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President Obama authorized military aid to Syrian rebels for the first time.
After the White House announced it had firm evidence that president Asad regime used chemical weapons on its own people.
The administration is so far ruled out putting American boots on the ground but is keeping the next play close to the vast chief White House correspondent Ed Henry has the story.
It's being billed as a major policy shift for President Obama to get the commander in chief is -- -- talking to one of his top deputies Ben Rhodes who's offering little detail on exactly how aggressively they're arming the Syrian rebels are not going to be able to say here's the specific list of every type of item that will be delivering in Syria it's it.
-- an instance where we can be specific about every single.
Aspect of what we're doing I can give you -- specific time minor itemized list of what that assistance -- -- -- got there.
-- secrecy around what you're saying.
We just are more limited and our ability to again say well here's the inventory of everything -- we're doing.
I understand it.
Question am I'm -- Internet Republican John McCain who recently visited the -- has been demanding they get heavy weapons.
Like artillery and anti aircraft missiles to fight Syrian military tanks and aircraft.
He suggested today the White House may be holding back on.
In part because they're only sending light arms -- machine guns which may do little to turn the tide against Syrian president Bashar Al -- For us to sit by.
And watch these people being massacred raped tortured in the most terrible.
The Russians -- -- -- Hezbollah is all in and and we're talking about giving them more light weapons I mean it it's insane it.
For the second straight day Rhodes took the public lead on the issue.
The staffer announcing the change in policy -- immediate conference call Thursday night just as the president was in the east room.
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Today the president held a Father's Day luncheon with -- at risk youth and celebrated the Indiana -- recent WNBA championship.
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-- -- My -- while Rhodes made the case for why the administration has ruled out putting US boots on the ground -- Syria.
And we certainly don't think it's in our national interest introducing US troops.
We need to be humble hear about our ability to.
Solve a problem like Syria.
And certainly on our own.
McCain is pushing the administration to at least institute a no fly zone over Syria that could help the rebels neutralize -- airpower.
We've determined -- by -- side is killed about a hundred a 150 people with chemical weapons how to be -- the other 93000.
It it's it's just what what the president did was he gave them a red line the -- -- green light to do everything else.
Kevin Rose also ruled out a no fly zone is being much more difficult inexpensive to implement than the one that was in Libya.
Back in march of 2011 but -- in -- far fewer people were killed in Libya before the president put in that no fly zone.
And also sent warships to the Mediterranean.
-- We will talk about it with the panel coming up Ed Henry live at the White House thanks and it.
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