Senate Committee Sets Wheels In Motion For Syrian War
September 4, 2013 by Sam Rolley
On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution granting President Barack Obama limited authority to initiate a military strike against Syria in response to alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.
Following objections from Senator John McCain (R-Ariz) that the initial resolution did not go far enough, the Senate panel approved a revised resolution with language giving the U.S. more power to meddle in the Syrian civil war.
“These amendments are vital to ensuring that any U.S. military operations in Syria are part of a broader strategy to change the momentum on the battlefield in Syria,” McCain said in a statement after the vote. “That strategy must degrade the military capabilities of the Assad regime while upgrading the military capabilities of moderate Syrian opposition forces. These amendments would put the Congress on the record that this is the policy of the United States, as President Obama has assured me it is.”
The measure, which will be presented before the full Senate, would permit the President to order a limited military mission against Syria that is supposed to last fewer than 90 days and involve no American combat troops on the ground.
The war proposal passed in the committee with a 10-7 vote. Senators voting against the measure included Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.).