Both Republican and Democratic senators stepped forward this afternoon in light of news of chemical weapons being used in Syria to say that the proverbial “red line” set by the Obama administration has been crossed:
Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued a statement: “It is clear that ‘red lines’ have been crossed and action must be taken to prevent larger scale use.” She added, ”It is also important that the world understands the use of weapons of mass destruction, such as sarin, will not be countenanced, and clearly Assad must go.”
“In my view, it was crossed,” John McCain said on Fox News this afternoon. “Not only have our intelligence people concluded that, but as importantly, the Israeli, the British and the French have as well.”
On CNN, Lindsey Graham echoed those sentiments and asked, “What’s next?” “There are enough chemical weapons in Syria to kill thousands if not millions of people,” he said. ”I want the Syrian opposition council to agree to work with us, the international community, to secure those chemical-weapons sites and destroy them.”
Bob Menendez, chaiman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told MSNBC’s Tamron Hall that if the intelligence is accurate, then the “red line” has been crossed. ”Well, if we nailed down what we believe, that Assad did in fact have a limited use of chemical weapons against his own people, yes,” he answered when asked if he agreed with McCain.