McCain says he would oppose a weak Syria resolution

September 3, 2013

A day after warning that a vote by Congress against military action in Syria would be "catastrophic," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he might vote against the use of force resolution himself if it's too weak.

"...To do something that really doesn’t change anything -- in other words, some token strikes, and then some time later, [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] uses those chemical weapons again," McCain said on the "Today Show." "What then? Go through the same routine?"

McCain added that he would only support the kind of military action "that will achieve the goals that I just described."

"If it doesn’t, then obviously I can’t support it," he said.

McCain warned Monday against a situation in which Congress votes against a president seeking the authority to launch a military strike.

“If the Congress were to reject a resolution like this, after the president of the United States has already committed to action, the consequences would be catastrophic, in that the credibility of this country with friends and adversaries alike would be shredded,” McCain told reporters.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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