BELGRADE – The US Senate passed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that puts every person who travels by plane at risk. It cleared the senate with a 92 to 7 margin. The bill is sent to US President Obama where it is expected to be signed into law, according to an article on SOFREP titled “Congress authorizes anti-aircraft missiles for Syrian opposition”:
“Congress for the first time authorized the Department of Defense to provide vetted-Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles. The provision is contained within the $619 billion Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the Senate on Dec. 8 and the House on Dec. 2. Under the bill, the Secretaries of Defense and State must submit a report to Congress explaining why they determined Syrian groups need man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS),” article states.
Everyone who has followed developments on the ground in Syria knows that the distinction between the “good” terrorists and the “bad” terrorists is pure bunkum. According to a recent article in the New York Times, rebel groups supported by the US “have entered into battlefield alliances with the affiliate of al Qaida in Syria formerly known as al Nusra.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that rebel groups are “doubling-down on their alliance with al Qaida. This alliance has rendered the phrase ‘moderate rebels’ meaningless.”
One member of congress spoken out forcefully against the NDAA . Representative Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii released the following statement following the voting on December 2:
“This bill contains the same deeply concerning and dangerous Syria train and equip measures that I’ve fought against since the program’s inception.First, it creates the potential for dangerous ground-to-air missiles getting in the hands of ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other terrorist groups. ….
Second, the bill reauthorizes and extends the Syria train and equip program for two years. When the Department of Defense brought this program to Congress two years ago, I strongly opposed it due to a weak vetting process,…instead of fighting against ISIS, al-Qaeda, or other terrorist groups—(the vetted militants) ended up joining these terrorist groups in their battle to overthrow the Syrian government.”