Members of both parties increased their pressure on president Obama Tuesday over sending weapons to embattled rebels in Syria, as a group of Senators wrote letter to the White House asking the president to “take specific steps to change the military balance of power in Syria against the Assad regime and its foreign supporters.”
The missive, signed by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Carl Levin (D-Mich.), warns that Assad’s forces are regaining the upper hand after months spent on the defensive in the bloody two-year civil war.
The trio cite reports that large numbers of Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon and increased material support from Iran and Russia are adding to the death toll in a conflict that has already claimed 93,000 lives, according to the latest figures from the United Nations.
The Senators claim that providing arms alone won’t be enough to sway the fight at this point in the conflict, stating explicitly that the US “must take more decisive military actions in Syria.” More