Now we turn to the simmering debate over what the u.S. Should do about syria. There are reports that the president may be ready to make a bold and controversial move, and arm the rebels. Abc's chief... See More
Now we turn to the simmering debate over what the u.S. Should do about syria. There are reports that the president may be ready to make a bold and controversial move, and arm the rebels. Abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tells us the latest. Reporter: Today embattled syrian president bashar al assad, the man accused of using chemical weapons on his own people, made his first public appearance in more than a month, appearing entirely at ease, touring an electrical plant in damasc damascus. Syria's future cannot include assad. His hands are bathed in the blood of his own people. He has no place in syria's future, and no support from the syrian people. Reporter: Senior u.S. Fishes say the administration is now considering sending weapons to rebel fighters. They've requested anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons. Abc news has learned the f non-military aid to rebel fighters arrived in syria yesterday and more is in the pipeline, including body armor, and nice vision goggles. Sending weapons would be a big move and a move that he rejected last year out of fear the weapons would end up in the hands of anti-american extremists. No decision has been made yet on sending the weapons, but one idea now under active consideration is that it may be the best of what are all effectively bad ideas. A way to put pressure on syria, without committing u.S. Troops. Jon, thank you.
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