By Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON- U.S. and European officials have determined that Syrian
government has deployed chemical weapons against rebels, the New York
Times is reporting.
The White House announced late Thursday
afternoon that they are going to hold a previously unscheduled call with
reporters to discuss Syria.
No details were offered about whether
any major announcements are coming in the 5 p.m. call. The report
confirming chemical weapon use comes as President Obama faces greater
pressure to step up action in Syria.
Earlier on Thursday, Politico
reported that former President Bill Clinton agrees with Sen. John
McCain, R-Ariz., that Obama should be more forceful to support Syrian
rebels who are fighting the government forces of President Bashar Assad.
people say, 'Okay, see what a big mess it is? Stay out!' I think that's
a big mistake," Clinton said during a Tuesday event on behalf of the
McCain Institute for International Leadership in New York City.
agree with you about this," Clinton told McCain. "Sometimes it's just
best to get caught trying, as long as you don't over-commit -- like, as
long as you don't make an improvident commitment."
Thursday, White House press secretary Jay Carney responded to Clinton's
comments that "The president makes a decision about the implementation
of national security options based on our national security interests,
not on what might satisfy critics at any given moment about a policy."
Carney declined to say whether Obama disagreed with Clinton's views.