Senate Hawks Push for Obama Move Against Syria

White House Says 'Range' of Options Being Considered

Three of the Senate’s most enthusiastic hawks, Sens. John McCain (R – AZ), Joe Lieberman (I – CT), and Lindsay Graham (R – SC) have issued a joint statement on Thursday demanding that President Obama publicly order Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign immediately.

The statement made copious references to Libya, which the United States launched a war against last month, and insisted that President Obama should take the same stance that “it is time for Assad to go.”

Whether this is an explicit call for a war is a matter of some debate, as Sen. McCain was rejecting the notion earlier this week. Sen. Lieberman, on the other hand, has been calling for a war in Syria since late last month, saying Libya set a precedent for such an attack.

The White House’s response was vague, as indeed most of its responses have been lately. Spokesman Jay Carney would say only that the White House is considering a “range” of possible options against Syria.

Author: Jason Ditz

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