The Washington Times - June 14, 2013, 09:39AM

Sen. Ron Johnson said Friday the Obama administration’s new offer to assist Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime may be “too little, too late.”

“The problem is this administration has once again led from behind,” the Wisconsin Republican told MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” “They have not provided leadership. They didn’t start providing support that might have made a difference early on. I hope it’s not too late, but possibly better late than never.”

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Mr. Obama announced Thursday his administration is ready to supply arms and ammunition to the rebels who have been in a pitched battle with President Bashar Assad’s forces, which are backed by Iran and the Hezbollah groups from Lebanon.

He based his decision on firm evidence the Assad regime used sarin gas on the rebels.

Mr. Johnson said the United States needs to make sure it arms trusted rebel groups and not ones tied to dangerous terrorist groups.

“This is a national security issue for the United States,” he told the program, saying chemical weapons cannot fall into the hands of al Qaeda-backed rebels.

“I’d like to just be an isolationist. I’d like to just not worry about the world, but we can’t,” he added. “We’re in a global economy, we have global threats. We need to face up to those threats, and America needs to lead, or else we create voids, and vacuums and very evil people fill those voids.”