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The U.S. government has been providing non-lethal aid to rebel forces in Syria, and just last month, Secretary of State Kerry said the U.S. was ready to increase that amount of aid to $250M. It is likely that the U.S. will soon be supplying the rebels with body armor, night vision goggles and armored vehicles. In addition to these items, the rebels are asking for weapons and ammunition, drone strikes, and the establishment of no-fly zones.

Senator John McCain met with rebel commanders in Syria last week. In those meetings, rebels again called for the U.S. to provide heavy weapons, no-fly zones and airstrikes against government strong holds and Hezbollah targets. Hezbollah, an Islamic militant group based in Lebanon, is becoming more active in Syria.

In my research for this article, I had no trouble finding 3 examples of heavy weapons already in use by Syrian rebels. In the first example, they are shown checking their anti-aircraft weapon. The second example is a video showing rebels using an American made, Vietnam era M40 106mm recoilless rifle. The final example is an article describing the heavy weaponry being used by the rebels. Weapons on the list include; mortars, rockets, tanks, cannons and even portable surface-to-air missiles, capable of downing Syrian aircraft.

This is indeed a panoply of powerful military hardware. The article referenced above in the final example, depicts how rebels are able to acquire functioning weapons in battle victories. They are also skilled enough to assemble potent and accurate makeshift weapons, from parts and pieces found on the battlefield.

The point I am attempting to make is that there is already an abundance of military hardware in use by, and available to, Syrian rebels. Why is it necessary for the U.S. to provide more? If our government decides to arm the rebels, I believe we will then be committed to this conflict, until it is brought to a close. I wonder, who would dictate the monetary amount we would give to this cause? Would the fact that our government is essentially bankrupt figure into the equation? Will “We the People” have any input regarding this issue?

What type of weapons would be given to the rebels? Would they receive our newest technology? Regardless of how they are equipped, they will not win every battle. Just as they confiscate weapons in their victories, so will U.S. weapons be confiscated in their losses! Would the amount of munitions given to the rebels be so large that it would cause a shortage for our own troops? Once in their possession, would the rebels be willing to barter their newly acquired weapons for political appointments, preferential treatment or personal comforts?

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On Wednesday December 5th, Dilip Joseph (an American working in Afghanistan) and two of his Afghan colleagues, were abducted by gunmen while returning from a rural medical clinic near the capitol city of Kabul. From there, the group was reportedly taken to an area approximately 50 miles from the Pakistan border.

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In this video I will be speaking with Richard Holdcraft. Richard is the Kern County Coordinator for the Election Integrity Project. The Election Integrity Project originated in California in 2010. Find out how you can get involved and help prevent voter fraud on election day.

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Late last year, Heckler & Koch Defense was awarded a military contract valued at $23 million.

 

      

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The origins of Memorial Day can be traced back to John A Logan. John Logan was born on February 9th, 1826 in Murphysboro IL. He was a politician, but he also served with great success as an officer during the Civil War. Logan fought at Bull Run, Vicksburg, the Battle of Belmont and was wounded during action at Fort Donelson. For his leadership ability and dedication to duty, Logan was ultimately promoted to Major General in the spring of 1863.

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The use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) is not a new phenomenon. These destructive implements antedate the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by hundreds of years. Terrorists have long relied on IEDs to further their criminal activities, perpetuate fear and kill those who do not share their ideology. The fuse to the War on Terror was lit when IEDs were flown into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville PA, killing thousands of innocent Americans. And currently in Afghanistan, IEDs kill more U.S. troops than any other weapon.

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As the war in Afghanistan grinds on, our troops are faced with an ever increasing amount of danger, stress and pressure. Many of them are on their third, fourth or even fifth combat deployment. Officially, our commitment runs through the year 2014, and President Obama recently declared that he is holding to his plan which calls for the U.S. and its allies to transition to more of a support role in 2013, before turning over full time security to the Afghans in 2014.

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