Washington (CNN) – Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said Thursday that we should not arm rebels in Libya as "we got burned" in previous wars by doing so.
In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the California Democrat said, "We did in Afghanistan; we got burned by it. We did in Iraq; we got burned by it. In other words, those weapons cropped up later being used against us, and I don't think that's something we ought to do."
U.S. and British officials say no decision has been made about whether to arm the opposition. "We're not ruling it out or ruling it in," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement Wednesday. "We're assessing and reviewing options for all types of assistance that we could provide to the Libyan people, and have consulted directly with the opposition and our international partners about these matters."
The CIA does have operatives working in Libya, sources tell CNN.
The full interview with Feinstein will be on "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer which airs between 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET Thursday.
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