The issue of arms for Syrian rebel forces continues to arise, particularly from Republican congressmen like Senator John McCain and his buddy, Lindsay Graham. General Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff admitted that he had engaged in discussions with outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Dempsey insisted they reviewed a “menu of options” but the discussions were “conceptual” in nature. Both were particularly concerned about “understanding the environment” surrounding fighting in Syria.
Syrian rebels include those genuinely concerned about creating a democratic Syria to those desiring imposing a sharia directed government which would compel all to adhre to precepts of Sharia law. Hopefully, the US learned from Libya that it was one thing to overthrow a dictator, another to create a democratic society. Always remember Mali!