McCain calls for Syria hearing

“All options must now be on the table to stop the bloodletting in Syria,” McCain wrote. “It is incumbent on the Committee to lead a frank and open debate about the merits of the various options at our disposal.”

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McCain, the committee's ranking member, compared the violence in Syria to last year’s violence in Libya, while noting that the Obama administration “inadequately” consulted with Congress about using force to help oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

McCain has been one of the most vocal senators about potentially arming the Syrian opposition, along with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). While McCain ruled out putting “boots on the ground” in Syria, the trio has said severaltimes over the past week that providing aid and arms must be considered.

“The bloodshed must be stopped, and now is not the time to rule out any option that could save innocent lives in Syria and compel Assad to leave power.