Meet the Press   |  April 07, 2013

Graham: Should give Syrian opposition more assistance

Armed Services Committee member, Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., says he would grant more assistance to the opposition forces in Syria – as long as the international community can secure their chemical weapons.

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>> about syria before we get more perspective on north korea . you met with opposition forces in syria . you have been talking about more actively helping them, getting the u.s. more involved. do you have a different view about that now?

>> a bit. the syrian opposition council replaced the syrian national council . they want more assistance. i think we should give them more assistance. there's two things that drive my thinking on syria . the key to jordan is a casualty. the worst is yet to come regarding syria if we don't fix this soon. jordan is being overrun by syrian refugees. and before i would arm the rebels, i want a commitment by them that they will allow an international force to secure the 17 chemical weapon sites, enough weapons to kill millions of people, and commit to destroy destroying those weapons. in the new syria they will reject owning chemical weapons . if they would do those two things, i told them, i think there would be more involvement by the congress, there would be more willingness by the congress to help them. they have to commit to destroying those weapons, allowing us and the international community to control those weapons. i don't know what they're going to say. but if they publicly made those two statements, i think it would be easier for congress to help them. and the radical elements in the syrian three army are growing by the day. the worst is yet to come. we could lose to the king of jordan . this could be the nightmare in the making with the chemical weapons following into radical islamists. the number on the ground is growing every day this war goes on.