President Barrack Obama made a giant leap today, in the run-up to what many see to be an imminent attack against the Syrian regime, led by Bashar al-Assad. In his push for military intervention, in the war torn country, a Senate panel has acknowledged the need for a decisive strike, and has given the OK for use of force.
According to Fox News, the Senate for Foreign Relations Committee submitted a 10-7 vote in favor of military action, in retaliation for the Assad regime’s alleged use of unlawful chemical weapons coordinated against its own population. The attack is reported to have killed over 1,400 people, including 426 young children.
Two of the committee members voted against involvement in the ongoing Syrian civil war, including Tom Udall (New Mexico) and Chris Murphy (Connecticut).
The resolution calls for the “limited” use of force, directed against legitimate targets. However, an additional caveat specifies that the use of force can be for a duration of no more than 60 days, with an additional 30-day extension if mandated by President Obama. In addition, the motion does not permit the deployment of ground troops in the country.
The vote was prompted by Senator McCain’s (Arizona) objections over a previous draft, and called for tougher language.
Meanwhile, Obama claims Syria’s current predicament sets a test of the international community’s resolve over the use of chemical weapons, following his visit to the Group of 20 (G20) summit held in St. Peterberg, Russia.
By: James Fenner