USAs støtte til de syriske opprørerne vil øke i både omfang og styrke, sa stabsjef i Det hvite hus Denis McDonough søndag.


Speaking on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” McDonough did not say whether arms shipments to Syrian rebels would include artillery and other heavy weaponry that could help reduce the military regimes advantage. In the shadow of Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States has to tread carefully, McDonough said.

“We have to be very discerning about what’s in our interest and what outcome is best for us, and the prices that we’re willing to pay to get to that place,” he said. “We’ve rushed to war in this region in the past; we’re not going to do it here.”

Republicans such as Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, faulted the administration for not providing the kind of detailed plan needed to get congressional approval for the military aid to Syria.

“The administration needs to come up to Congress and make a comprehensive case.  What is the plan?  Where are we going on Syria?  And what do you want to accomplish?,” Rogers said on “Face the Nation,” after McDonough spoke.  “Some of the things that they’ve told the Intelligence Committee in the past doesn’t comport with what they’re presenting as the direction they want to go.  It seems to me they have a great media strategy; they don’t have a great Syrian strategy.”