(WSJ) Whitehouse Blocked Rebel Arms to Syria

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A proposal to arm Syrian rebels was backed by the Pentagon, the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, but the White House decided not to act on the plan, reflecting the extent of divisions over the U.S. role in the bloody conflict.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Marine Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Mr. Obama's top military adviser, revealed publicly for the first time at a Senate hearing on Thursday that they supported a proposal last year by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA director Gen. David Petraeus.

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Posted February 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Ad Orientem wrote:

A very rare case where I applaud the Obama Administration on a foreign policy matter.

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