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McCain: Obama Should Not Have Asked Congress For Approval To Strike Syria

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Sen. John McCain says he will support President Barack Obama’s request to intervene in Syria if the move would “reverse the situation on the battlefield.”

McCain tells NBC’s “Today” show it isn’t sufficient to merely send a strong message to President Bashar Assad with a limited-range response. McCain says a resolution of intervention must include authority to degrade Syria’s air defenses. The Arizona Republican says “it’s an unfair fight” on the ground and that Assad has the upper hand.

McCain says if the authorization doesn’t change the balance of power and give the rebels a fighting chance, then it “will not have the desired effect.”

McCain tells “CBS This Morning” that Obama was wrong to ask for Congressional approval to strike Syria.

“Our word is invalid” if the U.S. does not strike Assad’s regime, McCain said, adding that it’s a “critical moment” for the U.S. military to act.

He says he supports giving Obama authority to act against Assad but that he “cannot support something that might be doomed in the long run.”

Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that more than 1,400 people were killed in a chemical attack perpetrated by Assad’s regime.

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