WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators, including some ofPresident Barack Obama's fellow Democrats, pushed the White House onThursday to shift its policy and provide lethal military assistance torebels waging a civil war against…
Sentiment is growing in the
United States and internationally that more
should be done in Syria.
"Shouldn't we do something to prevent this massive slaughter that's going on?" Senator John McCainasked during a heated exchange that ended with the Arizona Republican walking out of the hearing. …
U.S. military assistance say it will counteract
the influence of Islamic militants, ensure chemical weapons do not end up in
the wrong hands and help to counter refugees' anger at Washington for doing too little.
"I believe the time has come to consider providing, in some form, military aid to the opposition," saidDemocratic Senator Robert Menendez, the committee chairman.
At his Senate confirmation hearing earlier on Thursday, Air Force General Philip Breedlove, Obama's nominee to become NATO's supreme allied commander, gave very qualified support to the idea of arming Syrian rebels.
He stressed the need to first ensure that the arms do not fall into the wrong hands, implicitly pointing to concerns that have kept the Obama administration from taking that step.
"If we could assure that the weapons were going to the right people and that we would not have to face them in the future, that would be helpful to removing the regime," Breedlove said.
Asked about the possibility of creating a safe zone in northern
Breedlove acknowledged that the Patriot missile batteries deployed to Turkey by the United States and NATO allies could
be used to "project power."
…How many more people were killed by airstrikes... this unbelievable feeble criminal Assad will be killed.... also have look at this map, FSA control vast Syria I would say 80 to 90% of Syria, ground they are so immensely superior then criminal assad but when come to sky, FSA asked world bit of covering up, or provide them arms can shoot the bloody criminal assad jets... but world just sit there meeting meeting after meeting, promises another meetings, meeting mongers, that take another few months and another thousand of people would be killed by airstrikes... let this nobody feeble criminal assad feasts horrendous malice