Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close
AP: 4c42e3ff-179c-4f1e-ad2b-121bfa46ff10
This file photo shows U.S. Senators John McCain, left, and Lindsey Graham, right, talking during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., issued a joint statement Friday urging President Barack Obama to take military action in Syria.

The senators said Sec. of State John Kerry made a compelling case that that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime was in fact behind the use of chemical weapons on civilians on Aug. 21.

"The only remaining question is how to respond to an attack that was a crime against humanity, a violation of international law, and contrary to our interests and values as a nation. Unfortunately, it does not appear that the response to this historic atrocity being contemplated by the Obama Administration will be equal to the gravity of the crime itself and the U.S. national security interests at stake in Syria.

"The purpose of military action in Syria should not be to help the President save face. It should not be merely cosmetic. Instead, the goal of military action should be to shift the balance of power on the battlefield against Assad and his forces. The United States, together with our friends and allies, should take out Assad's air power, ballistic missiles, command and control, and other significant military targets, and we should dramatically increase our efforts to train and arm moderate Syrian opposition forces. This can be done in a limited way, without boots on the ground, and at minimal risk to our men and women in uniform. "

KTAR Newsroom,

share this story:
Attention KTAR.com Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.

Voice For A Better Arizona

  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.