U.S. Won’t Arm Syrian Rebels

The Obama administration said Tuesday that it won’t arm Syrian rebels because little is known about the resistance forces trying to topple Bashar al-Assad’s regime as Mitt Romney said the White House’s approach was a “policy for paralysis” in the region. Jay Carney, the president’s press secretary, said, “The nature and shape of and the membership of the opposition forces is something that we and our partners are assessing,” adding that sending more weapons to the war-torn region could make the situation spin into chaos. Meanwhile, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee criticized President Obama for not sending weapons, saying the U.S. should help to organize and arm opposition groups, though he didn’t give a specific plan.