Key US senators strongly criticize Obama's Syria policy

By REUTERS
October 31, 2013 22:02

WASHINGTON - Democratic and Republican members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee strongly criticized the Obama administration on Thursday for lacking a plan to resolve the war in Syria.

"I just don't get a sense that we have a strategy," said Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, the panel's chairman, during a contentious hearing on Syria policy.

Noting the war's human cost and recent gains by President Bashar Assad's forces, several senators made clear their disappointment at the administration's failure to carry through with promises of military aid for the rebels.

"I think our help to the opposition has been an embarrassment and I find it appalling you would sit here and act as if we're doing the things we said we'd do three months ago, six months ago, nine months ago," said Senator Bob Corker, the panel's top Republican.

The two-and-a-half-year war in Syria has killed more than 115,000 people and left millions homeless.


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