Rep. Eliot Engel Will Introduce Legislation to Allow the U.S. to Arm Syrian Rebels

By Curt Villarosa

Feb 24, 2013 1:37pm
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Engel believes ‘it’s time’ for the US to move to arm the Syrian rebels

ENGEL:  I think it is the choice.  And I will be introducing legislation to allow the president to arm the rebels.  I think it’s time to do that.  I think the Free Syrian Army needs help.  We know who they are.  And I think it’s time that we make that move.

Below you can find some of the notable comments made Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Guests included ABC News’ George Will.; House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich; Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY; ABC News Global Affairs Anchor Christiane Amanpour; Democratic strategist and ABC News contributor Donna Brazile; TIME Magazine contributor Steven Brill; former Lead Auto Adviser and Counselor to the Treasury Secretary Steven Rattner; and Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel.

 

Rogers advises China shouldn’t ‘act like a thief’ to be considered an ‘international player’

ROGERS: I’m arguing let’s start the indictment process, even in absentia, to send a message to China that you cannot — if you want to be an international player, you can’t act like a thief in the night.

 

Amanpour declares sanctions have been ‘catastrophic’ to the people of Iran

AMANPOUR:  Oh, it’s been catastrophic.  I mean, all our reporting, just talking to individuals in Iran, it’s been catastrophic for the people, but as David says it is less affected the regime.  And what it has done is militarized Iran.  In other words, now everything is viewed in the parameter of war.

Will calls out the President’s Iranian foreign policy

WILL:  If the president means what he has said repeatedly and clearly, nuclear Iran means war with the United States.  The president has said that he does not endorse containment of Iran.  They will not have, he said, nuclear weapons.  So if they can cross that threshold, there must be some red line somewhere that means not a nuclear Iran, but war with Iran.

Strassel states the momentum behind gun legislation has ‘slowed down’

STRASSEL:  It has slowed down, but the reason it has slowed down is because the president’s own party is divided on this issue.  And so when you look in the Senate, there’s a lot of disagreement among Democrats themselves over most of the president’s agenda, in particular the ban on semiautomatics, known as the assault weapons ban, things like magazine restrictions.

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