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McCain Reportedly Won’t Support Senate Syria Resolution Despite Calling Non-Action ‘Catastrophic’

According to MSNBC reporter Kasie Hunt, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Tuesday that he does not support the Senate resolution to authorize the use of force in Syria.

The proposed resolution “doesn’t make any reference to changing the momentum on the ground in Syria,” and thus McCain cannot support it.

The hawkish senator also reportedly dislikes the resolution as it does not explicitly aim to arm the anti-Assad rebel group Free Syrian Army. McCain also told Hunt that there are “several other senators” who feel similarly to him.

Not supporting the Senate resolution could represent a slight change of tone from McCain, who on Tuesday said that a congressional rejection of using force in Syria would send a “seriously bad message” to hostile nations abroad. The day before that, he lamented it would be “catastrophic” if his colleagues failed to authorize the president’s use of force.

On the other hand, the Arizona Republican also indicated this week that he won’t support a resolution that is “doomed to failure” via “token strikes” that fail to substantively deter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Watch the report below, via MSNBC:


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