Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have issued the following press release statement regarding the situation in Syria:
“The escalating crackdown by Bashar al Assad’s regime against the Syrian people has reached a decisive point. By following the path of Moammar Qaddafi and deploying military forces to crush peaceful demonstrations, Assad and those loyal to him have lost the legitimacy to remain in power in Syria. We urge President Obama to state unequivocally – as he did in the case of Qaddafi and Mubarak – that it is time for Assad to go. The President should take tangible diplomatic and economic measures to isolate and pressure the Assad regime, including through targeted sanctions against Assad himself and other regime officials who are responsible for gross human rights abuses.
“Bashar al Assad has been given countless chances to pursue meaningful dialogue and reform. He has squandered all of them. Rather than hedging our bets or making excuses for the Assad regime, it is time for the United States, together with our allies in Europe and around the world, to align ourselves unequivocally with the Syrian people in their peaceful demand for a democratic government.”
McCain is Ranking Member on the Armed Services Committee. Lieberman and Graham also serve on the committee.