Shortly after President Obama revealed his “plans” to start arming Syrian rebels, Congress began to balk, noting that the plans lacked any real details on how it was supposed to work, or how those arms would be kept away from al-Qaeda.
Two weeks later Congress is said to still be holding up the scheme because the administration still hasn’t addressed the concerns. Officials continue to press Congress to relent, but seem reluctant to address their issues.
That doesn’t seem like an accident, and some familiar with the situation say that the president’s plan was never really all that specific, the issues can’t be addressed because they haven’t planned for them.
The White House has openly expressed hope to start seeing weapons on the ground by the end of the month, but that seems increasingly unlikely as the rebels grow more divided and Congress can’t be convinced to ignore the very real problem of arming al-Qaeda.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Israel Announces Plans for Massive Military Spending Hikes - August 16th, 2018
- Iraq Carries Out Airstrike Against ISIS 'Operations Room' in Syria - August 16th, 2018
- Senators to Resist Trump Plans to Cut Foreign Aid - August 16th, 2018
- As Costs Rise, Pentagon Announces Military Parade Postponed - August 16th, 2018
- US Threatens Further Turkey Sanctions if Pastor Not Freed Soon - August 16th, 2018