U.S. Moves Closer to Military Intervention in Syria
April 30, 2013
Exploiting the unsubstantiated rumor that Syria has used chemicals weapons, senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham went on the Sunday news shows to push for military intervention in Syria.
Graham predicted Syria would “become a failed state by the end of the year” without military intervention. He said not intervening would result in a war with Iran “because Iran’s going to take our inaction in Syria as meaning we’re not serious about their nuclear weapons program.”
The South Carolina senator said the “whole region is going to fall into chaos” if the United States does not commit to attacking the al-Assad regime and its professional and well-equipped army numbering more than 500,000 soldiers.
“My biggest fear beyond an Iranian nuclear weapons capability is the chemical weapons in Syria falling in the hands of extremists and Americans need to lead on this issue. We need to come up with a plan to secure these weapons sites, either in conjunction with our partners [or] if nothing else by ourselves,” Graham told Foreign Policy last month.
In order to be successful, he said, “you’ve got to get on the ground” in Syria.