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JOHN MCCAIN: It Would Be 'Catastrophic' If Congress Blocked Obama On Syria

President obama meeting with John Mccain and Lindsey Graham white houseThe White House/Pete SouzaPresident Barack Obama meets with Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham in the Oval Office to discuss Syria, Sept. 2, 2013. National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice is at left.

Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham came out of their meeting with President Barack Obama more optimistic and supportive of a plan of military intervention in Syria. It potentially lines them up as key allies for Obama in Congressional passage of authorization of military force. Both warned, however, that passage has a “long way to go.”
McCain told reporters after the meeting that a vote that prevents military action in Syria would be “catastrophic.” He said that U.S. credibility would be “shredded,” since Obama said on Saturday that he has decided military action is appropriate.

And both McCain and Graham both expressed confidence that Obama’s plan of more limited intervention than they had hoped for would both weaken Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and strengthen rebel forces.

Graham, meanwhile, warned of the consequences a failed vote would have and the message it would send to Iran in their proliferation of nuclear weapons:



The meeting with McCain and Graham was part of a broad push by the White House to win Congressional support for their military plan.

McCain and Graham are both important votes in the Senate, because they represent two of the Republican Party’s fiercest foreign policy “hawks.” They support action, but they don’t think Obama’s current plan of limited airstrikes is enough.

And they want a strategy that will eventually lead to the toppling of Assad — something the administration says is not the goal of the current plan, as it could lead to a longer-than-anticipated engagement in the country.

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