Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member John McCainJohn McCainGOP reps to Obama: No pardon for Bergdahl Free speech is a right, not a political weapon The trouble with Rex Tillerson MORE (R-Ariz.) on
Friday urged President Obama to beef up sanctions against Syria as
protesters and security forces there clashed anew.
“Despite a ferocious and desperate attempt by Bashar al Assad to beat the Syrian people into silence this week, thousands of courageous Syrians have returned to the streets in towns and cities across the country today to demand their rights," McCain said in a statement. "President Obama should expand sanctions immediately against those officials responsible for the dramatically expanded campaign of repression and violence in Syria, including Bashar al Assad personally."
Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Marco RubioMarco RubioSenate GOP to Obama: Stop issuing new rules Juan Williams: McConnell won big by blocking Obama The ignored question: What does the future Republican Party look like? MORE (R-Fla.) also joined the statement.
"We urge [Obama], together with our other allies around the world, to join the call of the protesters echoing across Syria today — that Bashar al Assad has lost the legitimacy to lead, and that it is time for him and his regime to go," the senators said in the statement. "We also urge our colleagues in the ... Senate to send a strong bipartisan message that we will stand with the Syrian people demonstrating for their freedom by passing the resolution we introduced earlier this week."
McCain and Lieberman led calls from Capitol Hill for the Obama administration to intervene in Libya, where U.S. and NATO aircraft and war ships eventually were sent to take on Moammar Gadhafi's forces after opposition elements clashed with that embattled leader's regime.