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Published On: Sun, Aug 25th, 2013

John McCain and Lindsey Graham on Syria: ‘Now is the time for decisive actions’

In response to the reports of use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released the following statement Sunday:

“Recent reports and information from Syria lend additional credibility to what has been clear since last week: Assad and his forces have once again used chemical weapons against civilians in Syria and are, in fact, escalating their use. Their recent massacre of hundreds of men, women, and children around Damascus clearly constitutes the commission of a war crime, and it is the responsibility of civilized nations everywhere to ensure that those responsible are held accountable.

John McCain and Lindsey Graham Image/Sgt. Mark Fayloga--US Marine Corps

John McCain and Lindsey Graham
Image/Sgt. Mark Fayloga–US Marine Corps

Now is the time for decisive actions. The United States must rally our friends and allies to take limited military actions in Syria that can change the balance of power on the ground and create conditions for a negotiated end to the conflict and an end to Assad’s rule. Using stand-off weapons, without boots on the ground, and at minimal risk to our men and women in uniform, we can significantly degrade Assad’s air power and ballistic missile capabilities and help to establish and defend safe areas on the ground. In addition, we must begin a large-scale effort to train and equip moderate, vetted elements of the Syrian opposition with the game-changing weapons they need to shift the military balance against Assad’s forces.

“The United States has sat on the sidelines for too long as the conflict in Syria has taken the lives of more than 100,000 Syrians and turned millions more into refugees, including 1 million children. The conflict is now becoming a regional one that directly threatens some of America’s closest friends and allies in the Middle East. And with each passing day, we run the growing risk that Syria’s vast caches of chemical weapons could be transferred to, or acquired by, forces that could pose a threat to the United States and our friends and allies.

“It is not in our national security interest for this conflict to grind on, as some suggest. To the contrary, as we have clearly seen, the longer the conflict in Syria goes on, the worse and worse it gets and the more it spreads throughout the region. Instead, we must work to end this conflict as soon as possible by taking decisive steps that can shift the balance of power on the battlefield against Assad and his forces. Anything short of such actions now would only allow the conflict in Syria to continue, with all of its worsening consequences, and would be a further sign of U.S. indecision and weakness. This will only add to the deterioration of the region.”

 

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today.

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  1. Don Ross says:

    Yes John and Lindsay – it is time for some decisive action; that being, decide to use your brains. Even Ronald Reagan (as shallow as he was) had the sense to get out of Lebanon, even after the murder of 241 US Marines, sailors, and soldiers.
    This is an Israeli, European, and Russian problem.
    Syria is just a couple of hundred kilometers from the old USSR and not much further to Cyprus and Europe proper. The United States is 11,000 kilometers away.
    Quite simply, we don’t have a dog in this fight.
    We (the US) bombing Syria is no different from Russia shooting missiles into Sinaloa State, Mexico – to stop the drug trade.

  2. azwi says:

    John McCain is a old bitter and sick man who has become a dangerous warmonger!

  3. tomj says:

    According to John McCain it’s “always times” for senseless wars, killings, bombings, invasions, and senseless bloodshed.

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