Feinstein Says ‘UK Makes A Difference’ Hours Before They Vote Against Syria Attack

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein stated that the support and participation of the United Kingdom would make a difference to the administration of President Barack Obama as he continues to contemplate a military strike against Syria in retaliation for alleged chemical attacks.

In an interview with Time, the Democratic Intelligence Committee Chair also said that there is a “very high likelihood” that the United Kingdom would stand with America on the issue.

“It’s a very difficult mission going [at] it alone without boots on the ground,” she was additionally quoted as saying, “I don’t know what you achieve [with] going [at] it alone without boots on the ground.”

She made the comments hours before British parliament voted against military action in Syria late Thursday, leaving only the United States and France as the core of any coalition for action.

Feinstein also told Time that, “if time is of the essence,” then Obama should not necessarily have to wait to consult with Congress before deciding how to proceed.

President Barack Obama signaled Wednesday that the U.S. was moving toward a punitive strike of Syria for recent poison gas attacks that allegedly killed hundreds of people.

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