The nation’s top military officials are expected to face sharp questions from Republicans angry the Obama administration is not taking more aggressive steps to end the 5-year-old-civil war in Syria. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are scheduled to testify Thursday before the GOP-led Senate Armed Services Committee.
The hearing comes after the latest attempt to secure a cease-fire in Syria all but collapsed. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is one of President Barack Obama’s most vocal critics.
He anticipates a confrontational hearing because of mounting frustration among lawmakers over the lack of a coherent strategy for ending the conflict. The Sept. 9 truce envisioned a US-Russian military partnership if violence is reduced and humanitarian aid is delivered consistently.