U.S. Senate likely to pass 'more tailored' Syria act, senator says:
(Reuters) - A resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria will likely pass the U.S. Senate but not without specific changes, the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Tuesday, ahead of a hearing to consider U.S. plans.
"I believe that we will get there," the committee's chairman, Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, said when asked if the Senate had the 60 votes needed to pass the resolution.
But, he added, "I think our resolution that we will ultimately see will be far more tailored than what the administration sent us."
"At the end of the day, (it) will strike the balance between the need to act and act in a way that meets our goals and not create an open-ended, boots-on-the-ground long-term proposition," he told CNBC in the interview. ...
Republican Senator John McCain, who attended a White House meeting on Syria on Monday, said Obama "would seriously consider" providing weapons to opponents fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"We discussed ... increasing the capabilities and that means providing not only weapons, but the kind of weapons they need, which are anti-armor and anti-air. AK-47s don't do very well against tanks," McCain, a member of the committee, told CNN's "New Day."
Both McCain and Menendez said that although any action would be aimed at degrading Assad's capabilities to deliver chemical weapons it could also undermine the Syrian government itself and shift momentum in favor of the rebels. ...Read moreThe U.S Congress put their position above--- and tailored the executive power... so that the strikes are sartorial splendor!