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Wednesday
Apr112012

Senators Keep Pushing to Arm Syrian Rebels

Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Two U.S. senators said Tuesday that the time has come to get tough with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who ignored a ceasefire plan in order to continue his onslaught against pro-democracy rebels.

Traveling in Turkey, Arizona Republican John McCain and Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman renewed their call for arming anti-Syrian government forces despite misgivings by the Obama administration that such action could prolong the conflict.

Al-Assad was supposed to have ordered a withdrawal of soldiers and heavy artillery from population centers on Tuesday as directed by a six-point plan crafted by United Nations special emissary Kofi Annan.  However, when rebels balked at new conditions demands by al-Assad, the crackdown that has left more than 9,000 dead in the past 13 months showed no signs of abating.

Touring a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey, McCain and Lieberman urged the international community to provide weapons to al-Assad's foes to "change the balance of power on the ground."

Acknowledging White House concerns that the rebels may be too closely allied to al Qaeda militants, the senators said that doing nothing at this point would be worse, adding, "If responsible nations abandon the people of Syria, we should not be surprised if they increasingly turn to violent extremists for help."

Meanwhile, Annan said Tuesday that he doesn't believe his peace proposal has totally collapsed although al-Assad's seeming rejection of its provisions fits previous patterns of disregarding other ceasefire agreements.

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Thursday
Mar032011

Senators McCain and Lieberman Seek Economic Aid for Egypt

Photo Courtesy - ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Two key senators Thursday said the U.S. must help Egypt rebuild its economy in the wake of the revolution that swept through the country last month.
 
“I wouldn’t take our eye off Egypt,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “Egypt is the heart and soul of the Arab world and what happens in Egypt, I think, will be vital to what happens in the rest of the region.”
 
McCain recently traveled to Egypt and other nearby countries with Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who joined him at Thursday’s event. Both senators said the U.S. should take an active role in bringing economic assistance to Egypt.
 
“I think, two things, very quickly, one is, to assist with the mechanisms of a free and fair election, the voter education, the voter registration. A lot of that they're very smart and doing themselves,” McCain said. “But the second and most important thing is job creation. This thing started with a young man in Tunisia who had a college degree who couldn't get a license to sell vegetables, so he burned himself to death. He epitomized in many ways this educated class of young people who had no hope and no job opportunity. And I would say that it's all kinds of assistance, but I would say that the thing they probably want more than anything else is investment, investment to create jobs.”
 
The lawmakers also suggested working with other countries on debt forgiveness for Egypt. However, Lieberman acknowledged that such actions “will be a tough sell on the Hill now because of all our deficit problems.”
 
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