Menendez: Senate Resolution to Approve Syria Strike ‘Hits The Sweet Spot’

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday that the Senate’s drafted resolution for the authorization for use of military force “hits the sweet spot” between preventing boots on the ground in Syria and allowing President Barack Obama to send an unequivocal message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“It has the input of both sides of the aisle. It tries to capture the views reflective of members of the Senate,” Menendez said of the resolution, which he drafted along with Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It’s tailored, narrow in scope and breadth and assures no American troops are on the ground. And it has a time limit, at the same time giving the president the wherewithal to punish Assad for the use of chemical weapons and send a message.”

“It hits the sweet spot,” he added.

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