U.S. Senators Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jim Webb, D-Va., both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced legislation requiring the president to produce reports describing all the known Syrian opposition groups and the number of and security of all weapons used by the regime and opposition forces in Syria.
"In order to ensure an effective U.S. policy, we are requesting the necessary information to fully understand the makeup of the Syrian opposition and the weapons held in Syria. We all condemn the atrocities being committed by the Assad regime against their own people and call for an end to the violence. But we don't know enough about what's happening internally or what the outcome would be if we arm the opposition or get involved militarily, as some are suggesting," Corker said.
"I have repeatedly warned against precipitant action in Syria without taking into account all the ramifications," said Senator Webb. "We need analytical metrics before we debate providing assistance, military or otherwise, in what United Nations officials have recently characterized as a civil war. Detailed reports on the situation in Syria are sorely lacking at the very time we need such information in order to make informed decisions about U.S. policy. I urge swift consideration of this bill."
The bill would require the President to issue a report to Congress describing in detail all the known opposition groups, both independent and state-sponsored, inside and outside of Syria that are directly or indirectly opposing the Syrian government. Further, the legislation mandates an assessment from the president on the size and security of conventional and non-conventional weapons stockpiles in Syria, as well as the sources and types of weapons flows to opposition forces.