Former U.S. Army vice chief of staff General Jack Keane said he spoke with Republican senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who were briefed by the president on Monday.
"What [Obama] has told the two senators is that he also intends to assist the opposition forces, so he is going to degrade Assad's military capacity and he is going to assist and upgrade the opposition forces with training assistance," Gen. Keane told BBC Radio.
Subsequently Graham, who recently said he cannot support limited strikes that "are not part of an overall strategy that can change the momentum on the battlefield," said: "There seems to be emerging from this administration a pretty solid plan to upgrade the opposition."
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Donald SensingBecause the opposition is dominated by well-funded al Qaeda elements, this is a little like an Old West US marshal deciding that he'd rather have Frank than Jesse in charge of James gang.