(WASHINGTON) — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Thursday called on President Obama to start preparing for possible military action in Syria, in light of the news that U..S intelligence agencies have detected Assad’s government is potentially preparing for use of their chemical weapon stockpiles.
“We are deeply distributed,” Sen. John McCain said Thursday at a press conference on Capitol Hill, “these reports may mean that the United States and our allies are facing the prospect of imminent use of weapons of mass destruction in Syria. This may be the last warning we get.”
McCain said the option of military intervention is an option that the United States must be ready for.
“We urge the President of the United States to make whatever military preparations necessary to show Assad that the United States is fully willing and able to impose the consequences that he has spoken of in the event that these weapons are used.”
“We’ve sat for too long on the sidelines,” Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said, appearing at the same press conference Thursday afternoon, “the need for engagement and more than that, urgent action, is clear and now.”
Lieberman said the message to President Obama, who has said that there will be drastic consequences for Assad and his government if they use chemical and biological weapons, is: “We’re with you.”
“There is strong support across Congress if the president takes the strong action,” Lieberman said.
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