Senator Perdue Introduces NDAA Amendments to Combat Obama’s Failed Middle East Strategy

Urges Follow Through in Syria & Iran to Prevent Further Destabilization 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) introduced two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to combat President Obama’s failed policy in the Middle East. The first would authorize assistance to vetted moderate Syrian rebels and the second would require a comprehensive strategy to prevent Iran from creating a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. 

“For over four years, President Obama has failed to enact a comprehensive strategy in the Middle East, and just this week admitted that ‘we don’t yet have a complete strategy’ in the region. It is troubling that we continue to put our men and women in harm’s way without a clear plan in place,” said Senator Perdue. 

“Right now, ISIS continues to fill a dangerous void in the region. Meanwhile, we’re about to see moderate Syrian fighters we’ve trained and equipped return to the battlefield, without a clear strategy in place on how to assist them, as they are attacked from all sides including terrorist groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda backed al-Nusra, Hezbollah, and the Assad regime itself. 

“Further, in dealing with Iran, we need to beware of any grand bargain with a potential nuclear regime that will continue to support terrorism and further destabilize the region. Without real follow through on these fronts, President Obama’s incomplete strategy will only continue to embolden our enemies and make America less safe.”

Senator Perdue’s Amendments: 

•    Senator Perdue Amendment No. 1861: Supporting Vetted Syrian Opposition From Hostile Adversaries: This amendment authorizes the Secretary of Defense to provide assistance to vetted Syrian opposition, upon their return to Syria, to provide protection from hostile adversaries. This includes support for intelligence, defense, medical assistance, and logistics. 

•    Senator Perdue Amendment No. 1842: Requiring A Strategy For A Post Iran Deal Middle East: This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense in coordination with the National Security Council, Department of State, and other relevant agencies, to produce a strategy for the Middle East in the event of a nuclear agreement with Iran. The Obama Administration must provide this strategy to Congress within 60 days of any final Iran nuclear deal.