up Sweeden, and Denmark?

      If we really want to end terrorism we should stop participating in it ourselves!

      February 18, 2014 at 11:59 am | Reply
      • Mike Stevens

        the Middle East now sees the true colors of Hezbollah, Iran, and ISIS(al qaeda affiliate that's currently attacking Syrian rebels on behalf of Assad and Iran).

        If we arm the rebels now, we can be sure that they will destroy Hezbollah and Al Qaeda and will even help Israel destroy Iranian nuclear weapons.

        It's clear the the Obama administration wants Iran to have nuclear weapons to attack Israel. I don't know why Obama hates Israel so much!

        February 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm |
      • ProtectAmericanJobs

        Fine – We should stay out of this just like Sweden, Denmark, etc........................

        There is no reason that our American men and women should be sent over there to risk their lives for another totally messed up country in this never ending region of stupidity and violence.

        February 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm |

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