John McCain: Congressional Vote Against Military Action In Syria Would Be 'Catastrophic'
AP/The Huffington Post | Posted: 09/02/2013 3:23 pm EDT | Updated: 09/02/2013 3:54 pm EDT
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned that a Congressional vote against military action in Syria would be "catastrophic."
McCain sounded the warning after he and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) met with President Barack Obama on Monday. McCain made similar claims on Sunday, before his meeting with the president.
Graham said he feels there is a "solid plan" from the Obama administration to "upgrade the opposition" in Syria. McCain agreed but still cited "concerns."
"We still have significant concerns but we believe there is in formulation a strategy to upgrade the opposition," McCain said.
After Obama announced he was in favor of action "limited in duration and scope" in Syria, McCain and Graham said that would "send the wrong signal."
"[W]e cannot in good conscience support isolated military strikes in Syria that are not part of an overall strategy that can change the momentum on the battlefield, achieve the President's stated goal of Assad's removal from power, and bring an end to this conflict, which is a growing threat to our national security interests," the senators said in a statement on Saturday.