Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and other lawmakers asked the U.S. to consider providing arms to the Syrian opposition, as new videos surfaced that allegedly show the bloody aftermath of a massacre in the city of Homs, Fox News reported.
"The bloodletting has got to stop," McCain said in a statement.
The President Barack Obama Administration noted that they preferred the options of humanitarian assistance and increased international pressure, according to the news outlet.
"We don't think more arms into Syria is the answer," said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. "We think the answer is to get to a national democratic dialogue, for the violence to stop, for the regime's tanks to come out of the cities and then for monitors to be able to go back in."
The Washington Times reported that Nuland noted that the U.S. was not taking any options off the table, but she spoke to the assertions made by Obama concerning securing peace in the region without an international military intervention. She also spoke to how Libya was a "completely different situation" than what is unfolding in Syria.