The Syrian National Council has formed a military body to serve the role of Defense Ministry and to coordinate rebel factions. But not all of the rebels are onboard yet, and the SNC is looking to the west for funding and weapons. In a speech Monday on the senate floor, John McCain called on the U.S. to lead an effort to help the rebels. The Obama administration is in a tight position. The president is expected to give a speech later today with a decision on how the U.S. should approach the SNC.
Joshua Landis is author of the blog Syria Comment and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He joins the program to discuss what we can expect from Obama and the challenges faced by the the SNC.