White House Closer to Arming Syrian Rebels?

Obama considers nonlethal aid to rebels fighting Aasad, with weapons among the options.
1:24 | 05/01/13

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president obama is set to provide more military aid to the rebels fighting president assad in syria. One of many issues at the press coerence, abc's jon karl was there with tough questions of his own. Good morning, jon. The president stepping up the pressure on syria but also making clear that we're not talking about troops here. Reporter: That's right, george. No desire in this white house to send u.S. Troops to syria or get them involved in that conflict really in any wayut what they are preparing to do is significantly ramp up aid to the rebels that are fighting president assad. In the short term this will mean more nonlethal aid like night vision goggles, body armor, communications equipment, but i am told that the administration is preparing plans that would send weapons, lethal aid those rebels. This issing the president has long resisted because of the chance that those weapons could end up in the wrong hands. Jon, you also asked the president a question about his languishing legislative agenda. It seemed to get under his skin a little bit but he is having some trouble with cong Reporter: It was the hundred-day mark and faced a string of defeats. He's, you know, had problems with the republican house and some democrats in the senate. The president did push back very hard on the notion that he doesn't have any juice when it comes to congress and predicted he will still have big legislative victories most likely on immigration, george.

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