President Obama is preparing to make good on his “red line” threat by sending lethal weaponry to the Syrian opposition, the Washington Post is reporting. But the action, if it occurs, isn’t imminent.
From the story:
President Obama is preparing to send lethal weaponry to the Syrian opposition and has taken steps to assert more aggressive U.S. leadership among allies and partners seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, according to senior administration officials . . .
Officials did not specify what U.S. equipment is under consideration, although the rebels have specifically requested anti-tank weapons and surface-to-air missiles.
Insertion of U.S. troops is opposed by Syria’s neighbors and by the American public in a series of recent polls. It remains highly unlikely barring a spillover of the conflict into major regional instability, significant chemical weapons use, or indications the weapons are falling into the hands of al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants fighting alongside opposition forces.
A final decision is not likely for weeks, according to the report.