Report: US preparing military options in Syria

President Obama has said that the United States is still seeking a diplomatic solution, and White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that getting involved militarily or arming the Syrian opposition is not being considered at this time.

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Several lawmakers, including Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMellman: Memories may be beautiful, yet… Schumer to oppose Pompeo as secretary of State Arizona GOP blocked from changing rules on filling McCain's seat MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP anxiety grows over Trump’s Iran decision Overnight Cybersecurity: Senators eye path forward on election security bill | Facebook isn't winning over privacy advocates | New hacks target health care Paul backs Pompeo, clearing path for confirmation MORE (R-S.C.), said Tuesday they think the United States should start considering whether to arm the rebels against the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The United States has hoped that a United Nations resolution would help lead to a political transition in Syria, but the resolution was vetoed over the weekend by China and Russia.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice warned that the veto would embolden Assad’s forces to escalate their crackdown.