Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved one resolution this Wednesday authorizing limited military intervention of U.S. in Syria, which sets stage for one debate in full Senate the next week regarding use of the military force.
Committee did vote 10-7 in the favor of one compromise resolution which sets one limit of 60-day on any of the engagements in Syria along with barring use of troops of U.S. over ground for the combat operations.
Compromise tends to be more limited compared to original proposal of President Barack Obama but it meets administration’s goal about punishing Syria regarding what government of U.S. says is use of the chemical weapons over civilians of Syria, killing above 1,400 people.
This authorization still has to encounter significant resistance within Congress, where a lot of lawmakers fear that it could lead towards one prolonged military involvement of U.S. in civil war of Syria and spark one escalation of the regional violence.
Full Senate could vote on this resolution the next week. House of Representatives must also approve this measure.
Obama as well as the officials of administration have pushed the Congress into acting quickly, saying that national security as well as international credibility of U.S. is at risk in decision whether force should be used in Syria for punishing government of President Bashar al-Assad for use of chemical weapons.
John Kerry, Secretary of the State, told House Foreign Affairs Committee in one meeting this Wednesday,
“If we don’t take a stand here today, I guarantee you, we are more likely to face far greater risks to our security and a far greater likelihood of conflict that demands our action in the future. Assad will read our silence, our unwillingness to act, as a signal that he can use his weapons with impunity.”
Committee vote did come after 2 panel leaders – Republican Bob Corker and Democratic Chairman Robert Menendez – crafted one compromise for meeting the concerns from a few lawmakers that resolution of Obama was very open-ended.
Arizona’s Republican Senator John McCain objected to this much narrow wording. Still the committee did adopt amendments that were proposed from McCain with the policy goals about degrading ability of Assad to use the chemical weapons, that increased support for the rebel forces as well as reversed the battlefield momentum for creating the conditions for removal of Assad.
Many lawmakers are heard to have said that they’re worried that this resolution might lead to the ground troops of U.S., – which the officials of administration said will not happen.
“Ed Royce, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, told Kerry in Wednesday’s hearing, It’s very clear on the House side there is no support for boots on the ground. “
This was answered flatly by Kerry,
“There will be no boots on the ground. The president has said it again and again.”