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Senators Unveil Resolution on Syria; 'How Many More Have to Die?' Asks McCain

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A small group of senators Wednesday unveiled a resolution on Syria, that condemns the government of Syria and “supports the right of the people of Syria to defend themselves."
“How many more people have to die?” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., asked as the U.N. reported Tuesday the death toll in Syria has climbed above 9,000. "How many have to die before the United States will take a leadership role in trying to end the mass slaughter that is taking place in Syria?”
The resolution supports calls by Arab leaders to provide Syrian people with weapons and other material support and calls on President Obama to work closely with regional partners to “implement these efforts effectively.”
“We in the United States have both a moral and strategic reason to support their efforts by at least giving them the means with which to defend themselves,” Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said. “Based on the disproportionate availability of weapons and the willingness of the Assad regime to use it against the Syrian people, Assad will go of natural caucuses before he is eliminated from office because of the massacres he has perpetrated on his own people.”
The resolution does not call for putting American boots on the ground or airstrikes against Syria. It does not endorse any kind of unilateral action by the United States. And it is not an authorization for the use of American military troops.
But it does call on the Obama administration to take more of a leadership role in the situation.
McCain says the Obama administration is doing “nothing,” except saying that the departure of Syrian President Bashar Assad is inevitable.
“Not even speeches by the president or members of the administration condemning the violence and massacres taking place, even though that is a key national security issue according to the president of the United States’ policies,” McCain said Wednesday.
In introducing the resolution Wednesday, senators were critical of the U.N.-backed peace plan for Syria, saying that it fell short in not calling for Assad to step down.
“The U.N. is fiddling while Syria is burning,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said. “There is nothing to negotiate but this guy leaving.”
“Everything we know about Bashar suggests that he accepted this peace plan because he is playing for time,” Sen. Graham added, “he is exploiting the good faith desire by many in the international community to find a diplomatic solution to end the bloodshed so that he can continue his killing and creating more bloodshed.”
Senators hope that their resolution will be brought to the Senate floor quickly, but there is not a time estimate yet on when this could happen.

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Senate Resolution Ups Pressure on Iran’s Nuclear Threat

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Responding to the renewed threat of a nuclear Iran, a bipartisan group of senators Thursday introduced a resolution that declares it “unacceptable” for Iran to obtain nuclear capability.

“This Congress needs to speak,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said at a press conference Thursday. “This resolution, we hope, will get almost unanimous support from Republicans and Democrats.”

So far, 32 Senators have signed the resolution and the senators hope to add more support soon.

The resolution is not an authorization for the use of military force but emphasizes the need to keep all options on the table.

“It is a statement to Iran, the international community and President Obama that if Iran refuses to negotiate an end to their nuclear weapons program and President Obama, therefore, decides that a military strike against that program is necessary in the interest of our national security, then he can count on strong bipartisan support in Congress for that decision,” said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.

The resolution states that containment is not good enough and should not be a “fall back” position.

“If it takes military, that needs to be an option on the table and we are absolutely committed on a bipartisan basis for addressing this national security threat to our country and our allies,” said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

The senators hope the resolution will add an extra sense of urgency to the administration’s handling of the issue.

“This moment is the equivalent in historic and strategic importance as the Cuban missile crisis,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. “It is unfolding more slowly, perhaps in greater complexity. But the sense of urgency is absolutely there.”

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UN General Assembly Condemns Syrian Violence

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The UN General Assembly Thursday voted in favor of a resolution in support of the Arab League to call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down.  The resolution also denounced violation against the human rights of Syrians.

The resolution passed with 137 votes in favor, 12 no votes and 17 abstentions.  The vote tally could change, since at least three countries complained they were not able to register their electronic votes properly.

Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Russia, China were among the countries voting against the resolution.

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Senators Introduce Syrian Resolution to Aid, Not Arm, Opposition

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Senators Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced a resolution Friday calling for the departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and calling on the Obama administration to start providing “substantial material and technical support” to the Syrian opposition.
The resolution does not support arming the opposition, a Senate aide confirms.
The resolution shows they believe there is a lot the U.S. can do to help the opposition in terms of providing communications support, helping the political opposition organize, humanitarian aid and reporting on abuses inside the country.

The resolution says U.S. assistance should be provided upon request to Syrian organizations that are representative of the people of Syria, make demonstrable commitments to protect human rights and religious freedom, reject terrorism, cooperate with international counterterrorism and nonproliferation efforts and abstain from destabilizing neighboring countries.
“We need to hasten Assad’s departure from power and also lay the groundwork for the difficult path towards a true inclusive democracy,” said Sen.  Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The resolution condemns Bashar al-Assad regime’s human rights violations, calls upon Assad to step down from power, condemns the Governments of the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran for providing military and security equipment to Syria and urges the President to begin taking steps to prepare for the fall of Assad’s regime.
The Senate is out of session until Monday afternoon. It is likely the first movement on this resolution will begin early next week in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Additional co-sponsors of this bipartisan resolution include Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

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