Speaking on “Fox News Sunday” today, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) “said the U.S. should intervene to help Syrian protestors if officials there turn weapons on the public as took place in Libya,” The Hill reports.
Lieberman told host Chris Wallace that if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad begins to slaughter his own people he could face an international coalition willing to implement a no-fly zone as they have done in Libya.
Lieberman said he would support U.S. intervention “if Assad does what Qaddafi was doing, which is to threaten to go house to house and kill anyone who’s not on his side.”
“There’s a precedent now that the world community has set in Libya and it’s the right one,” Lieberman said. “We’re not going to stand by and allow this Assad to slaughter his people like his father did years ago and in doing so we’re being consistent with our American values and we’re also on the side of the Arab people who want a better chance for a decent life.”
Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member John McCain (R-AZ) “said the U.S. should give its moral support to the Syrian protestors risking their lives against a ‘brutal regime’ but emphasized that each of the Middle Eastern nations currently experiencing conflict is unique.”
What about Yemen?
It’s going to be very difficult in some of these countries. Frankly, I have to be honest, I don’t know what we do exactly about Yemen except obviously the president has to step down as he has agreed to do so,” McCain said.
“Egypt is the key. Do not take our attention of of Egypt, it is the center of the Arab world.”