NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The time has come to arm the Syrian rebel fighters, according to Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations committee.
The conflict in Syria has been going on for nearly two years.
The Obama administration opened the door to new military options in Syria after declaring last week it strongly believed the Assad regime used chemical weapons in two attacks in March. Two days after that announcement, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said arming the Syrian rebels was a policy consideration.
“The legislation that I am proposing I think helps us move forward in trying to address the crisis in Syria and I believe that Assad’s regime’s behavior, whether be in the use of chemical weapons or the wholesale slaughter of civilians has crossed a line that forces us to consider all these options,” Menendez told WCBS 880’s Steve Scott.