Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the "terrible situation" in Syria "has no simple answers."
Pannetta was facing tough questions from Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, who on Monday called for U.S.-led air strikes on the security forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
"In past situations, America has led. We're not leading, Mr. Secretary," McCain told Panetta.
Fox News reports that Panetta defended the administrations decision not to intervene militarily.