(CNN / Worthy News)– Defending President Barack Obama's foreign policy as one of global leadership – rather than the passive stance his critics portray – National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Friday the United States was taking important steps in Syria by offering both "lethal and non-lethal" aid to the moderate opposition fighting a bloody civil war.
"The United States has been the single largest contributor of humanitarian assistance, providing over 1.7 billion dollars," she said in an interview with CNN. "That's why the United States has ramped up its support for the moderate vetted opposition, providing lethal and nonlethal support where we can to support both the civilian opposition and the military opposition."
But there are concerns that some forces fighting against Assad could be aligned with terrorist groups, including the jihadist Al Nusra Front. Those concerns have thus far prevented any public announcements of lethal aid to Syrian rebels.
(Photo: President Barack Obama speaking to National Security Adviser Susan Rice)