WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-Proliferation and Trade, issued the following statement on the amendment passed by the House to train and equip Syrian rebels. Congressman Poe voted against the amendment.
“Today the House voted to ‘train and equip’ a rag tag group of so-called Syrian ‘rebels’ who are currently fighting Assad. Arming an unknown guerilla army with American weapons is reckless and dangerous. It is misguided to assume that Syrian rebels have any allegiance to the United States. In fact, it has been reported that some former rebels are now fighting with ISIS. Our so-called allies today could be our enemies tomorrow and use weapons to assist, not destroy ISIS. We cannot trust others to fight our battles for us.”