The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “U.S. lawmakers press Obama to TAKE ACTION ON Syria” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/international-troops-prepare-syria-u-senator-150852575.html).
“Republican senators on Sunday (April 28, 2013) pressed U.S. President Barack Obama to intervene in Syria’s civil war, saying America could attack Syrian air bases with missiles, but SHOULD NOT send in ground troops”.
Speaking on CBS‘s “Face the Nation“, Sen. Lindsey Graham said: “Neutralizing the government forces’ air advantage over the rebels “could turn the tide of battle pretty quickly“.
“PRESSURE IS MOUNTING on the White House to do more to help Syrian rebels fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, which the Obama administration last week said had probably used chemical arms in the conflict”. “Pressure is mounting on the White House” from REPUBLICANS..
“Graham said international action was needed to bring the conflict to a close but “You DON’T need boots on the ground from the U.S. point of view“. Is ANY OTHER COUNTRY willing to “put boots on the ground?”
“Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, said the United States should STEP UP ITS SUPPORT for Syrian rebels, EVEN IF it turns out that Assad’s forces HAVE NOT used poison gas in the conflict“. Speaking on NBC‘s “Meet the Press”, McCain said: “We could use Patriot (missile) batteries and cruise missiles”.
“McCain said an “INTERNATIONAL force” should also be readied to go into Syria to secure stocks of chemical weapons”.
“There are a number of caches of these chemical weapons. They CANNOT fall into the hands of the jihadists (people who want to wage war on RELIGIOUS grounds)”.
Finally, “The Pentagon is also wary of U.S. involvement in Syria. The president’s top uniformed military adviser, General Martin Dempsey, said last month he could not see a U.S. military option with an “UNDERSTANDBLE outcome” there”, “an “understandable” NEGATIVE “outcome”.
This is an interesting conclusion because GRAHAM and MCCAIN are two of the most PRO-WAR senators the United States has had, but who’s (i.e. which country is) willing to SEND SOLDIERS now that we know the United ISN’T willing to do this.